The government is succeeding in slowly wiping out ‘endo’ and illegal contractualization, Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III declared yesterday.

“We are on track with our objective to eliminate ‘endo’ and other forms of illegal contracting arrangements,” he said.

Bello said a total of 32,437 workers are now enjoying job security after their employers and contractors converted their employment into regular status.

Of this figure, 28,772 workers were regularized after the conduct of 186 consultations and meetings with 9,100 establishments.

About 3,665 workers were regularized after the DOLE Regional Offices inspected 17,147 establishments and contractors.

Meanwhile some companies that committed to regularize their workers are those in the priority industries. These include mall giant SM, with 4,796 workers; and convenience store chain 7-Eleven with 800 workers, and Rustan’s with 1,200 workers.

But while some companies volunteered to regularize their workers, seven manpower agencies in Luzon became the first recipients of the cease-and-desist orders (CDOs) from the labor department. The agencies issued with CDOs include Global Skills Multi-Purpose Cooperative, HD Manpower Services Cooperative, Worktrusted Manpower Cooperative, Excellent Multi-Purpose Cooperative, and DCMM Manpower Services in Calabarzon; JD Manpower Services in Metro Manila; and Abelline Human Resources Services in Central Luzon.

While directing the DOLE Regional Offices to suspend the Certificates of Registration of establishments found violating the law of security of tenure, Bello assured that the government’s war against illegal forms of contracting arrangements should not lead to job losses as feared by some sectors.

Bello added that some 1,123 displaced workers in the mining industry were already provided with P3,200,550 emergency employment by the Department under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD).

“This is just temporary employment for displaced workers who were affected by our campaign against ‘endo’. We will also be providing them with livelihood or skills training,” said Bello.

Of the 1,123 workers, about 787 workers from Berong Nickel Corp were given emergency employment of P2,242,950 while 266 workers from CitiNickel Mines Development Corporation were provided with P758,100 assistance. The said company also paid 24 workers with P708,371.76 separation pay.

The contractor of the said mining companies, Batarasa Consolidated Incorporated reported the displacement of 70 workers who were also given assistance of P199,500.00

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