By Samuel Medenilla
President Rodrigo Duterte will first consult with labor groups and employers before issuing a new Executive Order (EO) on contractualization.
Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III issued the clarification after labor groups said they are set to meet with Duterte on May 10 to present their draft EO, which will ban all forms of contractualization.
“He said to them, you come up with you own department order. And then you give it Sec. Bello then he will study it. If it is viable we would consider, but give us time,” Bello said.
Bello confirmed that Duterte has asked labor groups during their Labor Day dialogue in Davao City last Monday to submit their draft EO, but he noted the president said he will also consult other stakeholder on the same matter.
“He wants also to consult the management to see if they could comply with it,” Bello said during a press conference in Manila.
This is in line with Duterte’s announcement in his Labor Day message that he will issue a new EO, which will ban end of contract or more popularly known as endo, an illegal form of contractualization, wherein workers are repeatedly dismissed and rehired by their employers to avoid their regularization.
Bello said the EO is “not necessary” since this already covered in the Labor Code and by DOLE’s recently implemented Department Order 174.
“But the President wanted this to underscore the need to fully implement (our campaign against) endo,” Bello said.