It was quite timely that on Labor Day this year, that our policy makers sig-nified their seriousness in making a second look, or a review of the Labor Code not only to update its provisions but also towards the realization of stopping the endo or the contractualization of labor.
.As early as last year, the President has already certified as urgent a proposed law against contractualization or “endo” (end of contract) arrangements.
This is so “in order to strengthen workers’ security of tenure by prohibiting the prevalent practices of contractualization and labor-only contracting which continue to immerse our workers in endless poverty and underemployment.”
You can see this mal practice done almost anywhere. This process of circumventing security of tenure of labor wherein after the fifth month instead of regularizing the employee after the sixth month, the contract with many workers end on the 5th month and all kinds of excuses are made by management including those of a slow economy, labor retrenching, losing business, you name it they have all the excuses. It is about time endo must end and with finality hopefully this year.
But In addition, there had also been many pro-labor laws that have been enacted during the term of the present administration of PPRD/
Among others, are Republic Act 11165 also known as the Telecommuting Act, a bill that allows private sector employees to work from home, which has been signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte on January 10, 2019.
The new law seeks to uphold work-life balance among Filipino employees and to address the traffic congestion especially in Metro Manila, so that workers can legitimately work at home to save time and money.
Also, last February 20, 2019, President Duterte signed into law an act that grants 105 days of paid maternity leave to all working mothers with an option to extend their leaves for another 30 days without pay. In addition, the law allows a total of 7 out of the 105 days of maternity leave to be transferred to the father, further extending a fathers’ paid paternity leave to 14 days.
It is our hope that the labor sector starting this year will find the brighter light of day after the enactment of these three major labor laws, plus hopefully this year the end of contractualization or the controversial end of contract arrangements or “endo.”