Some 4,612 workers in Western Visayas have been regularized in the first quarter of 2018 as the Department of Labor and Employment in Region 6 stepped up its campaign to end labor-only contracting in the region, its press release said.
In Antique alone, about 3,126 workers were voluntarily regularized by a mining company based on Semirara Island and by its two contractors.
The remaining employees were voluntarily regularized by hotels, resorts and restaurants as well as those establishments engaged in wholesale and retail business in Iloilo, Negros Occidental, and Capiz.
The DOLE 6 has been continuously conducting consultations, orientations and seminars on matters involving “endo” and contractualization as a means to educate employers and gain their support to eliminate labor-only contracting and other prohibited work practices, the press release said.
DOLE Region 6 director Johnson Cañete stressed that its strengthened campaign for employer awareness and voluntary regularization is slowly paying off as shown by the number of regularized workers for the first quarter of the year.
Cañete said that the DOLE is positive that it can deliver its commitment of 15,000 regularized workers by the end of December 2018, the press release said.
He added that this target will be achieved through the active involvement of business establishments in the region and the sustained inspection of establishments, principals, and contractors that are practicing "endo" and labor-only contracting arrangements, the press release added.*
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