Duterte cer­ti­fies an­tiENDO bill as ur­gent -Palace

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Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Roa Duterte has cer­ti­fied as ur­gent a bill seek­ing to pro­hibit laboronly con­tract­ing or “ENDO,” Mala­cañang an­nounced on Tues­day, Septem­ber 25.

Pres­i­den­tial Spokesper­son Harry Roque, Jr. said the Pres­i­dent is push­ing for the im­me­di­ate en­act­ment into law of Se­nate Bill No. 1826, or the Se­cu­rity of Ten­ure and End of Endo Act of 2018.

“Itong bersyon po ng Se­nado ay nag­babawal sa la­hat ng la­bor-only con­tract­ing at hindi po ini-ex­empt na itong mga con­trac­tor ay malaki ang kap­i­tal o maram­ing in­vest­ments,” he cited.

Roque was re­fer­ring to a pro­vi­sion in the ex­ist­ing La­bor Code al­low­ing the prac­tice of la­bor-only con­tract­ing among com­pa­nies with sub­stan­tial cap­i­tal or in­vest­ments, which could be in the form of tools, equip­ment, ma­chin­ery, or work premises.

“Ang po­sisyon po ng Pres­i­dente, sa loob ng ex­ist­ing La­bor Code, tina­pos na po niya ‘yung ENDO dahil pinapa-reg­u­lar­ize na po ‘yung mga em­p­leyado na hindi reg­u­lar sa mga kumpa­nyang pinag­ta­tra­bahuhan nila,” the Spokesper­son stressed.

“Pero may de­pensa po ta­laga ‘yung mga con­trac­tors at tsaka ‘yung mga em­ploy­ers, dahil ex­emp­tion sa ex­ist­ing law ‘yung mga kumpa­nya, ‘yung mga re­cruit­ing com­pa­nies na malaki ang kap­i­tal,” he added.

Roque said if passed into law, the anti-ENDO bill would pro­hibit any and all forms of la­bor-only con­tract­ing. It would also dis­al­low the in­di­rect hir­ing of em­ploy­ees by re­cruit­ment en­ti­ties, which means all em­ploy­ees would have to be ab­sorbed and reg­u­lar­ized by the com­pa­nies that di­rectly use their ser­vices.

“Ki­nakailan­gan mag­tra­baho ka na doon sa pinagseser­bisyuhan mo o ‘yung pina­pa­sukan mo at hindi na po pup­we­deng magka­roon ng mga la­bor re­cruit­ment en­ti­ties… There has to be em­ployer-em­ployee re­la­tion­ship be­tween the worker at ‘yung lu­gar na pinag­ta­tra­bahuhan,” the Cabi­net of­fi­cial stated.

On the other hand, the Spokesper­son clar­i­fied that com­pa­nies would still be al­lowed to hire em­ploy­ees on a fixed-term con­tract for “sea­sonal or project-based” ser­vices.

“Kasi for in­stance ‘yung mga con­tem­po­rary project na­man, may ipa­pa­gawa ka, ta­pos na ‘yung ba­hay, alan­gan na­mang mag­ing reg­u­lar em­ployee ka. So pupuwede po ‘yun, con­tracts for fixed ser­vices na gagawin po,” he ex­plained.

Roque, a former Kabayan Party-list Rep­re­sen­ta­tive, was the prin­ci­pal au­thor of House Bill No. 00916 or the Anti-Endo Act in Con­gress. His bill was con­sol­i­dated into House Bill No. 6908 or the Se­cu­rity of Ten­ure Bill and was ap­proved by the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives last Jan­uary 29.

‘Palace takes steps to ad­dress in­fla­tion’

Dur­ing the same press brief­ing, Mala­cañang as­sured the pub­lic that the ad­min­is­tra­tion is tak­ing con­crete steps to ad­dress the im­pact of in­fla­tion in the coun­try and to re­duce the prices of ba­sic food com­modi­ties.

“Gi­na­gawa po natin la­hat ‘yan. We’re in this to­gether at makikita na­man po natin na magkakare­sulta na la­hat po ng mga hak­bang na gi­na­gawa natin,” Sec­re­tary Roque stressed.

