Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III reiterates the urgency of passing an “Anti-Endo” law, saying that a measure banning the hiring of workers for fixed-term arrangements or end of contract (endo) schemes should be considered “highest priority” before the May 2019 elections.
“Ensuring job security is one of the goals of the current administration. A law, a legal safeguard protecting workers from unreasonable job contractualization should be in place at the soonest possible time.”
Pimentel is one of the principal authors of Senate Bill 1826 or the “Security of Tenure and End of Endo Act of 2018,” which was certified as urgent by President Rodrigo Duterte last September 2018.
Duterte likewise signed Executive Order 51 prohibiting illegal contracting in workplaces in May last year.
“According to figures from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), there are around 200,000 listed contractual workers in the private sector, which I think is a conservative estimate compared to the actual numbers,” the lawmaker from Mindanao noted.
Pimentel added that contractualization was not limited to the private sector, pointing out that out of 2.4 million public sector employees, 592,162 are under job order (JO) contracts and contract of services (COS) or memorandum of agreement (MOA), and do not enjoy job security and benefits.
“It’s obvious from the various employment figures in and outside of government that job contractualization is an issue that needs to be addressed soonest since this runs counter to constitutional guarantees to security of tenure,” Pimentel said.
Pimentel acknowledged that ending endo was one of the commitments of the President that the Legislature had yet to deliver.
“Lawmaking takes time. Isa samgahindi pa naibigay ay ang anti-endo. Dapattuparinnatinangpangakongito ng Pangulo para sakapakanan ng atingmgamanggagawa.” (Source: 17th Congress)