By Vanne Terrazola
Senator Joel Villanueva said he is hoping that the Duterte administration will still consider as a priority the refiled measure ending the abusive practice of worker contractualization or “endo”.
The proposed Security of Tenure bill was not included in the executive department’s priority list as revealed after the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) meet on Monday.
The list included at least 22 measures mostly mentioned by President Rodrigo Duterte in his State of the Nation Address last July 25, Senate leaders said.
Despite non-inclusion of his pet bill, Villanueva said he will still push for the passage of the “anti-endo” measure in Senate and hope that the President will certify this anew as urgent later on.
“We are determined to pursue the Security of Tenure bill because our workers deserve to fully realize their long-sought-after right to Security of Tenure as guaranteed by the Constitution,” Villanueva said in a statement issued Monday night.
“Despite not getting the priority at the LEDAC at this time, we hope and pray that the administration will certify our bill as urgent, just as it did in the previous Congress, in the future meetings of the LEDAC,” he added.
Villanueva had filed Senate Bill 806 which was similar as the enrolled Security of Tenure bill vetoed by the President.
The chair of the Senate labor committee and sponsor of the measure admitted he was hurt by the administration’s rejection of the measure.
Senate President Vicente Sotto III and Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri, meanwhile, have committed to prioritize the Security of Tenure bill, and submit to the LEDAC as one of the chamber’s priorities.
Sotto said the executive department was open to expand its list of urgent measures.
A small LEDAC, which would include Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, will convene again on August 27.