The labor department said that it will assist the 7,000 contractual workers of PLDT Inc. (PLDT) through a emergency employment program.
“In the meantime, as a form of assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE), we will provide them an emergency employment program,” Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said in a press briefing on Thursday, Aug. 2.
He said all the contractual workers of PLDT ” will be working for ten days and they will be paid for ten days.”
The DoLE secretary said that the Labor department “respects” the telco company’s words in PLDT’s Manifestation which was filed last July 24. In the Manifestation, PLDT questioned the “validity” of the Mr. Bello’s clarificatory order.
“We respect their decision on that . They have their lawyers and they give them all the legal assistance they can provide,” Mr. Bello said.
He added, “But we have a DoLE procedure and that Clarificatory (Order) is very clear that the employees, referring to the 7,000 workers, are regular employees of PLDT (and)not the service provider.” — Gillian M. Cortez