The labor department continues to succeed in eliminating labor-only contacting and other forms of illegal contracting arrangements, Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said yesterday.

Bello said the government’s anti endo campaign has so far netted 45,605 regularized workers from July 2016 to March 2017.

“We managed to increase the number of workers whose employment were regularized following our assessments and massive information drive on contractualization. With our new department order which bans labor-only contracting and other forms of illegal contracting practices, we hope for more contractual workers to become regular this year,” he said.

The labor secretary said that 35,781 workers were voluntarily regularized by 1,322 employers while some employers resorted to termination of employment due to incapacity to regularize their employees.

“Since July, DOLE has been strictly implementing laws and regulations on job contracting and DOLE immediately provided placement and livelihood assistance to those whose employment has been terminated due to incapacity of some employers to absorb regular workers,” he said.

To boost efforts at abolishing illegal contractualization practices, Bello recently issued Department Order 174 on Contracting and Subcontracting, and deputized labor groups to inspect establishments for their compliance with the new order as well as with existing labor laws and regulations.

“I believe that more workers under illegal contracting arrangements will become regular workers as we strictly enforce the new department order,” he said.

The labor secretary has also authorized Undersecretary Joel Maglunsod to supervise a team composed of labor compliance officers and representatives from labor and employers that will conduct inspections of more than 90,000 establishments to assure their compliance with labor standards and existing labor laws.


END/ Abegail De Vega

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