BACOLOD CITY - About 585 contractual and casual workers in the island of Negros became regular employees at the height of an intensified inspection of establishment started July this year, this was announced by OIC Regional Director Cyril L. Ticao.
In an interview with the press, Ticao said that the campaign for regulation on contractual employment is gaining headway in Negros. This is due to his office effort of assessing and evaluating job contracting companies in the region towards ending the practice of "ENDO" or so called "End of Contract" employment.
Ticao said, that the conduct of assessments of companies engaged in job contracting resulted to the regularization of hundreds of workers in the manufacturing industry, hotel and restaurant, malls, and department stores. The companies of this line of business were identified to have large number of contractual workers.
The assessment consist of checking the legitimacy of the manpower contractors or service providers whether or not they are registered with the Department of Labor and Employment.
It also evaluates service providers as to their compliance under DOLE Department Order 18-A which defines limitations of job contracting.
Workers of these contractors are also being assessed if they are receiving correct wages and social benefits like coverage with the Social Security System, Philhealth, and PAG-IBIG.
Principal employers of the contractual workers were made to pledge for regularizing these workers especially if these workers are doing services or function that are "necessary or directly" important to the business of the principal companies.
It can be noted that the Duterte administration has been laying the groundwork for tackling contractualization, the employment setup that became a hot election issue last May, and one where Duterte unequivocally promised to end it.
Labor Secetary Silvestre H. Bello III has been given the marching order to work on it. Reports in these past months, the DOLE finds the widespread extent of contractual-like, non-regular work in most industries in the country. It found that there are more contractuals or non-regular workers in most establishments.
The DOLE encourages principal establishments to absorb workers of their contractors or agencies especially when these workers are doing work essential to the main business of the establishment.
For more information on this report, you may contact Danilo J. Alcoriza - Acting Public Information Officer - Contact No. 0928-2856877