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3,500 plus workers regularized under DOLE’s campaign against ENDO

Cebu City, Philippines. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Office No. 7 registered a total of 3,528 workers regularized at work after the Department conducted full blast ENDO assessments and massive information drive on putting an end to ENDO and other forms of illegitimate employment arrangements. 

The data gathered was based on the voluntary compliance reports submitted by the establishments to the DOLE and by the results of the Joint Assessments (JAs) conducted. 

According to DOLE-7 Regional Director Exequiel R. Sarcauga, on directly-hired workers, there were sixty-one (61) establishments turning in compliance voluntarily. Out of the 2,540 non-regular workers recorded, around 1,714 of them had been regularized. 

“We also noted of some workers engaged with agencies, contractors, or subcontractors, who were regularized by their principals. We received compliance reports from forty-one establishments indicating 3,541 contractual workers and regularizing 1,788 of them,” he said. 

Insofar as the conduct of JAs is concerned, the DOLE-7 Head noted of eight (8) directly-hired workers regularized by one (1) establishment. There were also eighteen (18) contractual workers now absorbed by two (2) principals after the JA. 

“Regarding our on-going ENDO assessments, we already recorded 174 cases, which are all for mandatory conferences.,” he added. 

On establishments with case involving directly-hired workers, Sarcauga said that there are 272 workers affected under thirty-nine (39) establishments. The violations noted by the DOLE’s labor laws compliance officers, he said further, included illegitimate employment arrangements such as 555, 666, 333, or 444, a scheme whereby a worker is hired and fired every five or six or three or four months so that employers will not make them permanent employees to avoid paying them the right benefits. 

The DOLE-7 likewise recorded 135 establishments or principals engaged in labor-only-contracting (LOC) affecting 3,519 contractual workers. 

As stipulated in Section 1 of Labor Advisory No. 10 Series of 2016 issued by Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III and as defined by Article 106 of the Labor Code of the Philippines, LOC is an arrangement where the contractor or subcontractor merely recruits, supplies or places workers to perform a job, work or service for a principal, and ANY of the following elements are present:

  • (a)  The contractor or subcontractor does not have substantial capital or investment which relates to the job, work or service to be performed and the employees recruited, supplied or placed by such contractor or subcontractor are performing activities which are directly related to the main business of the principal; OR
  • (b)  The contractor does not exercise the right to control over the performance of the work of the contractual employee.

 

“Our mandatory conferences are on-going and we give special attention to and priority on ENDO-related cases,” said Sarcauga, adding that he is hopeful that the Region would be able to register more non-regular workers being regularized at work and the Department will be able to accomplish the target of reaching 100% of contractual workers regularized before the end of December 2017. 

He said that the ENDO orientations conducted by the DOLE were instrumental for the voluntary compliance of establishments. Right after the formal announcement made by the Secretary on the campaign against ENDO on August 2016, since then, the Region, as part of its massive information campaign, conducted and facilitated thirty-two (32) Consultations and Orientations on ENDO with the Industrial Tripartite Councils (ITCs) and various industries. 

Industries covered involved manufacturing; services-restaurants; services-bakeshop; retail or wholesale; hotel and resorts; electric utilities; commissaries; warehouses; construction; and business process management (BPM).

  

End//LSenarlo-Taniza 

For more information on this report, you may contact Luchel Senarlo-Taniza, Regional Labor Communication Officer at telefax number (032) 266-2792 or you may send an email at dole_centralvisayas@yahoo.com

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2017-01-09
Elias A. Cayanong
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