DO 174 : Regularize 45,000 Workers

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said that 45,605 contractual employees have been regularized under the department order 174 about contracting and subcontracting work on March 20.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III signed D.O. 174 prohibiting labor-only contracting and other contract arrangements under President Duterte’s movement to stop the contractualization or end of contract scheme (ENDO) that is practiced by some companies to save fundings.

“We managed to increase the number of workers whose employment were regularized following our assessments and massive information drive on contractualization. With our new department order which bans labor-only contracting and other forms of illegal contracting practices, we hope for more contractual workers to become regular this year,” Bello added.

DoLE also recommended the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. to regularize 10,000 of their workers after a special assessment on the telecommunications company. He said that the proposal resulted with the department’s Special Assessment/Visit of Establishments (SAVE) that found workers performing jobs directly connected to the company’s business but are under subcontracting or contracting settlements.

SAVE, the department’s mechanism to validate, assess and verify compliance with the labor laws of companies and their contractors/subcontractors; monitoring the general labor, occupational safety and health standards violations including underpayment of wages, overtime pay, service incentive leave under general labor and no valid safety inspection and officers.

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