Workers’ protection gets boost with new DOLE DO 18-A
MANILA, Nov. 30 (PNA) – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has given more teeth to a revised department order that aims to protect workers by curbing abuses of contracting and subcontracting arrangements.
In a press briefing, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said Department Order 18-A, an amendment to Department Order 18, now has provisions that would strengthen security of tenure of workers.
The repeated hiring of employees for a five-month duration, known as “5-5-5” and “end of contract”, is now prohibited under the new D.O.
”Our aim is to get rid of fly-by-night contractors and subcontractors. The new department order will promote employment and encourage full compliance with minimum wages, security of tenure, self organization and collective bargaining” she said.
”Repeated hiring of workers for a five to six months employment contract under the same employer under a service agreement of the same duration is prohibited as stated in Section 7 of the D.O. and of Article 280 of the Labor Code,” she added.
Under the amended D.O, contractors and subcontractors are now required to submit proof of payment of their remittances to the Social Security System, Pag-Ibig, Philhealth, and Bureau of Internal Revenue.
Baldoz said contractors and subcontractors that fail to comply with the new rules would result in the cancellation of their certificates of registration.
She added that tripartite groups who were part of the crafting of the amended order would also help in the compliance monitoring of the D.O.
The D.O. will take effect on December 5, Baldoz said. (PNA)