2,000 labor inspectors to be deputized

THE Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) targets to deputize some 2,000 labor compliance inspectors in line with the government’s thrust on crackdown against companies that are practicing illegal form of contractualization or “endo”.

Dole Secretary Silvestre Bello III said Saturday that to fast track the identification of violators and review the hiring process of different companies ensuring that labor rights of employees are being exercised.

The poor implementation of the provisions against “endo” was due to lack of manpower who will enforce the law, thus, with this effort to increase the number of labor inspectors, companies will be obliged to follow the labor standards and the firm directive of the President to give workers security of tenure and the benefits they deserve.

“We have already been receiving nominees from the labor group pero kulang na kulang. We are hoping that we could get at least 2,000 inspectors para sa ganoon we will have enough inspectors to inspect…establishment[s] na hindi sumusunod sa labor law standards,” Bello said.

Bello added that President Rodrigo Duterte remained committed in his election campaign to end contructualization, however, additional time is required to furnish the details of its implementation as several dialogues will be staged to hear the sides of employers and employees on what they want to achieve.

“[The] President is conscious of his commitment kaya sabi niya: Bigyan niyo lang ako ng pagkakataon pero huwag niyong kalimutan na ito yong pangako ko,” Bello said.

Dole is awaiting for proposals from different sectors on how to holistically address the issue on illegal contractualization while balancing the interests of concerned sectors.

“They have to come up with the proposal na talagang pormang Department order and then pag-aaralan namin if it is legally possible and then also we have to consider the viability of this provision,” he said.

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