The labor department is set on an overdrive in going after more non-compliant establishments still engaged in illicit labor-only contracting practice and violations of labor standards.

This after the submission to Malacanang of the list of more than 3,000 companies found violating the prohibition against illegal contracting and sub-contracting.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said yesterday he has given the green light for the enlistment of 200 new labor inspectors to beef up the roster of a little more than 500 already deployed nationwide. Those to be recruited are part of the 2,000 new inspectors being eyed by DOLE to complement the assessment of over 900,000 establishments across the country.

Bello has sworn into office 35 new labor laws compliance officers who will be deployed soon in critical areas. He challenged the new officers to go the extra mile in performing their duties as labor inspectors.

“Today you have become labor inspectors. This is a big responsibility because you are tasked to champion and translate into action our commitment for intensified social protection for our Filipino workers,” Bello said.

The labor inspectors are tasked to visit, assess, and inspect businesses in the country to ensure compliance with general labor standards and occupational safety and health standards.

“Your addition to the roster of LLCOs is expected to boost and spell greater success to our all-out campaign to provide the Filipino workers job security, protected rights, enhanced welfare and a safer and healthy working environment,” Bello added. Twelve of the new LLCOs are licensed engineers; three are under board engineers, 10 are nurses, and three are graduates of law. The others are teachers, and commerce, business management and criminology graduate.

“Remember that you will now be in the frontline and your paramount duty is the promotion of workers’ welfare, safety and protection. Bear in mind that these same fundamental enjoyments for workers are the necessary elements in ensuring the sustainability and growth of businesses and industries,” Bello said.

### Paul Ang

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