TACLOBAN CITY (PNA) – At least 2,093 workers in Eastern Visayas have been regularized from January to mid-April this year as the central government steps up drive to end labor-only contracting or “endo”, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) here reported Wednesday, May 2.
Of the number, 1,677 ben-efitted from the campaign when their employers voluntarily complied with the directive to stop “endo”.
Some 414 workers attained regular employment status after labor inspection activities.
DOLE Regional Director Cyril Ticao said over a thousand of these workers were given per-manent employment status by the Philippine Associated Smelt-ing and Refining Corporation, the country’s largest copper smelter based in Isabel, Leyte.
“We have been inspecting shopping malls, hotels, restau-rants, food chains, gas stations, manufacturing, construction, transport, and fishing industry since these are the establish-ment vulnerable to labor-only contracting,” Ticao shared.
The regional office has only 20 labor inspectors tasked to check the compliance of thousands of business establishments in the region’s six provinces.
The signing of an executive order prohibiting “endo” by Presi-dent Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tues-day, May 1, is a big help in achiev-ing their target of 9,000 workers to be regularized this year.
The inspection from January to April 19 has covered 53 es-tablishments. This was pushed after conducting an employer’s forum on DOLE Department Order (DO) No. 174.
On March 19, 2017, the labor department released DO No. 174, laying down its new regula-tions governing contracting and subcontracting arrangements.The DOLE adopted two tracks in eliminating illegal con-tractualization, including labor-only contracting or “endo”.
In the first track, the DOLE regional offices conducted a series of consultations and meet-ings to encourage employers to voluntarily regularize workers under the unlawful arrange-ments.
For the second track, labor laws compliance officers in-spected establishments, princi-pals and contractors practicing labor-only contracting arrange-ments.
Those found to be engaged in labor-only contracting are subjected to mandatory confer-ences to assist them in their com-pliance with labor standards.In 2017, about 1,733 workers were given regular employment status in six provinces of Eastern Visayas.