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PLDT contractual employees insist DOLE’s regularization order

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Friday, June 1st, 2018

About 1,000 contractual employees of PLDT gathered in front of the main office to claim regularization based on the writ of execution issued by DOLE-NCR . (Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue)


MANDALUYONG CITY, Philippines – Around 1,000 employees of Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) marched to the firm’s main office in Mandaluyong Friday morning, June 1, hoping for regularization as ordered by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

On May 30, DOLE-NCR issued a writ of execution ordering PLDT to regularize the company’s over 7,000 contractual employees to be entitled to regular compensation and benefits as regular employees.

“Gusto namin outright maging regular at mapatupad itong writ of execution na more than 7,300 employees,” said Arthur Castillo, president of the Rank & File Employees Union – PLDT.

(We want to be regularized outright in compliance with the writ of execution which affects more than 7,300 employees.)

Meanwhile, the company’s management said they already received the writ of execution but the names of employees for regularization are still for validation.

“Ang kailangan naming gawin ngayon is gumawa ng isang proseso para maprocess itong mga individuals na nakabanggit dun sa writ of execution, kasi ang una unang kailangan po naming gawin is establish yung identity,” said Ramon Isberto, PLDT’s Head of Public Affairs.

(What we need to do now is to create a system of processing these individuals mentioned in the writ of execution because we must first establish their identities)

But Isberto couldn’t make certain as to when the validation will be completed and what will be the position of the PLDT management on the matter.

PLDT is third among the 20 companies with the most number of contractual employees based on record by DOLE.

DOLE’s order is in line with the government’s strong stand to eliminate contractualization in the country. – Nel Maribojoc / Marje Pelayo

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DOLE announces total deployment ban to Libya

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has announced the implementation of a total deployment ban on Filipino workers to Libya.

In an interview, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello said that the department has declared the total ban of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) to Libya after receiving a copy of the formal advice from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Wednesday (April 10) afternoon that they elevated the alert level in Tripoli and other parts of Libya.

This, after violence has escalated in Tripoli, Libya’s capital.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Embassy in Libya has earlier appealed “to the Filipino community in Tripoli and in areas near where armed clashes have been reported to relocate to safer locations before the fighting intensifies further,” in its Twitter post.

Bello further said that the deployment ban which is seen to affect more than 2,600 people will take effect immediately.

This includes even those who are just in the Philippines for a vacation and are just going back to work. – Maris Federez

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3,200 establishments set to regularize workers beginning February – DOLE

by admin   |   Posted on Thursday, February 7th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — Regularization of workers in 3,200 establishments in the country will start this February.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III announced the confirmation an agreement with the Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) for the implementation of a national voluntary regularization plan that will cover 30 to 40 percent of said establishments’ employees.

Bello is confident that the plan will encourage other companies to voluntarily regularize their employees.

He said the government considers this a huge step towards ending illegal contractualization in the country. — UNTV News and Rescue

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Hanjin labor group leaders seek DOLE’s help for salary entitlement

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Hanjin labor group leaders are now seeking the help of the office of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), appealing to the Labor chief to ensure that the company will make good in its legally-binding obligations like separation pay and other benefits.

Other demands include that they be given priority once the company reopens with the new management and that the employment bond which is 3% of their salaries be given back.

“Ang problema na lang kasi mayroon yung separation pay na one month for every year of service, meron one half month for every year of service kapag ang ground ng termination ay bankruptcy or closure or rehabilitation. Iyon ang pagaaralan din namin na baka sakaling paki-usapan ang Hanjin,” said Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III.

The labor chief assures the more than 3,800 employees of his support.

An emergency employment program will be arranged after February 15, to somehow compensate the families of the affected workers while they are in between jobs.

The Labor chief also said that they will speak to the officials of the Pag-ibig Home Development Fund for consideration of moratorium on mortgage payment. 

On Wednesday (January 29), DOLE is also scheduled to meet with other concerned department heads and other agencies to strategize an employment program in different government projects to hire the 3,800 plus skilled workers. 

“Opo. Nabawasan po kasi, unang-una po iyong talagang mawawalan po kami ng trabaho iyon po ang hindi namin mai-a-alis sa amin. (Ang) anak po naming, magulang po namin (ay) umaasa sa amin,” explained Efren Vinluan, president of the Samahan ng mga Manggagawa sa Hanjin. 

But Hanjin workers like Matcho Son Raya, do not believe that Hanjin Philippines is bankrupt.

Raya has been working as a welder at the South Korean company for 10 years now.

In a decade of working with other skilled workers at Hanjin, they have created 120 vessels for the company.

“Tulad nga po ng ginawa nila noong una, retrenchment, voluntary retrenchment program na hindi na po naibalik yung 3% na kinakaltas po sa amin. Kasi sabi nila pag nag-resign ka, wala ka na. Kaya dahil sa pananakot nila, napilitan ang manggagawa (ang) aming mga kasama na mag-resign na lang dahil daw sa wala silang makukuha,” Raya noted.

Raya said they are worried about their work tenure and life security now that Hanjin has declared bankruptcy and only has until February 15 to operate.

Hanjin Subic shipyard has attained its stature as the 4th largest state shipbuilding facility in Asia. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from JL Asayo)

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