TUGUEGARAO CITY, PHILIPPINES– Cagayan Third District Representative and House chairman on Committee on Labor and Employment Randy Ting said the bill aiming to end the labor contractualization or “endo” is possible before the midterm elections in 2019.
In an interview, Ting told The Northern Forum that they are set to finish the public consultation process by end of May so his committee could for a Technical Working Group to “consolidate” the information and recommendations.
Ting said the final version of the bill will be submitted for plenary discussions before December this year.
President Rodrigo Duterte have tasked Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III in heading the bid to stop labor contractualization.
“Pipilitin naming matapos ang public hearing this May. Dalawang magkasunod na public hearing, kung sufficient na yung na-gather naming information, mag form na kami ng Technical Working Group,” Ting said.
Ting also said they asked the companies to explain why they are practicing labor contractualization , since they have talked to almost all the labor groups.
In an earlier press briefing in the House of Representatives, Ting said the “Endo” bill remains a hot issue in the House.
“As we speak, the hottest issue on the local labor front remains to be the clamor to end the phenomenon of labor contractualization or the so-called ‘endo’,” he said.
He said that his committee received 174 bills already, some of which call for the elimination of “endo” or the practice of limiting employment to less than six months.
“We are presently holding public consultations on these bills, guided by the salutary purpose of protecting employee’s welfare and rights giving the benefits due to workers and ensuring the survival of businesses. Of course, the solution that we are seeking must be tilted in favor of our Filipino workforce,” he added. Northernforum.net