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Contractual employees regularized in DOLE MIMAROPA’s battle against ENDO

Since the DOLE’s battle against “ENDO” started middle of 2016, MIMAROPA Region has been passionate in its stricter implementation of the regulation on job contracting. One hundred twenty four (124) employees were reported to have been voluntarily regularized by their companies operating in the region while sixty three (63) employees became regular due to conduct of Joint Assessment of DOLE MIMAROPA.

 However, due to the incapacity of some companies to regularize all employees, they resorted to termination of employment and payment of separation pay to affected employees which amounted to a total of P703,721.76. In this anticipated undesirable situation along with the DOLE’s battle, the department has prepared its immediate response to provide assistance to those whose employment has been terminated. One thousand one hundred and twenty three (1,123) workers, who were previously working in the mining sites in Palawan have been provided cash assistance through the DOLE’s Emergency Employment Program and Tulong Alalay sa ating Disadvantaged Workers. They worked for ten (10) days cleaning their community and were paid two hundred eighty five pesos (P285.00) per day, the highest applicable minimum rate in the region. This is a form of DOLE MIMAROPA’s quick response while dismissed employees are looking for new employment.

 Aside from the immediate cash assistance, DOLE MIMAROPA through a convergence program with DTI, BFAR and TESDA gave out grants estimated at eight million pesos (P8M) for livelihood projects of the displaced workers in Palawan. With this, (the reality that displacement from work has crossed the roads of some workers due to DOLE’s intense fight against illegitimate contractualization), these workers are not left bare-handed as DOLE’s assistance is readily available for them.

 

End/LORETA DUEÑAS-CATAPANG

 

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2017-01-09
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