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Duterte to possibly sign EO on ‘endo’ before May 1 — Malacañang

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, April 16th, 2018

President Rodrigo Duterte is likely to sign the executive order (EO) on contractualization before Labor Day. (Photo Courtesy: RTVM)

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announced on Monday that President Rodrigo Duterte is likely to sign the executive order (EO) on contractualization before Labor Day or May 1 as this remains a priority of the Duterte administration.

“The president wants it as soon as possible. We all know that Labor Day is May 1 so I would think that it will come out on or before May 1,” Roque said.

However, Malacañang couldn’t confirm whether or not the President met with the labor groups today which was also reportedly canceled. — UNTV News & Rescue

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“ENDO” Bill to face intense debate in Senate – SP Pimentel

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, April 20th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III (UNTV News)

Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel believes that the passage of an anti-ENDO law will go through heated debate at the Senate plenary.

“It must be really that controversial na mahirap ipasa (that it’s difficult to pass), but we will still try kasi priority yan (because it’s a priority),” he said.

Pimentel added that some investors have expressed concern over the provisions of the new legislation and might opt to leave the country should the new labor policy gets tough.

“May the best argument win na. Depende na iyon kung ma-convince ang majority ng legislators, we will not have a law. Kapag hindi nila ma-convince then we will have a law, then umalis na lang sila, kung gusto nilang umalis,” says Pimentel.

(May the best argument win. It depends, if majority of legislators will be convinced, we will not have a law. If they will not be convinced, then we will have a law. If that happens, they can leave if they want to leave.)

The Senate President said they will consult Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on the issue to know what the labor sector really needs captured by law.

The Anti-ENDO Bill was submitted to the Senate in January pending deliberation in the plenary.

Currently, there are two versions of the law in the Senate.

Senator Joel Villanueva, in his version, emphasizes stricter labor policy. He seeks to simplify classification between a regular and under probation employee as well as equal treatment among project-based or seasonal employees with the regular ones. His version of the bill also bans the so-called “labor only” or “manpower contracting” practices.

The bill also imposes heavier penalties for employers who will violate its provisions. — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue

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Bello: bill on ‘endo’ will have heavier penalties

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, April 20th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III

MANILA, Philippines — Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III assuaged concerns of labor groups following the non-signing of an executive order on contractualization by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Bello said workers will be much protected in the proposed bill.

“Medyo mabigat lang iyong (It has more weight on the) issue of the penalty which could not be provided for in the proposed executive order because only Congress can impose penalty,” he said.

On Thursday, Malacañang announced that instead of signing an EO, President Duterte will certify as a priority bill Senate Bill No. 1116 or the “End of Endo Act.”

However, the decision dismayed labor groups.

Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) President Alan Tanjusay still insisted that the Chief Executive sign the EO “to serve as a policy guidance to the faith and direction of the security of Tenure Bill now pending in Congress.”

Following the decision, labor groups are brewing a massive protest on Saturday, April 21.

Nevertheless, the Labor Secretary assured that the President has prepared something for the workers on Labor Day. — Aiko Miguel |UNTV News & Rescue

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Duterte to attend 32nd ASEAN Summit in Singapore

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, April 20th, 2018

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the Philippine National Police (PNP) Change of Command Ceremony at Camp BGen. Rafael Crame in Quezon City on April 19, 2018, reassures the entire police force that his administration will continue to enhance their capabilities, modernize their equipment, promote their welfare and take care of their families. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

President Rodrigo Duterte is set to attend the 32nd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Singapore next week.

Singapore is this year’s ASEAN chair led by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

The event, which will be held from April 25 -28, will bring together leaders of the ASEAN member states to discuss various regional and international issues. — UNTV News & Rescue

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