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DOLE says 18,000 workers to be regularized soon

Another 18,000 contractual workers are expected to be regularized soon, as the government continued with its intensified crackdown against illegal contractualization.

In a statement, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) disclosed this was the remaining number of workers, whom they have identified to be victims of labor-only contracting, but have yet to be regularized by their employers.

Citing the result of their nationwide audit of private companies, Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III said they were able to record 34,627 workers, who were being employed by 1,546 firms found practicing illegal labor-only contracting.

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“It is very clear that there are establishments which are violating the law,” Bello said.

According to the Bureau of Working Conditions (BWC), only 16,000 of these affected workers were voluntarily regularized by their employers as of October this year.

“The number represents about 15 percent of the total number of workers who are in illegitimate contracting arrangement. Most of these workers are in manufacturing, malls, food chains, and hotel and restaurant industries,” Bello said.

DOLE said the employers of the remaining 18,000 contractual workers will also be required to follow suit or face possible sanctions.

“Those found to be engaged in labor-only contracting are subjected to mandatory conferences to assist them in their compliance with labor standards,” Bello said.

“Employers will be compelled to strictly comply with existing laws,” he added.

This was part of DOLE’s target to end all illegal forms of contractualization like “endo” or end-of-contract by next year.

“If the law will be implemented and there will be strict compliance, I don’t see any reason the objective of ending ‘endo’ practice by 2017 will not be achieved,” Bello said.