DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA) — With President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s order to end contractualization, the Department of Labor and Employment-Negros Oriental Field Office (DOLE-NORFO) held a massive advocacy campaign on contractualization.
Kenrick Villaluz, senior labor employment officer from DOLE-NORFO, disclosed in a Kapihan sa PIA forum that the current administration is setting a timeline to reduce contractualization by 50% in 2016 and total eradication by 2017.
The law now prohibits contracting for give months on renewal basis in which case employers can evade regularization of workers such as in the case of cashiers and salesgirls in malls, said Villaluz.
Villaluz urged establishments to comply with labor laws such as the granting of minimum wage and giving of social benefits like PhilHealth and Social Security System (SSS)
In relation to the government’s call to end contractualization, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello lll signed Labor Advisory No. 162 suspending new registration for labor contracts but nevertheless, renew existing contracts who are DO 18-A compliant.
This advisory further supports the goverment’s effort in ensuring workers’ right to security of tenure.
However, Edward Du, President of Negros Oriental Chinese Chamber of Commerce (NOCCI) is opposed ENDO.
Du stressed that employers cannot totally abolish contractualization because there are industries that cannot pursue or mandate a 100% regularization like the case of construction workers whose services are no longer needed after the construction project is finished.
Nevertheless, in complying with labor laws, Du urged employers to do a gradual regularization of employees.
In a related development, Public Service Employment Office (PESO) head of Dumaguete City Socorro Mira welcomes ENDO as it assures that workers referred by PESO to companies will be absorbed as regular employees. (rmn/lpp/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was originally published at PIA website on Sept. 29, 2016)