THE national government must help workers adversely affected by the nationwide campaign against illegal contractualization practices.
An estimated 250,000 workers are believed employed under the “endo” scheme that circumvents the law mandating employers to regularize workers.
Thus, it is certainly heartening to note that the government has allotted an initial P200 million for workers who will be displaced as a result of the campaign.
Through the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the government has readied a package of services that will enable affected workers to start a livelihood enterprise and become self-employed.
They undergo skills training as part of government efforts to upgrade their competencies for other jobs.
They will be trained on business management, entrepreneurship and production skills to help them manage their own business.
Displaced workers will undergo training under the watchful eyes of experts from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, formerly known as the National Manpower and Youth Council.
“The livelihood assistance is aimed at helping the displaced employees to have a sustainable self-employment through easy-to-learn livelihood undertakings,” said DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III.
Like other well-meaning Filipinos, we support government programs and projects designed to develop world-class skilled workers not only in the metropolis but throughout the country.
Skilled workers from the Philippines, one of the world’s major manpower exporters, are in great demand overseas because of their honesty, loyalty and other sterling qualities.
And although the government may not succeed in wiping out contractualization, it is determined to uplift the living conditions of the workingman in this impoverished Southeast Asian nation.