Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III yesterday directed all Regional Offices of the Department to launch a massive information campaign against illegitimate contractualization and ‘endo’ practices to ensure strict implementation and enforcement of workers’ right to security of tenure.
“I ordered all Regional Directors to go all out in informing the public, particularly the employers and workers, that we are serious in our target of reducing ‘endo’ practice by 50 percent by 2016 and abolishing it by 2017,” said Bello.
Bello also directed the Department’s Regional Directors to double their efforts in the conduct of consultations and dialogues with workers and employers, including priority industries, where illegitimate contractualization and ‘endo’ practice is most prevalent. The priority industries include hotel and restaurant, manufacturing, health and wellness, malls, food chains, agricultural plantation, and corporate farms.
He added that through the conduct of orientations, the Department would be able to clarify and address issues on the government’s efforts to end illegitimate contractualization which are being raised by various employers’ associations and other stakeholders.
Bello also said that the Department is developing a frequently asked question (FAQ) pamphlet which will be disseminated nationwide. The said FAQ will also be posted in the websites of DOLE offices/agencies.
“There is a need to clarify and clearly define the concept of labor only-contacting engagements, status of employment, and the instances which might lead to the circumvention of the law,” said Bello.
“Labor-only contracting is prohibited. This means that labor-only contracting, or those arrangement where the contractor or subcontractor merely recruits, supplies or places workers to perform a job, work or service for a principal, is illegal,” said Bello.
He added that the Department recognized that illegitimate contractualization or “endo” practices exist in both bilateral and trilateral employment relationships.
“Illegitimate contractualization or ‘endo’ are practices which constitute labor-only contracting or other similar arrangements where the duration of employment is fixed for a short period for purposes of circumventing workers’ rights to security of tenure, self-organization and collective bargaining, labor standards, and other basic workers’ rights,” said Bello.