More than 400K workers became regular employees under Duterte admin

More than 400K workers became regular employees under Duterte admin

The signing of the Executive Order No. 51 last May, by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is now reaping benefits for the Filipino people.
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said that the issuance of the EO No.51 which gives protection to the right of the workers to security of tenure has resulted in the unprecedented regularization of over 411,000 contractual employees.
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“True to his word, our President succeeded in the regularization of almost 500,000 contractuals. This is unprecedented,” DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III said.
The Labor Secretary gave a breakdown stating that 70% of the 411,000 employees became regular due to the initiatives of the employers while 30% were regularized in compliance with EO No. 51 signed by Duterte last May.
“Ang major accomplishment ng Duterte administration ay nandoon sa Department of Labor and Employment (The major accomplishment of the Duterte administration is in the Department of Labor and Employment),” Sec. Bello said.
Aside from EO 51. The Labor secretary also took note of the launching of Overseas Filipino Bank, settlement of various claims of several laborers, and creation of around 826,000 jobs for Filipinos this year.
The Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) has made known their expressed commitment to regularize all of their employees.
“When we received that communication, I was surprised. This is a big development in the labor atmosphere because no less than the employers are offering to regularize all their employees and they’re starting with 40 percent of their employees. This is really unexpected,” he said.
Bello cites the signing of memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Kuwaiti government as another major accomplishment of Duterte in protecting the overseas Filipino workers (OFW).

“This is the first time that they agreed to enter into a bilateral agreement between their country and our country. So, we have an MOU which provides for the protection – very sufficient, very effective protection of workers,” the DOLE Secretary said.
“Now, under that MOU, our workers are entitled to hold their only means of communication to the outside world, their cellphones. And they cannot be taken by the employers without their consent,” Bello added.
The DOLE Secretary also took note the increase of the amount of minimum wage done by this administration not only in Metro Manila but throughout the regions.
“The last of course was in Metro Manila, we had an increase of PHP25,” Bello said.

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