Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III yesterday directed all Regional Offices of the Department to launch a massive information campaign against illegitimate contractualization and ‘endo’ practices to ensure strict implementation and enforcement of workers’ right to security of tenure.
“I ordered all Regional Directors to go all out in informing the public, particularly the employers and workers, that we are serious in our target of reducing ‘endo’ practice by 50 percent by 2016 and abolishing it by 2017,” said Bello.
Bello also directed the Department’s Regional Directors to double their efforts in the conduct of consultations and dialogues with workers and employers, including priority industries, where illegitimate contractualization and ‘endo’ practice is most prevalent. The priority industries include hotel and restaurant, manufacturing, health and wellness, malls, food chains, agricultural plantation, and corporate farms.
He added that through the conduct of orientations, the Department would be able to clarify and address issues on the government’s efforts to end illegitimate contractualization which are being raised by various employers’ associations and other stakeholders.
Bello also said that the Department is developing a frequently asked question (FAQ) pamphlet which will be disseminated nationwide. The said FAQ will also be posted in the websites of DOLE offices/agencies.
“There is a need to clarify and clearly define the concept of labor only-contacting engagements, status of employment, and the instances which might lead to the circumvention of the law,” said Bello.
“Labor-only contracting is prohibited. This means that labor-only contracting, or those arrangement where the contractor or subcontractor merely recruits, supplies or places workers to perform a job, work or service for a principal, is illegal,” said Bello.
He added that the Department recognized that illegitimate contractualization or “endo” practices exist in both bilateral and trilateral employment relationships.
“Illegitimate contractualization or ‘endo’ are practices which constitute labor-only contracting or other similar arrangements where the duration of employment is fixed for a short period for purposes of circumventing workers’ rights to security of tenure, self-organization and collective bargaining, labor standards, and other basic workers’ rights,” said Bello.
Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III yesterday warned the public about bogus job opportunities spread through email by an alleged overseas-based recruitment company.
Bello made the announcement after the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration cautioned licensed recruitment agencies, including job applicants, about offers of overseas employment through e-mail by foreign manpower agencies.
“We received information from POEA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac that a certain Omegal Manpower Services Limited, claiming to be based in Ireland, is offering commissions to interested manpower brokers or individuals that can supply workers for various job openings in Canada, Mexico and Europe. We caution the public to be wary of this offer,” Bello said.
According to POEA, Omegal, in its email, promises local recruiters an amount equivalent to one-month salary of every worker supplied as agency commission.
“The POEA has searched the online presence of this manpower company allegedly based in Ireland, but it all turned negative. There is no such agency named Omegal Manpower Services Limited,” Bello said.
POEA Administrator Cacdac also warned applicants against falling prey to unscrupulous individuals that post supposed job vacancies in fake websites and Facebook pages especially those that require immediate payment of fees.
Cacdac said job applicants must ignore unsolicited emails that offer jobs in hotels and hospitals but require applicants to pay fees for testing, interview and language seminar, or visa orientation.
He also advised applicants to validate the authenticity of job offers through POEA’s verification system at the website poea.gov.ph, mobile phone application, or by calling its telephone hotlines 7221144 and 7221155.
Bello also invited the public to alert the DOLE of any similar illegal recruitment activities by calling DOLE hotline 1349.
“We must help one another curtail the evils of illegal recruitment and human trafficking. Please inform us of any suspicious recruitment schemes happening in your places so that we can also enlist the support of other government agencies to save our jobseekers from being victimized by illegal recruiters,” Bello said.
The DOLE hotline service is open 24/7 to attend not only to queries about labor and employment issues but also to other critical incidents affecting local and overseas-based workers.
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) conducted another Kapihan at Balitaan session this year featuring the banking and finance industry. The event was held in Midas Hotel, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City on 14 August 2015.