The Henry Sy-owned SM Supermalls has regularized its 11,660 workers this year, according to Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Monday, December 17.
During a press briefing, the labor secretary explained that the workers included in SM’s regularization program used to be contractual employees under manpower agencies. The said workers were regularized from January to September 2018.
Bello also added that part of the 4,800 SM workers based in Metro Manila was regularized, followed by Calabarzon with 2,865 workers, and Mimaropa with 1,476 workers, while the rest came from different regions.
Meanwhile, one of the famous fast food chains in the country, Jollibee also regularized at least 1,000 workers this year and has committed more for next year.
“Our response was they should regularize more than 1,000 workers because DOLE expects more from you. They said they will do more next year to accommodate the request of the workers and the DOLE,” Bello said.
According to DOLE, a total of 411,449 workers have been regularized this year.
Under the Department Order (DO) No. 174, DOLE treats contractors which do not have substantial capital for tools or work premises as labor-only contractors. It also prohibits direct supervision by the principal company over agency workers, as well as requiring agency workers to perform jobs being done by regular employees of the principal company.