SOME 31,007 workers were regularized by 272 establishments from different parts of Central Luzon, the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) announced Wednesday.
Dole Regional Director Zenaida Angara-Campita said that the regional labor agency’s latest scorecard in its fight against various forms of illegal contracting schemes covers the year 2018.
In her report to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, Campita said that the regional office’s accomplishment surpassed its annual target of 30,000 workers.
“In 2018, the regional labor office doubled its efforts and rose to the Department’s challenge to have more workers regularized. With our labor inspectors all locked-in, we have managed to achieve our target and even surpassed it. We are grateful for the support and cooperation of the employers of this region for their compliance,” Campita said.
Of the total workers regularized, around 19,162 of them were regularized by 174 establishments through voluntary compliance initiatives.
The remaining 11,845 workers, on the other hand, were regularized by 98 firms by order of compliance issued by the regional labor office through inspection visits.
Campita reported to Bello that the regional and field offices continued to adopt various strategies to ensure that its target for the year will be achieved.
“We have tasked 33 labor inspectors, 9 more than the previous year, to hold labor inspections to establishments, principals, and contractors to determine their compliance with general labor standards (GLS) and occupational safety and health standards (OSH), and more importantly, to determine those practicing prohibited working arrangements,” Campita said.
Different industries operating within and outside of the region’s freeport and economic zones were covered under the Dole’s region-wide labor inspection program.
Firms found to be engaging in labor-only contracting or any similar work arrangements were subjected to mandatory conferences and assisted in complying with GLS and OSH standards.
Campita thanked complying establishments for their support and urged more firms to follow suit in regularizing their workers.
“Again, we would like to thank our partners from the private sector in heeding our call to regularize their workers. Security of tenure is always a concern for workers and their families. Being permanent in their jobs will enable them to be more productive, thus, will be good for business,” Campita said.
“Hoping for more establishments to realize the benefits of regularizing their workers deemed necessary and desirable in their day to day operations,” she added. (PR)