Incoming Labor chief vows to end contractualization under Duterte administration

  • Incoming Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III vowed to fulfill Duterte’s promise to end contractualization
  • He said PH actually has an anti-contractualization law that just needs to be strictly implemented
  • He also promised to revamp DOLE, replace employees found to be incompetent

MANILA, Philippines – Seeking to fulfill President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s promise to end contractualization, incoming Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III vowed to do everything in his power to stop the practice.

According to Bello, the country in fact has an existing anti-contractualization law which just needs to strictly implemented.

“The contractualization issue, it’s not that hard to solve because we have an existing anti-contractualization law,” he told ABS-CBN. “It is just a matter of implementing it strictly.”

Citing the current DOLE, Bello vowed changes to ensure the department actually does its job. He said DOLE employees found to do their jobs incompetently will be replaced with more qualified ones.

“If you can see now, the eyes of those who work for DOLE are closed,” he pointed out. “They know there is a violation of the anti-contractualization law yet they do nothing.”

Bello also blasted businesses who oppress their workers by circumventing the country’s existing labor laws.

“For example, you take one employee on probation, then after five months you remove him. Then after one month, you re-hire him, the remove him again. That is also a circumvention of the law,” he said. “That is really devious thinking, that they really try to avoid their obligation of making their workers regular so that they won’t have any obligation to pay their benefits.”

Aside from the Labor department and businesses, Bello also promised to investigate employment agencies to see whether they are genuine or are just formed by employers who again want to avoid regularizing their contractual employees.