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DOLE-X fast-tracks ENDO, 3,830 contractual workers absorbed as regular in private companies
Cagayan de Oro City --- The Department of Labor and Employment, Regional Office No. X (DOLE- X), fast-tracks the regulation on the End of Contractualization or Endo starting September the previous year through Voluntary Compliance and Joint Assessment among the private sector companies which resulted 3,830 contractual workers being absorbed as regular workers by the private companies as of 31 December 2016.
 
DOLE-X Regional Director Raymundo G. Agravante commended the all-out support of both the management and labor sectors on the call of government for all its workers. Agravante further emphasized that “Endo” is the answer to the mandate under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte to end the unjust labor practices to some workers.
 
Likewise, DOLE-X Director II and Technical Division Chief Atheneus A. Vasallo said that the said implementation, in response with the call of our President Duterte, is now operating under the three track directions of the Department.
 
“DOLE is currently operating under the first track, meaning it has instructed the Labor Laws Compliance Officers to regulate the strict enforcement of the existing laws and regulations, through Department Order No. 162 or the suspension in the processing of new applications and Labor Advisory No. 10, which is the reiteration that Labor-Only Contracting (LOC) is strictly prohibited under the law,” Vasallo explained.
 
Vasallo expounded further that the second track focuses on the revision of guidelines, of which the purpose of this forum. And, the third track centers on legislation on ending contractualization, wherein DOLE already submitted to Congress proposals and bills on the matter.
 
“The priority aim of the Department now is to correct the prohibited practices of LOC, i.e. 5-5-5, 6-6-6, or even 1-1-1, meaning an employer hires a workers for five (or six) months or some one year, then terminates the worker for another five months, then re-hires the same worker again for five months,” Vasallo cited.
 
Vasallo highlighted that the Regional Office has surpassed its target for the previous year that at least 50% of their contractual workers will be absorbed as regular employees, which the Region accomplished around 52%.
 
As of 31 December 2016, 725 private sectors companies have already been assessed and some 275 are found to be compliant with the labor standards rules and regulations and the Department Order No. 18-A (Contracting and Sub-contracting) from the 529 establishments assessed to be with observations.
 
Compliant establishments will not be assessed by the Department for two years, unless otherwise a complaint will be received.
 
The non-compliant establishments, on the other hand, are currently undergoing a process for them to strictly comply the violations incurred.
 
DOLE-X will leave no establishment not assessed and targets that by the end of the year, all establishments in the region have 100% regular workers.
 
End/Mildred E. Dablio with additional reporting from Director II Atheneus A. Vasallo/DOLE-X
 
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2017-01-18
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