The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has received different proposals to end the ‘endo’ scheme or contractualization in the country.
This, after DOLE conducted a series of consultations with stakeholders regarding the issue.
According to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, one of the proposals is to make the service provider the employer of the workers.
“The proposal of Secretary Lopez, together with the management, the service provider will be the employer of the worker. It’s no longer the principal, in other words, the worker will be elevated in the level of being a regular employee of the service provider but he will be entitled to all the benefits of a regular employee,” Sec. Bello said.
The president of the Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) suggested the strict implementation of existing anti-endo laws instead of pushing some reforms in the labor sector.
“This was advocated by Donald Dee, who is the president of ECOP. He said, we have existing laws regarding endo. We (have) laws on contractualization. We just implement that. Why don’t we just implement strictly the provisions of the law on the issue of endo and the issue of contractualization. So for me, why don’t we think that,” Bello said.
More than 30,000 college students who are dependents of repatriated, displaced, and deceased overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) will benefit from the government’s P1 billion education subsidy, according to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III signed a memorandum of agreement to launch “Tabang OFW”. The program aims to provide a one-time financial assistance of P30,000 to one college-level dependent of a repatriated, displaced, or deceased OFW.
Bello said the program is just one of the government’s ways of reciprocating the sacrifices of overseas Filipinos.
“We hope this will go a long way in helping our OFWs and their children in these most challenging times. By doing this, we also hope we can partly repay our modern-day heroes,” he said.
Under the agreement the Labor Department shall issue orders, circulars or guidelines that will spell out the effective and efficient implementation of the program while the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) will release the funds amounting to P1 billion to DOLE for its implementation.
The Unified Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education (UniFAST) will assist DOLE on the promotion and other information dissemination activities of the program. AAC
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said it has sought the assistance of national Coast Guards from China, South Korea and Taiwan to help locate the Filipino crew men of the livestock cargo vessel that sank off south-western Japan.
In a meeting on Thursday (September 25), Bello assured the kin of missing seafarers that the government is doing its best to find the answers as to what happened to their loved ones.
“I know you’re in a very difficult situation, but there’s hope,” Bello told wives, siblings and parents of the missing seafarers.
Prior to this, the Japanese Coast guard, which found three Filipino mariners—two survivors and one fatality—announced that it has stopped its special operations for the remaining crew —36 Filipinos, two Australians and two New Zealanders–of the ill-fated MV Gulf Livestock 1.
“So don’t give up on your loved ones because there’s really hope. Three foreign governments are helping us find them,” Bello, who requested the assistance abroad, said
Huang Xilian, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China, said China has already commenced rescue operations.
The Chinese government announced, however, that they have not found any sign of the missing seafarers during their rescue operations on September 19 and 20.
Meanwhile, Taiwan’s Ambassador Peiyung Hsu told Belo his request was immediately conveyed to the Taiwan Coast Guard (TCG).
“Rest assured that your good office will be kept posted on any findings or developments of the said operations,” he said.
Meanwhile, South Korean Ambassador Han Dong-Man in response to Bello’s request said he has already forwarded the endorsement to their Ministry of Foreign Affairs for proper action.
“I am hoping that our government’s participation in any search and rescue operation that may be conducted will shed light on the status of the missing crew,” the official added.
Given these developments, families of the missing mariners thanked Bello for giving them hope. Each family of the victims present during the meeting was given financial assistance by DOLE through the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).
Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the European Union Commission has no basis to revoke the country’s trade perks under the Generalized Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP+).
An estimate of over 200,000 Filipinos could lose their jobs if the trade perks are withdrawn, but Bello explained that the Philippines is compliant with requirements and processes given by the European Union Commission.
“Sa palagay ko, hindi papayag ang Commission diyan kasi binanggit ng EU Parliament na basis for their recommendation to withdraw iyong ating target benefits, walang basis talaga,” he said.
Several lawmakers in the EU Parliament recommended the revocation of the Philippine’s GSP+ plus privileges due to “seriousness of the human-rights violations”. The GSP+ provides the privilege of exporting zero-duty merchandise to member states of the EU.
The Labor Secretary also said the department always assures to protect workers in the country.
“On the record, ang Department of Labor has been very compliant in all the 27 conventions by European Union Commission. Kaya hindi nakikita talaga iyong basis nung decision ng EU Parliament,“ Bello said. AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)
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