DOLE to assess firms to stop ‘endo’

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CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga: The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) regional office here will assess some 235 firms, with contractors and subcontractors, operating in Central Luzon to stop contractualization in the region.

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Lawyer Ana Dione, DOLE regional director, issued the directive in line with the marching order of Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd pursuant to President Rodrigo Duterte’s mandate to eliminate what is known as “endo” or end of contract and other prohibited labor practices.

Bello recently issued Department Order (DO) No. 162, suspending the registration of new applicants as contractors or subcontractors under DO 18-A, as well as Labor Advisory No. 10, reiterating the labor code’s strong prohibition on companies engaging in “labor-only-contracting,” or LOC.

The priority industries to be subjected to the special assessment include hotels, malls, food chains, manufacturing, agricultural plantations, and corporate farms.

Dione, through the DOLE’s Labor Laws Compliance System, instructed six labor laws compliance officers to conduct the special assessment of identified firms.

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