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DOLE-NCR prepares for D.O. 174

DOLE-NCR prepares for the implementation of DOLE Department Order No. 174, series of 2017, through capacity-building seminar of Labor Laws Compliance Officers (LLCOs), the Mediator-Arbitrators (Med-Arb) of the Mediator-Arbitrator and Legal Service Unit (MALSU) and the focal persons of the six (6) DOLE-NCR Field Offices on March 27, 2017 at the Ichikawa Hall, Occupational Safety and Health Center.

Atty. Benjo Santos Benavidez, Director of Bureau of Labor Relations, facilitated the briefing on the changes made and the salient points of the new Department Order, which will govern the implementation of Articles 106 to 109 of the Labor Code, as amended effective April 3, 2017, 15 days following its publication in newspaper of general circulation.

Director Benavidez was part of the team that drafted the Department Order No. 174, s. of 2017, after series of meetings and consultations with all stakeholders. This new Department Order seeks to regulate the contracting/subcontracting arrangements between the principal and the contractors/subcontractors, to guarantee that the rights and benefits of workers under the existing labor laws will not be undermined, including their right to security of tenure.

The Right to Security of Tenure will guarantee that workers will not be separated or terminated from work without just or authorized cause as provided for under the Labor Code of the Philippines.  For workers, this means they will never lose their jobs on account of expiration of short-term contracts.

The common practice of some industries of repeatedly hiring and re-hiring due to expiration of short-term contracts of employees performing jobs that are directly related to the employer’s main line of business is an arrangement prohibited under prevailing laws, rules and jurisprudence. 

Four (4) notable changes have been made on the new Department Order. The previous Php 3 million pesos required capitalization for contractors/subcontractors was raised to                                Php 5 million. The registration fee of Php 25,000 was raised to Php100,000, while the registration’s validity was reduced from three (3) to two (2) years.

D.O 174 likewise reduced the period upon which an employee may be placed on floating status or the period before an employee may be separated on ground of redundancy after payment of separation pay. The six (6) months period under D.O 18-A has been reduced to three (3) months under the new regulation. END/James Oliver Punay

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2017-04-03
DIR. JALBUENA
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