MANILA, Philippines — Contractualization will be prohibited if the Security of Tenure Bill will be passed into law.
The bill has already passed the third and final reading and is just awaiting its Senate version.
Akbayan party-list Representative Tom Villarin said that this will benefit around two million Filipinos who are now employed under the contractualization scheme.
This includes construction workers, sales representatives in malls, waiters in hotels and restaurants and security guards.
But it exempts Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW), relievers and seasonal workers like farm workers.
“Even if paputol-putol yung trabaho mo basta lampas 6 months ay automatic kang magiging regular,” said Villarin.
(Even if you’ve been working on and off as long as it’s over 6 months, you are automatically regularized.)
Ronie is one of those who are hoping to be a regular employee.
“We keep moving from one job to another, it’s difficult, ” he said.
Even teachers who are still on probation will also benefit from the said bill.
“Sinasabi nila, ‘O, teacher kailangan mong i-train pa ng 2 years, probationary period ng 2 years.’ Ngayon bawal na ho yan,” said Villarin.
(They say teachers should be under a probationary period of two years. It’s not allowed anymore.)
The Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP), however, said that companies might opt to directly recruit employees and reduce contracting with manpower pooling providers.
“They will push for more productivity and automation,” said Donald Dee, the acting president of ECOP.
The Associated Labor Unions (ALU)-TUCP, on the other hand, supports the passage of the bill but they are also drafting an executive order that will be presented to President Rodrigo Duterte in their dialogue in February.
The group said that the proposed EO will be stricter in prohibiting the practice of contractualization.
“Sa tingin namin ay mas mataas ang kalidad ng kanilang buhay kung gagawing regular ni Pangulong Duterte yung mga magtatrabaho dito sa Build, Build, Build,” said ALU-TUCP spokesperson Alan Tanjusay.
(We believe the quality of life of people who would be working under the Build, Build, Build program of the government will improve if President Rodrigo will regularize them.)
The group will also ask the president for a P500 subsidy for minimum wage earners to minimize the impact of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue