Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III has ordered all the regional directors of the labor department to publish a list of contractors and subcontractors with expiring and expired registrations for the renewal of their certificates based on the provisions of the new department order which bans labor-only contracting and other forms of unlawful contractual arrangements.


To ensure uniform implementation of the Department Order No. 174, Bello said all contractors and subcontractors in their respective regions must submit their application for renewal of certificate to be included in the Registry of Legitimate Contractors, Subcontractors and Service Providers.


“Contractors and subcontractors with expired registrations are directed to cease and desist from engaging in their activities while those with expiring registration are directed to renew their certificate of registration at least 30 days before expiration,” Bello said.


The labor secretary also said that all pending application for renewal of certificates and pending labor standard cases, as well as the cancellation of registrations, will be resolved without delay and will be monitored by the labor compliance officers.


On the other hand, the contracts and agreements executed under D.O. No. 18-A, series of 2011, must not be impaired or diminished, consistent with the provisions of the Labor Code. The rights, benefits, and obligations of parties to an existing Service Agreement or Employment Contract under the prior department order will be respected until its expiration.


The contractors and subcontractors registered under D.O. No. 18-A are also not required to file an application for renewal as it also governed by the applicable provisions of D.O. No. 174.


“We must ensure uniform implementation of the new department order for the compliance of all the contractors, subcontractors and service providers. Our inspection teams headed by Undersectary Maglunsod are also ready to assure their compliance with labor standards and existing labor laws,” Bello said.


He also reiterated that DOLE is serious in implementing the new department order, which took effective on April 3, 2017, to end labor-only contracting and other forms of unlawful contractual arrangements among Filipino workers.


END/ Abegail De Vega

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