DOLE lauds two firms in Bicol for voluntarily absorbing contractual employees

Date Posted: August 16th, 2016 01:45 AM

The Department of Labor and Employment commended two local firms in Region V for voluntarily absorbing contractual employees in response of the government’s intensified campaign to eliminate ‘contractualization’ or ‘endo’ and other forms of prohibited practices.

 

This was after DOLE Bicol conducted a regional intensified campaign in mapping active manpower agencies, contractors and sub-contractors and in launching information drive to convince principals or employers to absorb their contracted workers.

 

DOLE Bicol’s campaign went on a high gear after DOLE Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III instructed DOLE regional offices to enforce workers’ rights to security of tenure.

 

As a result, the manpower agency of two renowned local firms, Hotel St. Ellis in Legazpi City and Stance Sales Distribution in Naga City, submitted a report to DOLE Bicol on the number of contractual employees who were voluntarily absorbed by the two principals.

 

“We thank these firms for positively answering our call to absorb contractual employees. We are positive that more establishments in the region will follow suit,” DOLE Bicol OIC-Regional Director Atty. Ma. Karina Perida-Trayvilla said.

 

In recognition of their efforts, DOLE Bicol commended Hotel St. Ellis and Stance Sales Distribution for absorbing their contractual, agency-based workers into permanent direct hire employees. DOLE Bicol also lauded Personnnel Solutions, the manpower provider of Hotel St. Ellis and Stance Sales Distribution, for their cooperation and support to DOLE’s campaign to eliminate contractualization.

 

“Five former agency-based employees are now enjoying permanent direct hire status, two for Hotel St. Ellis and three for Stance Sales and Distribution, and more is coming. Weekly, we will monitor the number of workers who will be absorbed by their principals here in Bicol,” OIC Regional Director Perida-Trayvilla said.

 

The contractual employees who were absorbed as permanent employees holds the position of field office associate, accounting staff, sales personnel, company driver and helper.

 

It can be recalled that in May this year, 22 contractual linemen were also appointed as permanent employees of Casureco IV with a retroactive permanent status effective January 2016 after a successful Single Entry Approach (SENA) proceedings before the regional office.

 

“We want other establishments here in Bicol to look up to Casureco IV, Hotel St. Ellis and Stance Distribution. If these companies can make it happen, then others can, too,” OIC RD Perida-Trayvilla said.

 

Based on records, there are 27 manpower agencies in the region, and about 15 of them were already assessed by DOLE Bicol through its Labor Laws Compliance System (LLCS) Program over the past weeks. The remaining agencies will be mapped on the succeeding weeks.

 

“We want to know the exact number of contract employees in the region and from there, we move on with the subsequent campaign on eliminating contractualization,” OIC-RD Trayvilla added.

 

As of press time, DOLE Bicol is intensifying its campaign in convincing other companies in the region to absorb their contracted employees.

 

END/RP Escalante

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