Malacañang: Congress legislation needed to totally end contractualization

admin   •   April 3, 2018   •   3018

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MANILA, Philippines — The Office of the Executive Secretary is now carefully studying three draft executive orders (EO) in relation to the total prohibition of contractualization.

According to Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra, it will be hard for the government to execute an EO that will completely end contractualization at this time.

“The main problem there is yung mga gustong mangyari ay (what they want to happen is) something that the executive department is not empowered to do. Kailangan legislative action talaga (It really needs legislative action),” said the official.

Guevarra added that a law from Congress is also needed to formally end contractualization.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) agrees to this, although Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III believes that achieving a total ban on contractualization is still far-fetched since there are jobs which require temporary employees only.

“It is not possible to totally prohibit contractual arrangement kasi meron talaga (because there really are), by nature of their work, na temporary lang sila  (temporary workers only),” said the labor secretary.

“May season na may dagsaan, dadating ang napakaraming customers. ‘Di ba like for example, Christmas. ‘Di ba kailangan mong additional sales girls, so what do you do? You outsource. Kumuha ka from an agency ng mga sales girls,” said Bello.

(There are peak seasons when so many customers come in. Like for example, during Christmas season you will need additional sales girls. So, what do you do? You outsource. You get sales girls from agencies.)

The labor department said that 30-40 percent of workers in the country are still under contractual arrangements.

Even some labor groups seem to have a new perspective on the matter as Associated Labor Union-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) agreed to the government’s proposal.

“Malabo talaga ‘yung total ban on contractualization. Totoo ‘yan kung kaya’t iyong mga labor groups ay umatras na doon sa posisyon na total ban,” said ALU-TUCP spokesperson Alan Tanjusay.

(A total ban on contractualization would be difficult. It’s true, that’s why some labor groups have retracted from their earlier position on total ban.)

“Ang kasalukuyang nakahain na executive draft order kay Pangulong Duterte ay hindi total ban on contractualization, kundi, nagbibigay espasyo, pagbibigay ng pagkakataon sa mga employers at business owners na kumuha pa ng mga contractual o mga ‘endo’ workers,” explained Tanjusay.

(The current executive draft order presented to President Duterte is not total ban on contractualization but one that allows employers and business owners the opportunity to hire more contractual or “endo” workers.)  — Mai Bermudez | UNTV News & Rescue

DOLE survey shows workers want more secure bike lanes

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 15, 2020

Filipino workers want more secure bike lanes and parking, based on the recent survey of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

“Majority of the workers are in favor of having more bike lanes on paved roads, bike paths, and more secured bike parking,” the Labor Department said in a statement.

Respondents also said feeling unsafe is what prevents them from using the bike as transportation. They do not feel safe traveling due to poor road conditions as well as lack of secured bike parking areas.

DOLE conducted the survey in line with their Bike-to-Work Project, which aims to assist workers in this time of pandemic by providing bicycles as a transport option or a livelihood opportunity.

The survey yielded a total of 1,119 respondents, with the majority of them coming from the National Capital Region (NCR).

“The preliminary results of the research, which was carried out at the onset of the relaxing of community quarantine in Metro Manila and other parts of the country, were presented to DOLE Senior officials to discuss possible projects and policy recommendations,” DOLE said. -AAC

Free online courses for Filipino seafarers

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 14, 2020

Filipino seafarers can have access to the courses being offered by the government for free, according to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

The National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP), an agency under DOLE, has launched online courses especially designed to teach personal safety and skills enhancement for maritime workers.

“This is our way of keeping our seafarers active and productive whether they are at their respective homes spending quality time with their families, in quarantine facilities, or even when onboard ships. They will be able to receive their Certificate of Completion upon successful fulfillment of the online courses,” according to NMP Executive Director Joel Maglunsod.

Interested individuals may visit the NMP website at www.nmp.gov.ph or visit the agency’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ nmptrainingcenter). AAC 

DOLE proposes one-time financial aid for 2M beneficiaries in 2021 budget

Marje Pelayo   •   September 10, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The proposed budget of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for 2021 has increased by more than P9 billion, raising it to P27.53 billion.

During the budget briefing of the House Committee on Appropriations on Wednesday (September 10), DOLE said most of the added amount will be allocated to benefits for workers whose livelihoods had been affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) approved the budget which includes the one-time P5,000 financial assistance for two million beneficiaries.

DOLE initially requested P40 billion for this project to reach most of the affected workers.

“Actually hindi sasapat ang in-approve ng Department of Budget and Management. But if Congress — both the House and the Senate— will restore our original proposal, then we can reach more,” said DOLE’s Financial and Management Service director, Warren Miclat.

The department’s previous COVID-19 program for affected workers has only reached one million beneficiaries.

“Gusto lamang naming i-emphasize na kahit flexible work arrangement malaki rin ang income na nawala sa ating mga manggagawa kaya’t sila ay isa sa priority na binigyan ng financial assistance (We just want to emphasize that even with flexible work arrangements, our workers have suffered a huge income loss, that’s why they are among those prioritized to receive financial assistance),” explained DOLE Assistant Secreray Dominique Tutay.

This time, the agency promised to prioritize beneficiaries who did not receive assistance under Bayanihan 1.

The department also allotted a P500 million budget for 16,000 beneficiaries of the government’s Balik Probinsya program. MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

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