GENERAL SANTOS CITY: In a move to put an end to job contractualization that is prohibited by law, the private sector in Region 12 is processing regularization of more that 1,000 workers, according to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Monday.
Albert Gutib, DOLE Region 12 acting regional director, said the regularization of 1,236 employees was a result of the Labor department’s ongoing campaign against companies and business establishments that are into labor contractualization.
He noted that at least 60 establishments in various parts of the region were found violating government regulations on labor contractualization or endo (end-of-contract) and labor-only contracting employment.
Gutib said at least nine companies and commercial establishments have agreed to provide regular status to their qualified workers based on government labor regulations.
Among these firms are Gaisano Dadiangas Inc., Philippine Cinmic Industrial Corp., Brothers D & D/Fit Mart General Santos, DOLE Philippines, Lapanday Foods Corp., Bioseed Research Philippines Inc., Golden Arches Development Corp./McDonalds, TLG Shopper’s Mart and Shopping Center Management Corp. (SM Supermalls).
“Our interventions are currently ongoing and we expect that more workers will be added to the list in the coming months,” Gutib said.
He added that 390 of the workers are already in the final phase of the regularization process and 873 are undergoing the initial stages.
Of the total number to be given regular status 1,002 were agency-hired and 182 were directly-hired workers.
Gutib said 52 workers received regular status through the agency’s labor laws compliance system assessments.
“There are 34 cases due for issuance of compliance orders and 15 more cases are undergoing mandatory conference,” he added.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd last July issued Department Order No. 162, directing DOLE regional offices to stop accepting applications from new third-party service providers.
Labor-only contracting is an arrangement “where the contractor or subcontractor merely recruits, supplies or places workers to perform a job, work or service for a principal.”
Meanwhile, Gutib said they also certified eight more barangay (villages) in the region as child labor-free based on results of continuing assessments of the prevailing child labor situation in the region.
Declared as child labor-free villages were Maibo, Tantangan town in South Cotabato; Tuyan and Lun Padidu in Malapatan, Sarangani; Upper Baguer in Pigcawayan, North Cotabato; Salaman in Lebak, Sultan Kudarat; Kalandagan in Tacurong City; and Rosary Heights-9 and Poblacion 3 in Cotabato City.
The regional labor office has documented a total of 239 working children or child laborers in the eight villages.
Gutib said barangay with identified child laborers undergo a series of processes and interventions by different government agencies and local stakeholders before they are declared as child labor-free.
DOLE 12 has already certified a total of 35 barangay in the region as child labor-free in the last three years.
At least 12 villages were initially declared in 2014 and 15 more were added in 2015.