MAMBURAO, OCCIDENTAL MINDORO – the national issue of “endo” (short for end-of-contract) has been in the limelight for some time now. To encourage the voluntary regularization of employees and ensure their rights to labor standards and security of tenure, DOLE Occidental Mindoro Field Office successfully concluded a one-day Social Dialogue on Voluntary Regularization on 24 October 2019 at the Provincial Training Center, Capitol Compound.

Aside from encouraging the employers in the private sector to uphold the rights of the Filipino workers to security of tenure as well as help the government in curbing illegal forms of contractualization or ‘endo’, the activity also aims to equip the participants with the latest laws and regulations issued by the Department.

A total of 130 participants from agriculture, retail and wholesale, manufacturing, construction, and services industry participated in the said activity. Among the topics discussed were the Law on Contractualization (DO 174) and Security of Tenure, Expanded Maternity Leave Law, Family Welfare Program, and OSH Law (DO 198-18).

Mr. Carlo B. Villaflores, DOLE OccMin Field Office Head, during his message, emphasized that aside from the fact that the government, employers and workers have a shared responsibility in managing and “taking care” of their respective workplaces and work arrangements, employer sector should stay focused on improving their business though their greatest asset – the people.

Meanwhile, Hon. Angelina F. Tria, Municipal Mayor of Mamburao and Provincial Administrator Ms. Muriel Reguinding lauds the Department’s initiative for conducting the said activity for it will not just benefit the participants in terms of information but shall also improve the working conditions of their constituents.

At the end of the day, employers submitted their voluntary commitment plans in regularization to show that they are against with ‘endo’.

Holding a social dialogue proved to be an effective mechanism on exchanging of information and point of views between, or among, representatives of governments, employers and workers relating to security of tenure and compliance to labor laws.

End/Gener L. Francisco