Caraga labor director Chona Mantilla on Wednesday said about 6,000 workers in the region may soon be granted regular employment status by the end of this year.
“We are planning to hit 6,000 workers to be regularized in Caraga region by the end of 2018. We will try our best to hit our target goal,” Mantilla said.
She said the inspection of compliance to labor laws and the random validation of voluntary regularization by the Mediation-Arbitration and Legal Service Unit of Department of Labor and Employment in Caraga (DOLE-Caraga) was ongoing in various companies, particularly construction, agricultural, mining firms, and food companies in the region.
Various firms were already sent notice for compliance order for regularization as the agency has stepped up the region-wide campaign for the companies to comply, according to Mantilla.
“Everybody is cooperating now,” she said.
To date, some 2,500 workers were already regularized in their all-out campaign to end contractualization.
Of this number, 1,700 were from the mining sector, she said.
Through Labor Advisory No. 06, series of 2017, the DOLE Caraga thru the Mediation-Arbitration has intensified its efforts in eradicating unlawful contractual arrangements by encouraging establishments to voluntarily regularize their employees and ensure their rights to labor standards benefits, self-organization and security of tenure. By CLC