Endo tops agenda of Davao chamber of commerce meet

THE issue on contractualization will take centerstage during the 10th Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (DCCCII) General Membership Meeting Tuesday, October 25, at the Royal Mandaya Hotel, Davao City.

“This meeting, we will have a thorough discussion on the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) Department Order No. 18-A Series of 2011 governing the contracting and subcontracting agreements,” Maan Doromal, executive director of DCCCII said in an interview with SunStar Davao Monday.

She added that labor and employment Undersecretary Dominador Say be the speaker for the meeting. Doromal said that they are expecting over 100 participants Tuesday.

During the meeting, DCCCII will also induct three new members namely Instatech, Inc., Jenson Land Realty, and Development and Green Labour, Inc. With the new members, the Davao chamber members reached to a total of 253 members.

Dole Secretary Silvestre Bello III said earlier that Davao Region is moving faster in ending contractualization (Endo) than other regions in the country.

"Under the Davao Region director (Joffrey Suyao), who is really focused on the job, actions in ending endo are faster," the secretary said.

In an estimate, he said, Davao Region is up 20 percent in reducing endo-related cases in the region. Bello emphasized that the labor and employment department is committed to end in half the cases of contractualization by the end of 2016 and eliminate Endo by 2017.

At present, Dole is now 15 percent of their 50 percent target by the end of this year nationwide. Bello added that the core of its actions is nothing but to implement the Labor Code in a bid for employees to enjoy security of tenure.

In an earlier report, Dole-Davao crafted the Regional Action Plan for the Effective Implementation and Enforcement of Worker's Rights to Security of Tenure last August.

This developed after Bello issued a Department Order 162, series of 2016, which suspended the registration of new applicants as contractors and subcontractors in support to the continued effort of the Duterte administration to end labor-only contracting (LOC) scheme. The results of the assessment will be the basis for updating the landscape of contracting/subcontracting.

Dole’s action plan will contain monitoring of violators and provide assistance to the affected employees. Orientations will also be conducted with stakeholders and capacity building on Labor Laws Compliance Officers.

As of July 31, Dole recorded a total of 420 registered contractors/subcontractors in Davao Region. Dole-Davao also noted 292 contractors/subcontractors who failed to submit their reports for 2013, 2014 and 2015 while 124 have passed for partial compliance.
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