Now, there are only four numbers you need to remember as a Pinoy employee: 1349. That number connects you to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), anytime of the day or night, for any concerns you may have regarding your employment. OFWs, on the other hand, may call 800-8888-1349 for toll-free access to the same hotline.
The DOLE hotline is ready to accept callers’ labor-related concerns: from compensation and benefits, to rights and privileges, working conditions, labor relations, and post-employment issues. Whether they are complaining or submitting a suggestion or proposal, the hotline is open to hear them out and provide assistance, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
It may also serve as a help desk for people who wish to report labor-related crimes such as illegal recruitment, child labor, illegitimate contractualization, and poor working conditions.
This is the department’s response to the government’s tall order to eradicate the plight of Filipino workers, here and abroad, starting off with the campaign to abolish contractualization. Apart from that, the nation is also in anticipation of the Anti-age Discrimination Bill’s enactment into law. When passed, this will prohibit employers from making the applicant’s age as a qualification for him to be considered for a job position. The President also promised to remove the “Provincial Salary Rate”, seen as one of the major reasons why people from the provinces flock to Manila, believing they will find better earning opportunities in NCR.
Now that the 1349 labor hotline has been launched, citizens are given a channel to air their grievances, from the convenience and privacy of their homes, with the assurance that it shall be received and reviewed by the DOLE.
No need to wait for Labor Day.