Avoid contractualization, DOLE-Palawan tells employers

Contracting and sub-contracting agreements are non-permissible as they undermine the rights to security of tenure of workers and laborers. (file photo)

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has launched an information campaign in the province to educate private sector employers on the government policy against “contractualization.”

Some 181 private employers from Barangay Rio Tuba, Bataraza attended a whole-day forum Friday on labor laws and standards, particularly focusing on the issue of contractualization.

Bernardo Toriano, head of DOLE in Palawan, said the forum concentrated on relating information regarding Department Order 174 that was released in March 2017, which regulates the job contracting by manpower agencies.

“Ito yung ating priority kasi panawagan ito ng ating Presidente (Rodrigo Duterte) na tanggalin ang ENDO (end of contract),” he said. DOLE USec. Dominador Say for Employment and Policy Support was present during the said forum.

Contracting and sub-contracting agreements, he said, are non-permissible as they undermine the rights to security of tenure of workers and laborers. This applies, he said, in an arrangement where employer-employee relationship exists

“Ang ginagawa natin ay ang pag-assess at pag-inspect ng mga establishment lalo na ‘yung may mga suspected na mga contracting and sub-contracting arrangements na ipinagbabawal ng batas,” he said.

He explained that employees hired within the period of six months are considered “regular employees.” If the employee is hired by an agency or principal, he or she has to be regularized after six months of rendering services.

“Dapat ma-regular sila sa agency or e-absorb sila ng principal as regular employee,” Toriano said, warning that employers who will violate the law will face sanctions and penalties.

“Halimbawa ini-exhaust lahat ng opisina at ayaw pa rin sumunod ng company at na-isyuhan na ng writ of execution order ay p’wede nang ma-freeze ang kanyang property sa banko at meron kaming authority na ganoon,” he said.

He urged workers to file complaints, and if they wish to remain anonymous, they can send through emails, letters, and text messages, or call their office, so that the establishment or employer can be visited and inspected by labor officers.

Complainants can also visit their office to settle the matter with their employers right then and there, he said.

He added the same forum will also be held in El Nido and Coron, where there many establishments that have been reported to be engaging in ENDO.

Toriano also said their office is closely monitoring the implementation of the second tranche of the new wage rate.

He said that starting February 1, 2018, the new minimum wage is P300 daily for establishments with more than 10 employees, and P259 daily for those with less than 10 employees.

Toriano said that Wage Order No. 08 was issued by the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB)-MIMAROPA, which is mandated by Republic Act 6727 or The Wage Rationalization Act, to periodically assess wage rates and conduct continuing studies in the determination of minimum wage applicable in the region or industry.

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