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MANILA, Philippines — The Office of the Executive Secretary is now carefully studying three draft executive orders (EO) in relation to the total prohibition of contractualization.
According to Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra, it will be hard for the government to execute an EO that will completely end contractualization at this time.
“The main problem there is yung mga gustong mangyari ay (what they want to happen is) something that the executive department is not empowered to do. Kailangan legislative action talaga (It really needs legislative action),” said the official.
Guevarra added that a law from Congress is also needed to formally end contractualization.
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) agrees to this, although Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III believes that achieving a total ban on contractualization is still far-fetched since there are jobs which require temporary employees only.
“It is not possible to totally prohibit contractual arrangement kasi meron talaga (because there really are), by nature of their work, na temporary lang sila (temporary workers only),” said the labor secretary.
“May season na may dagsaan, dadating ang napakaraming customers. ‘Di ba like for example, Christmas. ‘Di ba kailangan mong additional sales girls, so what do you do? You outsource. Kumuha ka from an agency ng mga sales girls,” said Bello.
(There are peak seasons when so many customers come in. Like for example, during Christmas season you will need additional sales girls. So, what do you do? You outsource. You get sales girls from agencies.)
The labor department said that 30-40 percent of workers in the country are still under contractual arrangements.
Even some labor groups seem to have a new perspective on the matter as Associated Labor Union-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) agreed to the government’s proposal.
“Malabo talaga ‘yung total ban on contractualization. Totoo ‘yan kung kaya’t iyong mga labor groups ay umatras na doon sa posisyon na total ban,” said ALU-TUCP spokesperson Alan Tanjusay.
(A total ban on contractualization would be difficult. It’s true, that’s why some labor groups have retracted from their earlier position on total ban.)
“Ang kasalukuyang nakahain na executive draft order kay Pangulong Duterte ay hindi total ban on contractualization, kundi, nagbibigay espasyo, pagbibigay ng pagkakataon sa mga employers at business owners na kumuha pa ng mga contractual o mga ‘endo’ workers,” explained Tanjusay.
(The current executive draft order presented to President Duterte is not total ban on contractualization but one that allows employers and business owners the opportunity to hire more contractual or “endo” workers.) — Mai Bermudez | UNTV News & Rescue