MANILA, Sept. 7 (PNA) — Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said Wednesday he has already ordered the creation of a group that would study a department order that is the “root cause” of rampant contractualization and “endo” employment in the country.
During the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) PHP13.29 billion budget briefing at the House of Representatives, Bello told lawmakers that the department order legitimizing contractualization will be revoked once it undergoes thorough review.
”We will study (Department Order) 18-A (s. 2011) because that is the root cause of this ‘endo’ and contractualization issue,” said Bello, assuring that the study will be fast-tracked.
The labor chief vowed to reduce the incidence of contractualization by 50 percent by the end of the year and eliminate it altogether by the end of 2017.
DOLE Undersecretary Ciriaco Lagunzad said the department is assessing contracting and subcontracting practices of about 500,000 establishments across the country.
“Once that is determined and the findings are submitted, then an enforcement order will be issued. We can then ascertain how many ‘endo’ (end-of-contract workers) will be regularized,” said Lagunzad.
Based on the first cut of the assessment, more than 5,000 workers have been regularized.
“We hope that by the end of the year, half of those we have investigated will be given enforcement orders so that all identified ‘irregulars’ will be regularized,” Lagunzad said. (PNA)