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More than 22,000 workers regularized in Central Luzon--DOLE


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO - Some 22,699 workers were voluntarily regularized by 246 establishments from different parts of Central Luzon the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said Tuesday.

DOLE Regional Director Atty. Ana Dione said the regional office’s latest scorecard in reducing illegal contracting, ‘endo,’ and labor-only contracting (LOC) covers CY-2017 and last few months of CY-2016.
“Our sights remained focused in carrying out Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III’s marching orders under the Department’s commitment to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s directive to eliminate illegal forms of contracting, ‘endo,’ labor-only contracting, and other similar work arrangements,” Dione said.
Of the total workers regularized, some 12,689 workers were regularized in CY-2017 by around 141 establishments under the encouragement and assessment of the DOLE regional and field offices.

The remaining workers, on the other hand, were regularized by 105 firms within the last few months of CY-2016 upon the assumption of the new administration.

Dione reported to Bello that the regional and field offices continued to adopt various strategies in its pursuit to eliminate illegal contracting, ‘endo’ and LOC schemes.

“We have dispatched 24 Labor Laws Compliance Offices to hold assessments to establishments, principals, and contractors to determine their compliance with General Labor Standards (GLS) and Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) standards, and more importantly, to determine which among them are practicing prohibited working arrangements,’ Dione said.
Various leading industries operating within and outside of the region’s Freeport and Economic Zones were covered under the DOLE’s region wide assessments mandated by its Labor Laws Compliance System.

Firms found to be engaging in labor-only contracting and similar forms of work arrangements were subjected to mandatory conferences and were assisted in complying with GLS and OSH standards.

Of the total regularized workers, Dione reported to Bello that 16,286 of them were voluntarily regularized by 145 establishments which took initiative to support the government’s war on ‘endo’ schemes.
The remaining 6,413 workers, on the other hand, were regularized by 101 establishments after being issued Compliance Orders by the DOLE regional office.

Dione, who thanked complying establishments for their support and cooperation in an interview with media, urged more firms to follow suit in regularizing their workers.

“We would like to give our warmest thanks to our partners from the private sector in heeding our call to regularize their workers. Security of tenure continues to be a prevailing concern for workers as well as their families. Having permanent jobs or livelihood for them will enable them to be more productive, thus, will be good for business,” Dione said, adding:

“We are hoping that more establishments will also realize the benefits of regularizing their workers, who are deemed necessary in their day to day operations.”

END/Jerry Borja


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