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.


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