For one, he said the Pres­i­dent has signed Ad­min­is­tra­tive Order (AO) No. 13 re­mov­ing non-tar­iff bar­ri­ers and stream­lin­ing ad­min­is­tra­tive pro­ce­dures on the im­por­ta­tion of agri­cul­tural prod­ucts.

“Alin­sunod sa pan­gako ng at­ing Pres­i­dente na hindi siya matu­tu­log sa pan­si­tan sa ka­bila ng pag­taas ng presyo ng mga bil­i­hin lalo na ng mga pagkain, nag-isyu na po at epek­tibo na po ang isang [AO] No. 13 na ang ni­nanais po ay padaliin po ‘yung pros­eso ng pag-angkat ng ki­nakailan­gan nat­ing mga pagkain nang maibaba ang presyo ng mga bil­i­hin,” he cited.

The AO seeks to stream­line pro­ce­dures and re­quire­ments in the ac­cred­i­ta­tion of im­porters and min­i­mize the pro­cess­ing time of ap­pli­ca­tions for im­por­ta­tion. It also ex­empts traders that are al­ready ac­cred­ited from regis­tra­tion re­quire­ments.

Fur­ther­more, it seeks to fa­cil­i­tate the im­por­ta­tion of cer­tain agri­cul­tural prod­ucts be­yond their au­tho­rized Min­i­mum Ac­cess Vol­ume (MAV), and re­duce or re­move rel­a­tive fees to en­sure suf­fi­cient sup­ply and more af­ford­able prices of prod­ucts in the mar­kets.

AO No. 13 like­wise calls for mea­sures that would lib­er­al­ize the is­suance of per­mits and ac­cred­i­ta­tion of traders who want to im­port rice to break the mo­nop­oly, as well as to tem­po­rar­ily al­low di­rect but reg­u­lated im­por­ta­tion by sugar-us­ing in­dus­tries to lower their in­put costs.

“Ito na po ‘yung katu­paran doon sa sin­abi ng eco­nomic team na they will is­sue [or­ders] para ma­pa­bilis ‘yung pag­pa­sok ng mga in­aangkat na pagkain at para masig­u­rado ‘yung mas maa­gang de­liv­ery ng mga inangkat na pagkain sa merkado,” Roque said.

Apart from AO No. 13, the Palace of­fi­cial also an­nounced the is­suance of three Me­moran­dum Or­ders aimed at re­duc­ing food prices in the coun­try.

Me­moran­dum Order No. 26 di­rects the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture (DA) and the Depart­ment of Trade and In­dus­try (DTI) to adopt mea­sures re­duc­ing the gap be­tween far­m­gate prices and re­tail prices of agri­cul­tural prod­ucts.

Me­moran­dum Order No. 27, mean­while, di­rects the DA, Depart­ment of the In­te­rior and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment (DILG), Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP), and the Metro Manila De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (MMDA) to en­sure the ef­fi­cient and seam­less de­liv­ery of im­ported agri­cul­ture and fish­ery prod­ucts from the ports to lo­cal mar­kets.

Lastly, Me­moran­dum Order No. 28 di­rects the Na­tional Food Au­thor­ity (NFA) to im­me­di­ately re­lease ex­ist­ing rice stocks in its ware­houses.

“The agen­cies in­volved are given the obli­ga­tion to re­port within one month what steps they have taken… Monthly po itse-check ng Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary natin kung tu­mu­tu­pad ‘yung mga ahen­sya na pinag­bi­gyan ng gani­tong kau­tu­san,” Roque stressed. (PCO-Con­tent)

Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Roa Duterte, in his speech dur­ing the 3rd In­flam­ma­tory Bowel Dis­ease Clin­i­cal Fo­rum of the Asia Pa­cific As­so­ci­a­tion of Gas­troen­terol­ogy (APAGE) at Shangri-La’s Mac­tan Re­sort and Spa in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu on Septem­ber 21, 2018, re­it­er­ates that one of the pri­or­i­ties of his ad­min­is­tra­tion is to im­prove the health care ser­vices of the coun­try. ROBIN­SON NIÑAL JR./PRES­I­DEN­TIAL PHOTO

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