Technical Working Group Created to Monitor Issues on Contractualization

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Technical Working Group Created to Monitor Issues on Contractualization


Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III Secretary has created a technical working group to develop and monitor the action plan on addressing contractualization in the country.

In a statement, the Department of Labor and Employment said the TWG will be chaired by Undersecretary for Social Protection Ciriaco A. Lagunzad III and co-chaired by Undersecretary Joel B. Maglungsod.

Lagunzad was also assigned by Secretary Bello to oversee DOLE's task of addressing contractualization issues and all related activities to be undertaken in the future to meet the policy goal of the Duterte administration.

The members of the TWG are the Bureau of Working Condition, Bureau of Labor Relations, Bureau of Local Employment, National Labor Relations Commission, National Wages and Productivity Commission, DOLE National Capital Region, Legal Service, Planning Service, and Labor Communications Office.

In a memorandum, Secretary Bello ordered all the DOLE regional directors, including the directors of the Bureaus of Working Conditions, Local Employment, Labor Relations, Workers with Special Concerns; the Legal Service, National Labor Relations Commission, National Conciliation and Mediation Board, and National Wages and Productivity Commission, for a workshop on July 18 to 19 to review policies and legal framework and assess the contracting and sub-contracting practices in industries.

"This is our continuing effort to address the issue of contractualization pursuant to President Duterte's directive to afford full protection to contractual workers and ensure that their rights are upheld," he said.

The DOLE chief reiterated that the use of short-term employment contracts, whether these are through direct hiring by employers or through contracting out, which is contrary to the provisions of Articles 106 to 109 of the Labor Code, as amended, or are in circumvention of Article 249, are not allowed. …

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