PLDT Not Seeking Compromise Agreement Over Regularization Issue

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PLDT said today it has not sought a compromise agreement regarding the ongoing dispute with the Department of Labor and Employment over the regularization of the employees of its service contractors.

In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange on Monday, PLDT also clarified that it has not met with Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III.

PLDT also highlighted the key points of the ruling by the Court of appeals, which include granting PLDT’s prayer for an injunction against the DOLE regularization orders.

The CA also set aside the regularization orders insofar as these declared that there was labor-only contracting of the following functions: janitorial services, messengerial, and clerical services; information technology firms and services; IT support services, both hardware and software, and applications development; back office support and office operations; business process outsourcing or call centers, among others.

The court also sustained PLDT’s contention that the Bello’s regularization order was “tainted with grave abuse of discretion” because it did not meet the “substantial evidence” standards set out by the Supreme Court in landmark jurisprudence.

On August 20, PLDT filed a motion seeking a partial reconsideration of that part of the CA decision, which ordered a remand to the Office of the Regional Director of the DOLE-National Capital Region of the matter of the regularization of individuals performing installation, repair, and maintenance services.

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In its motion, PLDT argued that the fact-finding process contemplated by the court’s remand order is not actually part of the visitorial power of the DOLE and is therefore outside the jurisdiction of the Secretary of Labor.

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