MANILA – The measure which seeks to strengthen employees’ security of tenure in the private sector and to put an end to contractualization is poised to lapse into law next week, according to Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo.
Panelo said President Rodrigo Duterte might not sign the measure yet since there were many documents for the President to sign and review.
“The problem with these bills as he explained it, there are so many documents he has to sign. And at the same time, he has so many activities that he has to attend to out-of-town trips, he visits one place and then another place,” Panelo said.
“Meanwhile, documents pile up kaya kung minsan hindi niya nakikita iyong iba,” he added. “The President is always appreciative and considerate on whatever opposition or concerns raised by any sector in this country relative to any bill passed in Congress and subject to his signature or veto.”
The ratified version of the anti-endo bill was transmitted to Malacañang for Duterte’s signature on June 27. It will automatically lapse into law 30 days after it was forwarded by the Congress.
The measure states that employees will be directly hired by companies and not through labor-only contracting agencies. Should employees remain under the supervision of these agencies, the company would have to absorb them or regularize them.
It added all employees, except those under probationary, are deemed regular, including project and seasonal employees. The services of any employee cannot be terminated without just and unauthorized cause./PN