On Labor Day, Duterte asks lawmakers to 'fully protect' workers

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 01 2019 10:06 AM | Updated as of May 01 2019 10:09 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte speaks at a PDP-Laban campaign rally in Tuguegarao City on April 16, 2019. On Labor Day, Duterte urged Congress to 'fully protect' workers' rights. Karl Norman Alonzo, Presidential Photo

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte urged Congress Wednesday to pass measures that would "fully protect" the rights of workers as the country marked Labor Day.

Duterte, who promised during the 2016 campaign to stop "endo," cited pending legislation on "security of tenure and right to self-organization."

"Endo" refers to the cyclical hiring and firing of workers to avoid granting them regular employee status with full benefits. On Labor Day last year, Duterte signed an executive order enforcing the prohibition against illegal contracting and sub-contracting.

"May this solemn observance inspire all of us to work together in improving the plight of our workers by creating an environment conducive to their personal and professional growth and development," he said in a statement.

Labor groups, unsatisfied with the EO against "endo," set protest marches on Wednesday to press for the eradication of all forms of job contractualization.