The government is winning the war to eliminate labor-only contracting and other forms of illegal contracting arrangements, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said yesterday.
Citing a year-end report from Bureau of Working Conditions (BWC), Bello said that 125,352 workers are now benefitting from regular employment status, including those set for regularization towards the end of the year.
“We are ending this year with more workers enjoying stable employment status through our intensified labor inspections and voluntary regularization of collaborating establishments. As President Duterte has committed, we are pursuing the campaign to stop this pernicious practice with more vigor,” Bello said.
Based on the BWC report, 40,903 workers were regularized through regular labor assessments, and 27,144 more workers are set to be regularized based on Compliance Orders that had been issued.
BWC also reported that 8,697 workers have secured regular employment status through voluntary regularization while 48,286 other workers are expected to be regularized by their employers by yearend.
Based on the same report, a total of 81,445 establishments nationwide covering 3.2 million workers were inspected by Labor Laws Compliance Officers (LLCOs) to ensure compliance with the labor laws and standards.
Bello suspended earlier this month all labor inspection activities to allow compliance officers to plan for a more effective monitoring and inspection program for 2018.
“DOLE will make sure that companies and employers nationwide will strictly abide by labor standards most especially in regularizing their employees. On top of that, workers should also be entitled to proper wages and benefits under the laws,” he added.
END/Abegail De Vega