IRIGA City, Camarines Sur: Partido Galing at Puso presidential candidate Grace Poe promised Friday to put an end to the so-called endo, an unfair labor practice by some employers that denies security of tenure guaranteed by the Constitution.
Speaking to her supporters here, Poe said that if elected, she will not only create more jobs for the Filipinos but will also put a stop to endo, a colloquial term for “end of contract” or when the six-month contract of an employee ends.
This contractual policy being practiced by some employers, particularly mall owners, enables them to circumvent labor laws and deny workers from attaining regular employment and security of tenure.
As for her promise of making quality education more affordable and accessible, Poe said she will support the extension of the University of the Philippines (UP) system to Bicol because there are many bright minds in the province.
Since she started in public service, the senator said she has been surrounded by bright minds from Bicol. Four of the six vice presidential candidates are from the region. Even her running mate, Sen. Francis Escudero, is from Bicol, particularly in Sorsogon province.
The University of the Philippines is the country’s premier state university and ranks among the best in Asia. The UP system has 15 campuses all over the country with over 50,000 students.
If Poe wins, her “Gobyernong may Puso” (Government With Heart) would allocate 20 percent of the national budget for priority social services, which include education.
Under a Poe presidency, indigent students would no longer pay tuition in all state universities and colleges (SUCs). Should they wish to pursue college education in a private institution, the government will give them vouchers or grants under the “study now, pay later” scheme.
Poe said this is part of her commitment to fully implement the Unified Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education (UniFAST) law, which seeks to harmonize all publicly funded national government programs for scholarships, grants and student loans. This ensures that all Filipino students are given equitable access to quality education. JEFFERSON ANTIPORDA