The Labor Department still has contractual workers in its ranks despite its campaign to end labor only contractualization or “endo.”

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III confirmed that  of the 6300 man workforce of the department nationwide, 686 or roughly 10% are job order workers, the equivalent of  contractual workers in the public sector.

upon questionning by ACT Teachers Party List Rep. Antonio Tinio, Bello said they would have wanted to regularize these workers but there are budgetary constraints. “kung pwede lang sana bakit hindi but we are aware of the budegtary constraints its not so easy to create plantilla positions”

Bello however clarified that these workers do not stay more than a year. “di naman lahat puro job order dahil walang plantilla positions kungdi walang sufficient eligbility walang nagtatagal na Job order na more than one year.”

Ending “endo” has been a campaign promise of President Duterte, one which his critics have repeatedly said he failed to deliver.

The DOLE suffered a cut in its budget for 2018 compared to its 2017 budget. it’s budget for 2018 as approved by the department of budget is 10.8B, down from 2017’s 11.43B.

The biggest cut appears to be in the Office of the Secretary while attached agencies POEA and NMP also suffered some cuts.

The cut in the 2018 budget of the office of the secretary is because of the exclusion of the emergency and livelihood assistance for displaced workers and resettlement sites which are present in the 2017 budget.