• Subic shipbuilder leads SBMA in regularizing workers

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    SUBIC BAY FREEPORT: Subic Shipbuilder Corp. (Sushicor) has moved to absorb more than 1,200 contractual employees from their manpower agencies, leading all companies within the enterprise zone in heeding the call of President Rodrigo Duterte to end contractualization in the country, the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) said.

    According to SBMA officer-in-charge (OIC) administrator Atty. Randy Escolango, at least 18 companies regularized 1,974 contractual employees, with 1,219 of those being employed by Sushicor alone.

    Escolango said the “endo” (end of contract) employees transferred to Subic-based companies’ will undergo six months’ probationary period after which they will be absorbed as regular employees of the companies.

    Escolango, who is concurrently the agency’s deputy administrator for legal affairs, said the SBMA’s labor department in collaboration with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), has been conducting public consultations with Subic Bay Freeport locators in line with the President’s desire to end contractualization.

    Atty. Severo Pastor, Jr., SBMA’s labor chief said his department will continue monitoring the implementation of the program since there are various trades and industries in the Freeport such as shipbuilding, construction, and security agencies which might not be covered.

    Pastor noted that the SBMA locators accounted for at least one-fifth of the 10,000 workers reported to have been moved to regular employment, according to the Duterte administration’s 100-day progress report.

    “This is just a partial list as we are still collating further information,” Pastor said, referring to the 1,974 employees reported so far. Many other companies are reportedly ready to implement regularization of their contractual employees and are just awaiting guidelines from the SBMA.

    Statistics from the SBMA says some 101,651 workers are employed in more than 1,500 companies operating in the Subic Freeport but 70 percent of these workers are believed under contractual status.

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