DOLE: Over 400K employees regularized under Pres. Duterte admin

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Manila, Philippines – More than 400,000 workers from private companies have been regularized since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office in 2016, says PNA report.

For the period 2016-2018, a total of 413,940 workers have been regularized, according to the data shown by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

Of the figure, 291,612 benefitted from voluntary regularization and 122,328 were regularized through inspection. 

The DOLE issued Department Order No. 174, Series of 2017, which serves as the new implementing rules and regulations of Articles 106 to 109 of the Labor Code, as amended.

Also, based on the submitted report from 16 DOLE Regional Offices (DOLE-ROs), as of March 2019, a total of 4,717 registered contractors have valid registration, 3,271 of which were registered under D.O. 174 and 1,446 under D.O. 18-A.

Asec. Benjo Benavidez believed that the situation of laborers in the country have improved under the administration of Duterte.

“To us, oo (yes, it has improved) kasi nakita namin ‘yung sa mga employer marami (because many employers have implemened voluntary regularization). ‘Yung datos namin siguro, mga 65 percent ng mga na-regular based on voluntary regularization so ito ay kusang loob ginawa ng  mga companies kahit hindi namin sila in-inspection so mas paborable po ‘yun ” he said in an interview Wednesday.

“Then aside from that, the occupational safety and health standards and also other labor standards, we think these helped improved the condition of our workers. You cannot quantify a safe workplace. If you are free from diseases and other hazards, you are safe," he added

Source: PNA

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