Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III yesterday directed the 17 Regional Offices to cancel or suspend the Certificates of Registration under Department Order 18-A of contractors and subcontractors which are practicing illegitimate contracting and subcontracting arrangements, including ‘endo’.
“All Regional Offices are directed to cancel or suspend the Certificates of Registration of establishments which are violating the law on security of tenure. This is consistent with the Department’s effort to eliminate illegitimate forms of contractualization and the practice of ‘endo’,” said Bello.
He added that the DOLE Regional Offices shall assess the contractors and subcontractors in their respective regions to determine which establishments are practicing labor only contracting.
“After the Regional Offices have conducted the required assessments and found out which establishments in their area are practicing ‘endo’ or other forms of illegitimate contractualization, I have given them the order to suspend or cancel the Certificates of Registration of these business establishments,” said Bello.
The 17 Regional Offices have also been tasked to submit the list of contractors and subcontractors whose Certificates of Registration were suspended or cancelled.
Meanwhile, Bello also said that the Department had already sent a letter to the big establishments in priority industries to comply with the law of security of tenure.
“We already sent letters to big companies and corporations directing them to comply, otherwise we will also cancel their Certificate of Registration,” said Bello.
He added that companies are given 15 days to voluntarily comply with general labor standards, including the regularization of their contractual workers to who have been hired under ‘endo’ practices or those hired under illegitimate contracting arangements to avoid the suspension or cancellation of their certificate of registration.