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Duterte certifies Security of Tenure Bill as urgent

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, September 25th, 2018


PASAY CITY, Philippines — Senate President Vicente Sotto III said he received a letter from President Rodrigo Duterte dated September 21 urging the “immediate enactment” of Senate Bill No. 1826 or the Security of Tenure Bill and End of Endo Act of 2018.

Senator Joel Villanueva, chairperson of the Senate committee on labor, employment, and human resources development, lauded President Rodrigo Duterte’s certification of the Security of Tenure Bill as urgent.

He said the practice of contractualization affects more than 1.9 million workers in the private sector. Overall, about three out of 10 Filipino workers are not regular and one out of two non-regular workers are contractual.

Once passed into law, the measure would remove ambiguities in the Labor Code, which is the source of circumventions, and: (a) prohibit labor-only contracting, and provide penalties for violation (b) limit job contracting to licensed and specialized services, (c) classify workers into regular and probationary employees–and treat project and seasonal employees as regular employees, (d) provide security of tenure, (e) clarify standards on probationary employment, and (f) provide “Transition Support Program” for employees while they are not at work or transitioning in between jobs.

The senator added that giving the country’s workers certainty and social protection makes them more efficient and more productive.

Villanueva stressed that, “We certainly need a law that will not only uphold our workers’ basic labor rights and restore dignity of work, but also a law that will promote quality employment without jeopardizing business operations but rather create more stable jobs for every Filipino.” — UNTV News & Rescue

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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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PLDT, NutriAsia blame Labor Code over ‘endo’ issues

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, August 9th, 2018

Labor Undersecretary Joel Maglunsod sorrounded by protesters waiting outside DOLE Bldg. in Intramuros Manila on Thursday, August 9 as the hearing continues on regularization of PLDT ccontractual employees. Enrico Orola/PVI


Officials of the Department of Labor and Employment, the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Incorporated, NutriAsia and union workers attended on Thursday the Senate hearing on contractualization.

Until now, there’s no assurance of re-employment for the 7,000 retrenched workers of PLDT who are insisting regularization based on DOLE’s decision.

The two companies blame the ambiguous provisions of the Labor Code as the underlying cause of issues on contractualization.

PLDT human resources head Menardo Jimenez, Jr. said, “In my interpretation of the law, which may need interpretation, we are allowed to outsource to call centers and business process outsource.”

However, the labor department reminded companies not to use the law’s ambiguity as an excuse to circumvent it.

“Huwag na po nating pagsamantalahin ang kakulungan sa batas,” said DOLE Usec. Joel Maglunsod.

Due to these issues, Senate Committee on Labor, Employment, and Human Resources Development chairman, Sen. Joel Villanueva said he will ask President Duterte to certify anti-endo bill as urgent.

“Klaro na merong pang-aabuso na nangyayari. Klaro na may problema tungkol sa ambiguedad ng ating mga patakaran , protocols,” said Villanueva.

Last Monday (August 6), the Anti-Endo Bill reached the Senate plenary discussions.

Under the provision, labor-only contracting is strictly prohibited with corresponding penalties.

There will also be a clear –cut classification of regular and probationary employees, and a measure that provides security of tenure to all kinds of workers. — Nel Maribojoc

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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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