By Hannah Torregoza
Reelectionist Senator Paolo “Bam” Aquino IV said he is prepared to vote for the measure that seeks to end contractualization prevailing in the labor sector but the bill has yet to be reported out in the plenary.
Aquino disclosed this during the Harapan 2019, the ABS-CBN Senatorial Town Hall Debates, where senatorial bets in the May 2019 midterm elections, were asked about their views on contractualization.
Aquino, who is running under the “Otso Diretso” opposition slate, and one of the authors of the “Security of Tenure” bill pending in the Senate said the upper chamber is doing its best to pursue its approval on third and final reading and eventual passage into law in May.
“Handa na po akong bumoto dito para tapusin ang endo sa ating bansa, pero hindi pa siya lumalabas sa plenaryo (I am ready to vote on this to put an end to ‘endo’ here in our country, but it has yet to be reported out in plenary),” Aquino said.
He said it is also important to note that the Senate version also does away with contractualization practices in government offices.
“Hindi lang sa pribadong sector; Kelangan mawala na rin ang ‘endo’ sa gobyerno, (it’s not only in the private sector; contractualization in government should also stop),” he said.
If it fails to pass in the Senate when they resume in May, Aquino said he will refile the bill and pursue its passage in the 18th Congress.
The Security of Tenure bill or Senate Bill No. 1826 , is one of the measures certified as urgent by President Rodrigo Duterte.
The bill remains pending second reading approval, but has been endorsed by the Senate committee on labor, employment and human resources development which is chaired by Sen. Joel Villanueva. #MatalinongBoto2019