More workers to be regularized soon Bello

from June 29, 2018 01:00 am to June 29, 2018 01:00 am

More workers will soon secure regular employment status as the labor department continues its intensified efforts in abolishing unlawful contracting arrangements.


Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said many establishments nationwide are now submitting their own regularization plans after the labor department released its initial list of non-compliant firms.


“The release of the initial list of non-compliant establishments, which we submitted to the Office of the President made a huge impact on our campaign against illegal contractualizaton. Various firms are now submitting their own regularization plans but still they are all up for inspection to ensure the rights of employees to security of tenure,” Bello said.


The labor secretary said some of the top non-compliant establishments have already signified their intention to regularize their workers under their proposed regularization program. These include Jollibee Food Corporation with 14,960 affected workers, the Dole Philippines, Inc., with 10,521, and the Philsaga Mining Corporation with 6,624.


Meanwhile, other establishments who already submitted their voluntarily regularization program include SM Malls, which targets an estimated 10,000 regularized workers by the end of 2018, as well as the Century Pacific Food Inc. with around 7,000 workers.


“We are expecting more regularized workers soon and I am optimistic that various establishments will comply with our directives. Also, inspections of establishments are ongoing to ensure their compliance with labor standards and existing labor laws,” Bello said.


As of June 2018, a total of 182,915 workers have been regularized through the intensified labor enforcement system of the labor department.


###Abegail De Vega