more than 300,000 regularized workers in the SONA report is grossly
July 28, 2018
QUEZON CITY – The
country's biggest labor group Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union
Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) revealed that the "more than
300,000 regularized endo workers" by the Department of Labor and
Employment (DOLE) as its accomplishment since 2016 is grossly
DOLE Secretary Silvestre
Bello and Bureau of Labor Relations Director Benjo Benavidez made it
appear to President Duterte for his State of the Nation Address
Monday that the DOLE have regularized 321,000 Endo and
contractualized workers over the period of two years as achievement
in compliance to Duterte efforts to stem the prevalent, short-term
and temporary contractualization work practice.
However, upon verification
of the records of DOLE Thursday, ALU-TUCP Spokesperson Alan Tanjusay
learned that only 202,000 contractualized workers have been absorbed
voluntarily by different establishments nationwide as regular
workers and about 119,000 other Endo workers have yet to be
regularized because the principal employers are contesting the
regularization order of DOLE regional offices.
Even the 202,000 alleged
regularized Endo workers are still questionable because it has to be
verified if they were regular to the middlemen manpower agencies or
to the principal employer and principal business owner that utilize
We urge the DOLE to
rectify the matter and make the necessary, accurate and honest
clarification to the people, Tanjusay said.
It can be recalled that
Bello vehemently denied ALU-TUCP allegations they misinformed the
President with the data and dared Tanjusay to himself check his data
with the DOLE office.
But Bello surprised with
Tanjusay showing up his office the whole day Wednesday.
Instead of facing Tanjusay,
Bello rather asked Benavidez and Undersecretary Joel Maglunsod to
talk to the ALU-TUCP spokesperson.