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DOLE activates Technical Working Group – Job Displacement Concerns on Hanjin Crisis


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – The Department of Labor and Employment in Central Luzon (DOLE) has activated its Technical Working Group – Job Displacement Concerns (TWG – JDC), DOLE Regional Director Zenaida-Angara Campita announced Monday.
RD Campita said that the TWG – JDC will monitor and provide interventions to workers affected by serious financial losses suffered by Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines (HHIC-Phils), Subic, Zambales.
“We activated this TWG-JDC the moment we received news regarding the series of massive retrenchments and reduction of work days due to the present financial reverses suffered by the biggest Korean-based shipbuilder in the country,” RD Campita explained.
RD Campita, over the weekend, already reported to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on HHIC-Phils’ employment situation and plans to be undertaken to aid workers affected.
In her report to Bello, HHIC-Phils had a total of 21 subcontractors with 11,526 employees based on the Work Accident/Illness Report submitted by the shipbuilder in October 2018.
RD Campita noted that for the same period in review, its Filipino workers which totaled to 31,621 reported in 2016 had significantly reduced to 23,881 in 2017.
Bello was informed that notices of retrenchments and reduction of work days, through flexible work arrangements, were filed last year to the labor office by HHIC-Phils’ 18 contractors and subcontractors.
Of the total subcontractors, Subic Shipbuilder Corporation and Hacor-Phil Corporation had both filed their respective Voluntary Retrenchment Programs due to lack of orders and financial difficulties.
At least more than 4,000 professional and skilled workers combined have lost their jobs from both subcontractors in December 2018.
The remaining 16 subcontractors, on the other hand, had also filed reduction of work days under the Flexible Work Arrangements Program affecting some 3,770 workers combined.
As of January 8, 2019, all 21 subcontractors have a total of 3,800 manpower complement, including 50 Korean nationals.
The HHIC-Phils, for its part, already filed for a Financial Rehabilitation Plan with the Olongapo City Court, which in turn, determines the shipbuilder’s future undertakings and relevant activities.
To kick start the intervention, the TWG-JDC has already alerted the PESOs and tasked them to coordinate with construction firms and allied services which have large job vacancies.
Meanwhile, the regional office of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has also been instructed to submit to the regional labor office job vacancies for overseas work.
Lastly, the group asked Hanjin management’s permission to profile all earlier displaced workers and would-be displaced workers.
The regional labor office’s TWG-JDC comprises an Overall Lead Chairperson, Lead Co-Chairperson, and Members.
DOLE Central Luzon Assistant Regional Director Geraldine Panlilio and DOLE Zambales Field Office head Reynante Lugtu, are the Overall Lead Chairperson and Lead Chairperson, respectively.
Meanwhile, the Members comprise Chief Labor and Employment Officers (LEOs) Ma. Rima Hernandez, Alejandro Inza Cruz, and Lorna SM Toldoya.
The said Chief LEOs head the Technical Support and Services Divisions (TSSDs for Labor Relations and Labor Standards/Welfare and Employment) and Internal Management Services Division (IMSD), respectively.
RD Campita, in an interview with media, urged the regional labor agency’s program partners, Hanjin included, for support and cooperation in providing timely intervention and assistance to all affected workers.
“We are hopeful that our coordination and collaborative efforts with our program partners which include Hanjin management, Local Government Units (LGUs), particularly Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs), and different private firms and organizations offering local and overseas employment, to be able to provide the much needed assistance in bridging employment opportunities for our affected workers,” RD Campita said.
END/Jerry Borja


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