Regularize 8,000 workers; pay P66-M claims, PLDT told

Date Posted: January 16th, 2018 04:38 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has made final its order for the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) to regularize close to 8,000 contractual workers and settle P66 million in unpaid benefits.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III rejected PLDT’s appeal to reverse the compliance order issued by the NCR regional office last year to provide regular employment status to its workers, while its contractors were told to pay the employees P66,348,368.88 in monetary claims.

In denying PLDT’s appeal, Bello last week said his office found no merit to overturn the DOLE NCR order.

Identified as companies engaged in labor-only contracting, DOLE ordered PLDT to regularize workers from Activeone Health Inc., Archon Consulting and System Services Inc., BBS-VP-VPN Allied Services Corporation, Consultancy, Outsourcing, Recovery and Equivalent Services (CORES) Inc., El Grande Messengerial Services Inc., Hibizcom Corp., JFM Installation & Telecom Services Inc., and M.D. Tambungui Specialists (MDTS) Inc.

The same ruling also applies to MG Exeo Network, Occupational Dental Health Care and Services, PC Tech, Pointman Placement Specialist, Proserve Multi Resources Specialists Inc., Searchers and Staffers Corporation; SPi CRM Inc., Unison Computer System Inc., and Upsight Construction Inc.

Aside from being identified as companies engaging in labor-only contracting, AE Research Exponents Inc., Aremay Enterprise, Best Option Assistance Inc., Centennial Technologies & Marketing Corporation, Comworks Inc., Consolidated Management Resources, Curo Teknika Inc., Diars Assistance Inc., Goodline Staffers and Allied Service Inc., and Implicare International Management Resources Inc., were directed to settle monetary claims of their workers amounting to P28, 446,139.14.

Furthermore, Information Professionals Inc., Iplus Intelligent Network Inc., LBP Service Corporation, Meralco Industrial Engineering Services Corporation, Pro Tek Telecoms Support Inc., Serveflex Inc., Sitetel Marketing, Software Laboratories Inc., Tejo Management Services Inc., Transbio Incorporated, Trends and Technologies Service Maintenance Inc., and We Support Inc. were also ordered to grant the monetary claims of their workers amounting to P37,901,866.27.

Most of the companies identified as labor-only contractors were found making unauthorized wage deductions, non-payment and non-compliance with the minimum wage and the 13th month law, and refused to grant their workers service incentive benefits stipulated in the Labor Code.

They were ordered by the labor department to cease and desist from further engaging in contracting activities and their respective registrations cancelled.

On the other hand, the labor department declared Customer Frontline Solutions Inc., Pro Tek Telecoms Support Inc., SL Temps; St. Clair Security and Investigation Inc., and Trigold Security & Investigation Agency Incorporated as legitimate contractors. They have also immediately abided to settle unpaid monetary claims, wages, and benefits to their employees.