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In Bataan, 40 FAB locators oriented on amended rules on contracting and subcontracting
FREEPORT AREA OF BATAAN – Some 40 locators of the Freeport Area of Bataan (FAB) were recently oriented on Department Order No. 174-17 by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
 
D.O. 174-17, which supersedes D.O. 18-A or “the rules governing contracting and subcontracting,” sets stricter guidelines for firms who wish to engage into contracting and subcontracting.
 
DOLE Regional Director Atty Ana Dione reported to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III that 97 locator-representatives attended the orientation initiated by the Authority of the Freeport Are of Bataan (AFAB).
 
Dione said that the orientation aims to provide information and a better understanding on the salient features and changes of the amended Department Order (D.O.).
 
“The amended D.O. will serve as guide in identifying the non-permissible or illicit forms of employment arrangements that undermine the constitutional and statutory right to security of tenure of workers,” Dione explained.
 
DOLE Med-Arbiter Atty. Remedios Vegim-Teves kicked-off the orientation with an overview and comprehensive discussion on D.O. 174-17.
 
Vegim-Teves highlighted the D.O.’s new provisions which include the increase in substantial capital from P3 to P5 million, as well as the increase in registration fee from P25,000.00 to P100,000.00.
 
Another major provision Vegim-Teves noted in the amended D.O. is the shortened validity of the registration of contractors/subcontractors, that is, from 3 years to 2 years.
Vegim-Teves noted that the amended D.O. also thoroughly explains the prohibition of labor-only contracting (LOC) and likewise specifies other illicit forms of employment arrangements.
 
“The existence of LOC is evident if contractor does not have substantial capital or investments in the form of tools, machineries, supervision, work premises, among others, and its employees recruited are performing activities which are directly related to the business of the principal. In addition, contractor/subcontractor does not exercise the right to control over the performance of the work of the employee,” Vegim-Teves, explained.
 
Some illicit employment arrangements Vegim-Teves cited include farming out work through “cabo” and contracting out a work through in-house agency or in-house cooperative by merely supplying workers to the principal.
 
Other illicit employment arrangements are contracting of work by reason of strike or lockout and requiring contractor employees to perform tasks performed by regular employees of the principal.
 
Dione, who was accompanied by DOLE Assistant Regional Director Geraldine Panlilio, took turns in answering different questions raised by locator-representatives during an open forum on the amended D.O.
 
Panlilio capped off the open forum by urging all FAB locators to adhere to the amended rules of the D.O. through voluntary compliance.
 
“The FAB was bestowed with a Labor Law Compliant Zone marker a few years ago because of its efforts to support the DOLE’s Labor Laws Compliance System. Today, we look forward for our FAB locators’ continuous commitment and support in our reforms on voluntary compliance with labor laws and occupational safety and health standards by adhering to D.O. 174-17,” Panlilio said.
 
Last but not least, DOLE Bataan Field Office head Leilani Reynoso discussed and presented the implementing rules and guidelines governing the recently effected Wage Board Order RBIII-20.
 
FAB locators present during the orientation include DSP Manpower, SI FAB Petron, Innovation Manpower, Wire Harness Takachi Corp., MMA Competent, and JEPAR manpower and General Services.
 
DLX Bags, ChunChiang Enterprises Mfg. Co, Excel Prime, Medtecs, Boast Inc., Warrensberg, Fully advanced Manpower, Dynamic MPC, Seung Eun Fabric, and DI RCMC.
 
Mitsumi Phils., Desktop Bags Phils Inc., Subic Glove, Medtecs, Trans Am, Shinten, Surex, Bahrain Fiber Glass, FPF Corporation, GICC, SNPSI, Essilor Mfg Phils., Philgreen, and Qualitek Delta.
 
Bataan Multi Pack, Quantum, Dong In, Edge Soft, FCF Mfg., MICO, D.I. Dawn Patrol, DISC, BASPC, and Dong In Group of Companies.
 
The DOLE Field Offices will continue to orient the amended D.O. to locators from other economic zones and outside the zones in other parts of Central Luzon.
 

 

END/Jerry Borja with reporting from Arah Sumang
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