Duterte may sign order vs ‘endo’ on Labor Day

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte may sign an executive order (EO) banning contractualization or “endo” by Labor Day, Malacañang said on Monday.

In a news briefing, Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. said Duterte wanted the EO “as soon as possible.”

NO ENDO IN SIGHT Activists hold a protest in front of the Department of Labor and Employment office in Manila to press for the signing of an executive order banning the practice of ‘endo’ or end of contract, five-month renewable contracts issued to workers so that employers will not have to regularize them on the sixth month under the law. PHOTO BY DJ DIOSINA

“I would think that they would want a significant EO like this to be issued in connection with another commemoration giving, recognizing the value of the labor sector in our society, which is Labor Day,” Roque said.

The statement came after Associated Labor Union-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines spokesman Alan Tanjusay told The Manila Times that the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) had advised them that the group’s meeting with Duterte was cancelled.


Tanjusay said the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) “strong objections” on the draft EO forced the postponement for the third time.

Roque, however, said that Malacañang cancelled the meeting “possibly” because a final version of the EO, a tripartite document, had yet to be agreed upon by labor, management and the government.

“I do not know [why a final version has yet to come out]but what I do know is that the President is rather restive. He has mentioned to me personally that this is a campaign promise that he wants to deliver to the people very soon,” Roque said.

Roque also said that the EO would greatly favor the labor groups.

“I would suppose, because it is a promise that the President gave, that it would be an EO that would side with the labor forces,” Roque said.

Roque also said that he did not find the meeting with the labor group in Duterte’s appointments calendar.

“Endo,” or end of contract, means five-month renewable contracts issued to workers so that employers will not have to regularize them on the sixth month under the law.

In February, Duterte said that a compromise would be the most feasible way to address “endo.”

“Don’t make it hard for [business owners]to run the business the way they like it because that’s their money, so something of a compromise must be [agreed upon], maybe acceptable to everybody,” Duterte said in remarks during the inauguration of the Armscor Shooting Range in Davao on February 26.

Last year, DoLE issued Department Order 174, which banned labor-only contracting.

However, labor groups criticized the order because it still allowed certain types of contractualization.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd said that what Duterte meant by “terminating contractualization” was banning “unlawful, illegitimate contractualization.”

Bello also said that the total ban on contractualization was “impossible to implement” because the law allowed some exceptions.

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