MANILA - The executive order against labor contractualization recently signed by President Duterte is "useless", a lawmaker said Friday.
On Labor Day, Duterte signed Executive Order 51 stopping illegal contractualization, a move criticized by labor groups.
"It's a useless executive order because you're prohibiting what is already prohibited. Jurisprudence and labor laws already prohibit [that]," Akbayan party-list Rep. Tom Villarin told ANC's Headstart.
"There should be a policy pronouncement that direct hiring should be the norm," he said.
Villarin also slammed Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III for not fully banning contractualization.
"The Labor Code right now gives the secretary the power to prohibit or restrict labor contracting but hindi ginagawa ng secretary of labor," he said.
"Ang gusto sana nating policies direct hiring meaning that all jobs should be presumed regular jobs. Employees go through a probationary period and after 6 months of probationary period, they should be hired as regular employees," he added.
Bello had ordered several fast food chains to regularize about 7,000 workers, but said that some industries "there are certain services that can be the subject of a contractual arrangement."