DOLE says 45,000 workers regularized
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) claimed that around 45,000 employees have been regularized under the new department order on contracting and subcontracting work, Radyo Inquirer 990AM reported on Thursday.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III reportedly said that 45,605 contractual employees are now regular workers because of Department Order 174.
DO 174, signed by Bello last month, prohibits labor-only contracting and several other contractual arrangements.
President Rodrigo Duterte has repeatedly promised to stop contrac- tualization or the so-called end of contract scheme (Endo) employed by some companies to save money.
Bello said the administration’s campaign against contractualization is a success although 1,000 workers lost their jobs because their employers cannot afford to make them regular employees.
He said those who are now unemployed because of the new DO can seek help through the livelihood response program of the government.
Nevertheless, he said that the department order would benefit the majority of Filipino workers and that DOLE will continue to monitor compliance to the DO 174.