DOLE Chief Confirms PLDT & PAL Express Violates Various Labor Standards


Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III confirmed to the media that some of the most prominent companies in the country particularly the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) and Philippine Airlines (PAL) have been violating various labor standards, particularly in relation to the contractualization of its employees.



Labor Secretary Bello was quoted as saying "At PLDT, we found violations, mostly among its sub-contractors and majority of which are not even registered or with expired registrations," Bello said at a news conference.

According to Sec. Bello these irregularities were discovered by DOLE through the Special Assessment/Visit of Establishment (SAVE) conducted in 2016 by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

Due to the statement released by the DOLE Chief, the multi-national company PLDT issued a statement, saying it had not received any order from the DOLE, but it promised to "Fully cooperate" with the Department's ongoing audit of its labor practices.


Sec. Bello on his part stated that he would direct the regularization of around 10,000 employees of PLDT after finding out that they had been performing functions necessary to the company.

“I will order the regularization of close to 10,000 workers under contracting and subcontracting arrangement but are performing jobs that are directly related to PLDT business,” he said.

DOLE allows the contracting of labor that is not part of the key functions of a company via manpower agencies registered with them.

Labor Undersecretary Joel Maglunsod also added that DOLE expects PLDT employees who could be regularized as they pursue a nationwide evaluation of the telco company. He also confirmed that the 10,000 is just from Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

Source: Inquirer


DOLE Chief Confirms PLDT & PAL Express Violates Various Labor Standards DOLE Chief Confirms PLDT & PAL Express Violates Various Labor Standards Reviewed by Phil Newsome on 4/20/2017 Rating: 5

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