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Bacolod City, Philippines Wednesday, August 31, 2016
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Avoid contracted workers

All the remaining labor contractor and subcontractors have to do is improve their services, and for establishments to avoid hiring employees for only five months, and instead, reward deserving workers with regular jobs, a local business leader said yesterday.

Frank Carbon, regional governor of Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Western Visayas and Negros Island, said compliance to labor laws must be focused on since Negros Occidental has more than enough service contracting companies already.

Pursuant to Department Order No. 162 series of 2016 signed by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, Department of Labor and Employment-NIR Director Jonathan Cañete recently directed focal persons in both Occidental and Oriental to suspend registration of new applicants as contractor or subcontractors in the region.

The remaining 140 contractors and subcontractors will still undergo rigid screening for compliance, before they can apply for a renewal of certification, which expires only within two years.

Aside from the service contractors, Carbon said, employers should also avoid hiring contracted workers, and instead regularize those who excell in their evaluation.

This will encourage employees to work hard, rather than ending good services after five months of employment, he added.

While this is a development in the labor conditions in the country, the government should consider modeling after the labor laws of other countries, including paying workers on an hourly basis, he said.

This will expand the skills set of workers, and hire employees only in specific needed hours, he said.

He added that individuals will be encouraged to develop multiple skills to be able to find multiple sources of income.*KBC


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