Labor and Employment Undersecretary Joel Maglunsod urged private establishment workers to support and cooperate with the government in eliminating ‘endo’ and other prohibited labor practices in the country.
Serving as Guest of Honor and Speaker during an employees’ union assembly in Mandaluyong and in a forum organized by a group of lay ministers in Manila, Maglunsod said the issue of ‘endo’ would not be resolved without the active participation of workers.
“Hindi natin magagawa at mapagtatagumpayan ang ating mga ipinaglalaban kung hindi rin kikilos ang mga manggagawa,” Maglunsod said.
The Undersecretary also emphasized that with the marching order of President Rodrigo Duterte to put an end to ‘endo’ and other forms of illegitimate contracting, the government is now implementing several initiatives to address the problem.
Among these is the continued massive information campaign against illegitimate contractualization and ‘endo’ practices in the country.
Included in the campaign are consultations and dialogues with workers and employers where illegitimate contractualization and ‘endo’ practice is most prevalent.
“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,” Maglunsod said.
Another initiative that the Undersecretary cited was the conduct of assessment and re-assessment to priority industries that have high incidence of contractualization.
These priority industries include the manufacturing, malls, food chains, hotels and restaurants, and corporate farms.
“The Department’s nationwide joint assessment is in support of the first track of the DOLE’s three-pronged action plan on putting a stop to abusive employment arrangements,” Maglunsod added.
Included in the three-pronged action plan are the strict enforcement of labor laws through inspection, joint assessment, and compliance visit; policy review of the existing Implementing Rules and Regulations, particularly on contracting and subcontracting; and amendment of the Labor Code provisions on contracting and subcontracting and security of tenure.
“Clearly, these efforts would not prosper unless there is support and commitment from both our employers and workers,” Maglunsod concluded.