THE Chief Executive certified many priority bills as urgent, but labor contractualization is not among them, according to the Labor secretary.
Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III admitted this on Wednesday, saying that the Endo bill, which remains pending at the Senate and the House of Representatives, was not among those measures that are on the agenda of the Philippine Congress.
It was for this reason that Bello claimed that he had formally asked President Rodrigo Duterte to certify as urgent a bill that seeks to end labor contractualization in the country.
“I just signed the letter addressed to the President recommending the issuance of the certification to certify ‘yong ating Endo bill pending before the Senate,” Bello said in a statement.
Bello’s statement came after Presidential Legislative Liaison Office Undersecretary Jacinto Paras said the anti-endo bill was not among the priority measures for Duterte’s last year in office.
Duterte in 2016 vowed to stop “endo” or “end of contract,” a practice in which some employers end contracts on the fifth month and renew it for 5 months at a time to avoid granting workers regular employee status.
“‘Yan ay isa sa mga pangako ng Pangulo, ‘yong Endo bill na ‘yan. As early as 2019, nag-certify na siya ng endo bill sa Kongreso,” Bello said.
“Ang problema, maraming mga labor group na nagpo-protesta, at ayaw daw nila ‘yong Endo bill that was passed by Congress. On that basis, vineto ng ating Pangulo,” he added.
But Bello noted that the current Endo bill pending in Congress is not “substantially different” from the measure that Duterte vetoed in 2019.