Butuan City – About 1,112 workers have been regularized by 5 employers so far during the 1st quarter of 2018 as the result of the random validation of voluntary regularization by the Mediation-Arbitration and Legal Service Unit of DOLE Caraga.

The 263 workers regularized were security guards of the Philsaga Mining Corporation from 3 different security agencies, namely: Timberland Security Agency with 80 workers, Marilag Professional Security Services Inc. with 101 workers and Tagbagani Security Agency with 82 workers on March 7-8, 2018. Also, the 839 regularized workers by Sumitomo Mitsui Construction Company (SMCC) on March 8-9, 2018 as witnessed by their lawyer, Atty. Marie Sybil P. Tropicales and its contractors. Lastly, on March 19, 2018, the Wayferer Pension House and Dormitory regularized their 10 workers.

Through Labor Advisory No. 06, series of 2017, the DOLE Caraga Regional Office thru the Mediation-Arbitration has intensified its efforts in eradicating unlawful contractual arrangements, by working doubly in encouraging the establishments for voluntary regularization of employees ensuring their rights to labor standards benefits, self-organization and security of tenure.

According to Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III, “DOLE is serious in implementing D.O. 174, which took effect on April 3, 2017, to end labor-only contracting and other forms of unlawful contractual arrangements.”

With this statement, DOLE Caraga pushes forward in encouraging each establishments being inspected to follow the said labor advisory.

OLGA VIRGINIA A. DEMATA