Sa May 25 na: DOLE to submit list of labor law violators to Palace

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Companies that continue to violate labor laws, including those that engage in contractualization, will soon be known to Malacanang by May 25.

The Department of Labor and Employment said it will submit on that date a list of companies still violating Philippine labor laws.

DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the Bureau of Working Conditions is now in the stage of validating its inventory before submitting the list to Malacanang.

BWC Director Ma. Teresita Cucueco said they have received lists of non-compliant companies from Regions 4B, 6, 7, 11 and 12.

“Of the submitted list, company violations usually involve non-compliance with minimum wage orders, proper computation of overtime pays, and remittance of social benefits,” she said.

Earlier, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered Bello to identify and list of companies violating labor laws and those engaged in illegal labor-only contracting.

The DOLE has been inspecting establishments nationwide to check compliance of labor laws and standards and occupational health and safety.

Bello also said the Employers Confederation of the Philippines has expressed support over the campaign of the government to provide security of tenure and regularize workers.

“We gained the support of ECOP and they vowed to kick out from their organization any employer who will not obey the orders of the President and DOLE,” he said.

But he cited the government’s deficiency in inspection with insufficient number of labor inspectors.

He said there are around 900,000 business establishments in the country to be inspected, but the DOLE has only 570 inspectors.

Meanwhile, Cucueco noted another frequent violation of employers is not having a safety officer who will be in charge of evacuation planning, monitoring, and checking of occupational safety in the workplace and other safety-related matters in the company.