By Genalyn Kabiling
The government is launching a “Tokhang Laban sa Cabo,” an intensified crackdown against companies engaged in labor-only contracting.
President Duterte has given the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 30 days within which to submit an inventory of companies involved in the illegal short-term employment, according to his spokesman Harry Roque.
The President’s memorandum to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III came after deciding to forego the issuance of an executive order against end-of-contract scheme or “endo” and let Congress pass a bill instead.
“Itong 30 days na ito, it’s not just for the list, it’s to tell them to comply otherwise sasara kayo ni Presidente [the President will shut you down],” Roque said during a Palace news conference.
“Talagang magkakaroon ngtokhang sa mga kompanya, iisa-isahin sila.Tokhang laban sa cabo ito [There will be ‘Tokhang’ on companies, they will be checked one by one. This will be ‘Tokhang’ against cabo],” he added, deriving the name from “Oplan Tokhang” or the police’s house-to-house operations urging suspects to mend their ways and seek rehabilitation.
Labor-only contracting and farming of work through a “cabo” or a person or group under the guise of labor group or cooperative that supplies workers to an employer, are among the forms of employment prohibited by the country’s labor laws, according to Roque.
In a memorandum dated April 17, the President has ordered the Labor secretary “to submit to the Office of the President within 30 days a comprehensive report on the implementation of Department Order Nos. 174 and 183 (s.2017), including violations thereof, and a list of companies engaged in labor-only contracting.”
Duterte also directed the National Labor Relations Commission to coordinate with Bello and submit a list of cause involving respondents found to be engaged in labor-only contracting, and or have committed violations of the labor directives.