Labor dept drafts new 'security of tenure' bill to stop 'endo'


Posted at Jan 09 2020 11:53 AM | Updated as of Jan 09 2020 12:00 PM

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MANILA – The Department of Labor and Employment said Thursday it drafted a new bill against "endo" or illegal contractualization, after President Rodrigo Duerte vetoed an earlier version of the measure.

On Duterte's orders, the DOLE submitted the draft Security of Tenure bill to Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, which will be forwarded to Congress when sessions resume this month, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III told ANC’s Headstart. 

Duterte in July vetoed the original version of the bill citing a potential decline in available jobs, his spokesman Salvador Panelo had said.

Duterte is seeking “delicate balance” between the interest of employers and workers.

Under the updated bill, hiring seasonal and project-based employees are legal under the LJC scheme or “legitimate job contracting,” Bello said. 

“Yung contractual employees happen only when it is a legal contractual arrangement and this is when you need only seasonal workers for a certain season and workers for a certain project. Those are the instances where you can outsource employees. Other than that you have to have your regular employees,” he said. 

Stopping “endo” is part of Duterte’s campaign promise. The President in 2018 signed an executive order prohibiting illegal contracting and sub-contracting.