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