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DOLE EV kicks off advocacy on D.O 174-17, seeks voluntary compliance from principals and their contr

TACLOBAN CITY – The Department of Labor and Employment in Eastern Visayas region kicked off its advocacy activities on Department Order No. 174 series of 2017 or the rules governing contracting and subcontracting arrangements under Articles 106 to 109 of the Labor Code.  Around 150 principals and their contractors and subcontractors from Western Leyte, Southern Leyte and Biliran provinces gathered for an orientation at the Sutuwaki Restaurant in Ormoc City on April 18, 2017.

DOLE Regional Director Exequiel R. Sarcauga who welcomed the participants conveyed the policy directives of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and DOLE Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III to put an end to contractualization or ENDO which are expressed in 3-prong approaches, namely: strict implementation of the general labor standards, review of then D.O 18-A, and legislative approach by revisiting the provisions of Articles 106 to 109 of the Labor Code.

“With the issuance of D.O. 174-17, we are hopeful to solve certain issues that have long been confronting our Filipino workers, and we seek the support and cooperation of all stakeholders to meaningfully implement this,” Sarcauga explained.

The regional labor chief also asked principals and their contractors and subcontractors to voluntary comply and regularize their workers should their practice runs afoul to the provisions of the new D.O.

Atty. Roy Buenafe, DOLE RO8 Assistant Regional Director led the discussion on the provisions of D.O 174-17 by thoroughly explaining legitimate contracting arrangements, and when they become labor only-contracting which is prohibited by law.

The next round of orientation on D.O 174-17 will be on April 21, 2017 in Tacloban City to be participated in by principals, contractors and subcontractors from Northern Leyte, Samar, Eastern Samar and Northern Samar provinces.

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