Worker-friendly con­trac­tu­al­iza­tion pol­icy seen by La­bor Day

Sun.Star Pampanga - - NATION! -

PRES­I­DENT Ro­drigo Duterte may sign an ex­ec­u­tive or­der (EO) on la­bor con­trac­tu­al­iza­tion on or be­fore May 1, La­bor Day, Mala­cañang said Mon­day, April 16.

Pres­i­den­tial Spokesper­son Harry Roque Jr. said the Pres­i­dent re­mains com­mit­ted to ful­fill­ing his cam­paign prom­ise to come up with an EO "that will side with the la­bor forces."

Roque said Duterte was "restive," as he made a vow to put an end to any un­law­ful form of con­trac­tu­al­iza­tion un­der his watch.

"I know that the Pres­i­dent is rather restive about this EO. He has men­tioned to me per­son­ally that it is a cam­paign prom­ise that he wants to de­liver to the peo­ple very soon," the pres­i­den­tial spokesper­son said in a press con­fer­ence.

"The Pres­i­dent wants it as soon as pos­si­ble. We all know that La­bor Day is May 1 so I would think that it will come out on or be­fore May 1," he added.

Roque's lat­est re­mark dis­pelled re­ports that Duterte would sign the EO on con­trac­tu­al­iza­tion on April 16.

On April 14, la­bor group As­so­ci­ated La­bor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philip­pines raised the pos­si­bil­ity that the Pres­i­dent would sign the fi­nal ver­sion of the EO end­ing con­trac­tu­al­iza­tion on April 16, in a bid to live up to his pledge to push for the reg­u­lar­iza­tion of con­trac­tual em­ploy­ees.

Roque said the sup­posed sign­ing of the EO did not ma­te­ri­al­ize be­cause the govern­ment and la­bor groups may have failed to agree on a "fi­nal ver­sion" of the doc­u­ment.

"I can only sur­mise that the fi­nal ver­son of the EO has not been agreed upon by both la­bor man­age­ment and govern­ment," he said.

Duterte was ini­tially ex­pected to sign by March 15 an EO that would pro­hibit the un­fair prac­tice of short-term and un­pro­tected tem­po­rary work ar­range­ments be­tween em­ploy­ers and work­ers.

He, how­ever, failed to meet the tar­get date of sign­ing the EO.

Mala­cañang had ad­mit­ted that Duterte's pro­posed EO would not to­tally pro­hibit con­trac­tu­al­iza­tion be­cause of its "lim­i­ta­tions." It had stressed that only Congress can stop the il­le­gal prac­tice of con­trac­tu­al­iza­tion by draft­ing a mea­sure that would amend the coun­try's La­bor Code.

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