DOLE : Over 400K employees regularized under Duterte admin

DOLE : Over 400K employees regularized under Duterte admin

Numbers don’t lie.
Base from the data given by the Department of Labor (DOLE) over 400,000 workers from the private sector have been regularized since President Rodrigo Roa Duterte assumed office in 2016.
DOLE records show that for the period 2016-2018 a total of 413,940 workers have been regularized.

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Of that figure, 291,612 benefitted from voluntary regularization and 122, 328 were regularized through inspection.
The DOLE issued Department Order No. 174, Series of 2017, which is the new implementing rules and regulations of Articles 106 to 109 of the Labor Code, as amended.
DO 174-17 is a product of comprehensive and inclusive area-wide consultations involving all sectors (i.e. formal, informal, public, migrant, women, and youth).
Based on the submitted report of the 16 DOLE Regional Offices (DOLE-ROs), as of March 2019, a total of 4,717 registered contractors have valid registration, 3,271 of which were registered under D.O. 174 and 1,446 under D.O. 18-A.

Situation improved under Duterte

DOLE Asec. Benjo Benavidez believed that the situation of laborers in the country has improved under the Duterte administration.
“To us, oo (yes, it has improved) kasi nakita namin ‘yung sa mga employer marami (because many employers have implemened voluntary regularization). ‘Yung datos namin siguro, mga 65 percent ng mga na-regular based on voluntary regularization so ito ay kusang loob ginawa ng mga companies kahit hindi namin sila in-inspection so mas paborable po ‘yun (Based on our data, around 65 percent of regularized workers were voluntarily regularized, meaning it was out of the companies' actions which they did even without us doing inspections so it is more favorable),” he said in an interview.
ASec Benavidez also took note of the improvement of the welfare of workers as regards to their safety.
“Then aside from that, the occupational safety and health standards and also other labor standards, we think these helped improved the condition of our workers. You cannot quantify a safe workplace. If you are free from diseases and other hazards, you are safe," he added.

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