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Bello plans to conduct
audit on labor officials

Newly-installed Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III is looking at conducting a performance audit on the officers of the department, especially those exercising quasi-judicial function, a government press release said.

Bello yesterday noted that there had been complaints regarding the delay in resolving cases.

Among the offices under the DOLE that are exercising quasi-judicial functions are the National Labor Relations Commission, Employees Compensation Commission and National Conciliation and Mediation Board.

He said such problem was also present in the judicial branch of the government.

“I have always been persistent reminding the Supreme Court, the highest of the court of the land that is should hasten the disposition of the cases…. And to my mind justice delayed, is injustice. And we could not allow that,” Bello said.

Bello also revealed that some of the marching orders from the President included a stop in the "endo" contract and contractualization hiring scheme; and the arrest and punishing illegal recruiters.

He will meet with employers and labor groups in the coming days to discuss with them the major trusts of the Duterte administration in the employment sector, Bello said.

“We have to stop endo. We have to stop contractualization. We have to help each other. Both labor and management would have to talk on how we could achieve this. We have to keep the balance,” explained Bello, who is the 28th DOLE Secretary.

He succeeded former Labor and Employment chief Rosalinda Baldoz, who had finished her 6-year term under the Aquino administration. *PNA



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