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Gov’t ‘anti-endo’ campaign leads to regularization of 45,605 workers

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By Genalyn Kabiling

The government has promised to continue to provide stable and secure jobs for Filipinos after more than 45,000 contractual workers have been regularized from their work.

Call center agents attend to customers call at a call center in Quezon City. According to a report, the Philippines' outsourcing industry faces a shortage of trained personnel after a decade of rapid growth which saw it become a pillar of the economy as booming demand overtakes the supply of trained workers. The industry, which includes call centers, software design, animation and other functions that foreign companies find cheaper to farm out abroad, has grown by about 20 percent annually since 2007. (Mark Balmores)

Call center agents attend to customers call at a call center in Quezon City. (Credits: Mark Balmores | Manila Bulletin)

Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella said the President’s campaign promise to end contractualization has become a “reality,” citing recent government steps to abolish such illegal labor practices.

“We remain committed to provide stable and secure jobs for the Filipino people,” Abella said.

The Palace official echoed a recent statement of Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III that 45,605 workers have benefited from the government’s anti-endo campaign. They are now regular workers due to the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) Department Order No. 174 on contracting and subcontracting work.

“From July 2016 to March 2017, the DOLE has reported that it has successfully regularized these said numbers,” Abella said.
Abella said DOLE’s department order was issued “to support measures in abolishing illegal contractualization practices.”

“It authorizes labor groups along with labor compliance offices to review establishments and observance of existing labor laws and regulations,” he said.

At the start his term, President Duterte has pushed for an end to the practice of “endo” or the hiring of workers for five months designed to avoid regularization of workers. Duterte wanted to ensure the workers will get job security when employed in companies.

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