Duterte may still sign EO on contractualization - Palace

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 30 2018 02:48 PM

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte may still sign an executive order against contractualization, the Palace said Monday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte might make his final decision after a meeting with Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III Monday evening.

“I can confirm there might be an EO that may or may not be signed depending on their meeting tonight,” Roque said in a press briefing.

Roque announced this nearly two weeks after he and Bello said the executive department would no longer issue an executive order to stop "end of contract" scheme or endo in favor of legislation at the Senate, which the President will certify as a priority.

Labor groups had expected Duterte to sign an executive issuance on or before the Labor Day celebrations on May 1 to fulfill his campaign promise to workers.

Bello, however, had said Duterte decided not to pursue the EO after consultations with him and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea. He said the government will instead back the security of tenure bill pending at the Senate.

Some labor groups were not pleased with the government’s decision, accusing the President of reneging on his campaign promise.

Under the security of tenure bill, employees hired for an indefinite period will be deemed regular once the 6-month probationary period is over. 

Labor groups had decried the practice of some employers to end contracts on the fifth month and renew it for 5 months a time to avoid granting workers regular employee status.