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Palace commends new contractualization order

Malacañang yesterday lauded the new contractualization order signed by the Department of Labor and Employment, saying it fulfills one of President Duterte’s campaign promises.

Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella commended all concerned parties for “the tireless efforts they poured in to make this a reality.”

“The issuance of DoLE’s Department Order 174 is a major step in upholding and protecting the labor rights of our great Filipino workers,” Abella said in a text message. “It is a fulfillment of the campaign promise of the President,” he added.

DoLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III signed DO 174 after almost nine months of comprehensive stakeholder consultations, replacing DO 18-A, which was created in 2011 to regulate contractualization in the country.

DO 174 reaffirms the constitutional right of workers for security of tenure by reiterating the prohibition of labor-only contracting; “cabo” system; contracting out of job or work through an in-house agency and in-house cooperative which merely supplies workers to the principal; contracting out of a job by reason of strike whether actual or no imminent; and contracting out of a job performed by union members. (Argyll Cyrus B. Geducos)