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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 to open 19 job fairs on Independence Day

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, June 1st, 2018

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will set up 19 job fairs in 14 regions across the country on Independence Day, June 12.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III encourages job seekers to visit the job fair venues and be ready to be hired.

Bello reminds applicants to bring multiple copies of their resume with a picture, important documents like diploma and transcript of records as well as an authenticated birth certificate. – UNTV News & Rescue

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DOLE finds 3,377 firms with violations of illegal contracting

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, May 28th, 2018


MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) found a total of 3,377 companies in practice of illegal contracting.

Following a series of inspections on how companies implement labor policies, the agency found out that over 224,000 employees from the said companies remain on contractual status.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said they already submitted the list to President Rodrigo Duterte. He reiterated that the President is determined to order the closure and revocation of business permits of firms who will not adhere with his directive of regularization and proper compensation of employees.

“Ipinapakita lang niya na he is serious in his advocacy in putting an end to ENDO and at the same time putting an end to Illegal and unlawful contractual arrangement,” said Bello.

Bello said what he submitted to the President was just the initial list. He explained that because of limited number of labor law compliance officers, DOLE couldn’t immediately finish the inspection to around 900,000 establishments in the country.

“Inulit namin iyong request namin na dagdagan iyong aming labor law compliance officers. Kasi physically impossible na with 574 inspectors mag-iinspect ka ng 900,000, ” Bello explained.

The agency also vows to strictly monitor the regularization of employees in 20 companies that have the most number of contractual employees, one of which is a local food chain with over 14,000 contractual workers.

DOLE is obliging the said companies to regularized at least 10 percent of their employees every year.

“If they will submit to us a regularization program of regularizing 10% of their total workforce to us, the Department of Labor, it will be reasonable,” Bello said.

Bello emphasized that this labor inspection is not a form of shame campaign but part of a reform that the government wants for the agency. – Aiko Miguel

Top 20 Companies with most number of contractual employees
14,960 – Jollibee Food Corporation
10,521 – Dole Philippines Inc.
8,310 – Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company
6,524 – Philsaga Mining Corporation
5,216 – General Tuna Corporation
4,305 – Sumi Phils. Wiring Systems Corporation
3,400 – Franklin Baker Inc.
3,161 – Pilipinas Kyohritsu Inc.
2,863 – Furukawa Automotive Systems Phil., Inc.
2,248 – Magnolia Inc.
1,802 – KCC Property Holdings Inc.
1,687 – Sumifru Philippines Corp.
1,673 – Hinatuan Mining Corporation
1,598 – KCC Mall De Zamboanga
1,582 – Brother Industries Philippines Inc.
1,483 – Philippine Airlines and PAL Express
1,400 – Nidec Precision Philippines Corporation
1,362 – Peter Paul Phil. Corporation
1,183 – Doelfil Upper Valley Operations
1,131 – DOLE-Stanfico

Source: DOLE

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PCOO Secretary Andanar says sabotage is behind the PHL News Agency blunders

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, August 21st, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — An article with a Vietnam photo for a Marawi Crisis story;  reposting of a Chinese article debunking the arbitral ruling favoring the Philippines on the South China Sea dispute, the incorrect logo of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and wrong map of an Ilocos Norte story.

These are some of the blunders published by the state-run  Philippine News Agency (PNA).

Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar said some could have deliberately published these blunders for sabotage.

Because of these, PCOO has conducted investigations.

“The editors who are involved really, they have been in the news agency for more than 20 years. We will fix the news agency and we will institutionalize reforms. We’re not gonna back down from this though there are those who want to destroy us if there are those who want to sabotage us,” said Sec. Andanar.

Andanar said they will file the appropriate charges against the responsible employees.

For now, PNA is prohibited from uploading pictures.

“We will suspend the uploading of photos, in the meantime while we await for the solution of this vicious cycle in the PNA,” said the communications secretary. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue

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