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PLDT contractual employees insist DOLE’s regularization order

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   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 on 14th-month pay for private sector workers: ‘Not yet’

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, August 16th, 2018

 

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) welcomes the proposed 14th-month pay for workers in the private sector.

However, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the agency has no concrete position on the matter at this time because the agency still needs to clarify the provisions of the said measure from the administration.

“We are open. Wala pa kasi that’s the reason why we are going to consult both the management and Labor para we will take a position at the same time we also have to wait for the inputs of the economic advisers of the President,” Bello said.

He added it is also important to consult the employers about the proposed additional benefit.

“Malaking bagay sa kanila iyon pero iyon nga sinasabi ko kaiangan makuha natin ang panig ng mga employers at management. Kasi mamaya ibibigay natin tapos hindi makakayanan ng management at employers. Baka iyong intention to give our workers more benefits might result into less employment,” the Labor Secretary explained.

The DOLE is also awaiting a copy of the proposal before making any decision.

A proposal that seeks to allow allotment of 14th-month pay to private workers has been stalled in Senate for two years now.

The pending measure, Senate Bill No. 2 or the Act Requiring Employers in the Private Sector to pay 14th Month Pay was authored by Senate President Vicente Sotto III.

Bello agrees that the government must provide workers with additional compensation to cope up with the rising prices of commodities, the agency still has to contemplate on the impact of the matter to the economic stability of the country. – Aiko Miguel / Marje Pelayo

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GIS EXCLUSIVE: Employers vow to regularize 300,000 workers this year – Bello

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

 

 

Labor Secretary Silvestre ” Bebot” Bello III

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III announced a good news on regularization during his interview with the program “Get It Straight with Daniel Razon” on Tuesday (August 14).

Bello said the Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) signified their support to President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign to end “endo” scheme or illegal contractualization in the country.

Secretary Bello said the group of employers in the country vowed to regularize 300,000 contractual employees within the year.

To make it happen, Bello said, ECOP promised to ink an agreement with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) before the year ends.

“Sabi ko kapag ginawa niyo iyan I will give you a labor holiday. In other words, hindi ko pabibisitahin ang mga inspectors ko. Just give me that 300,000 na i-regular niyo…Magkakaroon kami ng memorandum of understanding,” Bello assured.

ECOP serves as an umbrella organization of business communities from small entrepreneurs to large business companies and organizations such as the Hotel and Restaurant Association of the Philippines, Chinese- Filipino Businessmen and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Giant firms such as SM Retail Inc. and Jollibee Foods Corporation are also members of ECOP.

Meanwhile, Bello admits they lack available labor law compliance officers to complete the inspection of 800,000 business establishments in the country. Since President Duterte issued the directive in May this year, DOLE was able to inspect only around 99,000 establishments to date.

Thus the Secretary encourages workers and employees themselves to volunteer by undergoing a DOLE-facilitated training to help in the inspection while the agency is awaiting the additional funds from the government in order to hire a new set of Labor Law Compliance Officers.

Ideally sana kung talagang mapagtibay namin ang aming pag- iinspect, tama na sakin muna ng at least 2, 500 additional for a start. Iyong mga nurse sabi namin mag- apply kayo. We will deputize you. After your training, kayo ang mag- inspect sa mga hospitals,” he said.

Secretary Bello admits that regularization is a huge challenge, noting that he needs to convince business giants and conglomerates.

He insists his conscience is clear against allegations being thrown at him, even linking him with giant private companies.

Bello made it to the headlines because of multiple accusations of corruption, extortion and unauthorized collection of fees for OFW iDOLE cards.

The Secretary said he is willing to step down anytime if the President orders him to do so. But Bello remains confident that he still has the trust of President Duterte.

Awa ng Dios hindi pa naman ako tinatawagan ng Presidente. Kasi sabi naman ng Presidente na kahit kaunting suspicion lang na meron kang kinasasangkutan na katiwalian, ‘Hindi lang kita tanggalin, papatayin pa kita,’ sabi niya. Awa ng Dios buhay pa ako. Alam ng ating Pangulo ang pagkatao ko,” he concluded. – Aiko Miguel / Marje Pelayo

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Terminated workers troop to PLDT to insist rights under DOLE order

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, July 24th, 2018

 

MANDALUYONG CITY, Philippines – Hundreds of contractual workers who were terminated from the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) tried to report to work on Tuesday (July 24).

They were expecting PLDT’s compliance to the writ of execution issued by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on May 30, 2018, and the clarificatory order issued by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on July 11, 2018.

Representatives of the group, the Manggagawa ng Komunikasyon sa Pilipinas, said the company is violating the order by dismissing 12,000 of PLDT’s contractual employees.

But the PLDT management insisted that the retrenched workers should go through the application process set by the company.

The firm vowed to issue an official statement of the issue within the day. – Asher Cadapan Jr. / Marje Pelayo

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