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22,728 Central Luzon workers regularized in 1st semester of 2018

 

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO - Some 22,728 workers have been regularized by 164 firms from different parts of Central Luzon the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) announced Thursday.
 
The labor agency’s latest scorecard against illegal forms of contracting, ‘endo,’ and labor-only contracting (LOC) covers the first semester of the year said DOLE Regional Director Zenaida Angara-Campita.
 
In her report to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, workers regularized for this year’s first semester rose by an astonishing 772 percent versus last mid-year’s 2,607 workers from 112 firms.
 
“We remain committed this year in our quest to ensure that more firms operating within the region will regularize their workers, deemed necessary and desirable in their day to day operation. Indeed, this latest scorecard is a significant milestone for us because more workers are secured with their jobs,” RD Angara-Campita explained.
 
The latest scorecard also registered a 76 percent accomplishment rate of 30,000 workers targeted to be regularized by the regional labor agency this year.
 
Of the total workers regularized for this year’s first semester, 13,404 of them were voluntarily recognized by 103 firms through consultation and dialogue.
 
The remaining 9,324 workers, on the other hand, were regularized by 61 firms after being issued Orders of Compliance by the DOLE through routine inspection.
 
RD Campita also reported to Bello that the regional and field offices continued adopting various strategies in its pursuit to eliminate illegitimate contracting, ‘endo’ and LOC schemes.
 
“Our 20 Labor Inspectors were dispatched all over the region to assess establishments, principals, and contractors/subcontractors to determine their compliance with General Labor Standards (GLS) and Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) standards, and more importantly, determine which among them are practicing prohibited work arrangements,” RD Campita said.
 
Various industries operating within and outside of the region’s Freeport and Economic Zones were covered under the DOLE’s region wide Labor Inspection Program.
 
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.
 
RD Campita, who thanked complying establishments for their support and cooperation in an interview with media, urged more firms to follow suit in regularizing their workers.
 
“In behalf of the DOLE regional office no. 3, we would like to thank the cooperation and support of our partners from the private sector, particularly our employers and investors, in heeding our call to regularize their workers. Security of tenure is a prevailing concern for workers and their families. Having permanent jobs or livelihood enables them to be more productive, thus, will be very good for business, fostering a win-win solution for all,” RD Campita said, adding:
 
“We are hoping more establishments in Central Luzon will likewise realize the benefits of regularizing their workers and how this will further improve their businesses in the long run.”
 
END/Jerry Borja
 
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ZENAIDA ANGARA-CAMPITA
Regional Director
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2018-07-05
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