The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has ordered the management of Yazaki-Torres Manufacturing Inc. in Calamba, Laguna to regularize close to 5,000 of its workers after its contractor, Kabalikat sa Hanapbuhay Multi-Purpose Cooperative, was found to be a labor-only contractor.

Based on the compliance order issued by DOLE Regional Office IV-A Director Zenaida Angara-Campita, Yazaki-Torres Manufacturing Inc. was found to be engaged in labor-only contracting arrangement and the Kabalikat sa Hanapbuhay Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Sto. Tomas, Batangas, was found to be a labor-only contractor.

The principal employer Yazaki-Torres Manufacturing Inc. is engaged in manufacturing, production, and assembly of wiring harness and related products. Kabalikat is its contractor.

The DOLE, through its Labor Laws Compliance Officer (LLCO), initially conducted joint assessment at Yazaki and its contractor last February and March where a number of violations were found.

Yazaki was found to be contracting out jobs, work, and service with an in-house agency that does not have substantial capital or investments in the form of tools, equipment and machinery. It was also proven to be engaged in prohibited practices, such as hiring of employees under a training modality called Barangay Assistance Training Program (BATP).

The labor inspectors were also able to establish that Kabalikat was a labor-only contractor because it does not have control over the performance of its workers since Yazaki provides the directives and instructions to the workers. DOLE also found that the contractor is operating with an expired D.O. 18-A registration.

DOLE ordered Yazaki-Torres Manufacturing Inc. President Feliciano Torres to regularize its 4,970 workers from the Kabalikat sa Hanapbuhay Multi-Purpose Cooperative in accordance with Articles 294 of the Labor Code of the Philippines, as amended by D.O. No. 18-A, series of 2011.

Yazaki and Kabalikat were also required to return and reimburse within ten days with the presence of a DOLE representative, illegally deducted wages from the workers with a total amount of P19,601,680.00.

In addition, DOLE ordered Yazaki-Torres Manufacturing Inc. to cease from hiring and employing workers under 18 years old pursuant to Section 6 (Hazardous work and activities) of D.O. No. 149, series of 2016.

Kabalikat sa Hanapbuhay, meanwhile, was delisted from the DOLE's roster of legitimate contractor and its president Fidel Ablasin ordered to refrain from engaging in labor contracting and sub-contracting activities.

Source: Department Of Labor and Employment Republic of Philippines