The Philippine Star

Security of tenure bill gets House nod

- – Delon Porcalla, Mayen Jaymalin

The House of Representa­tives has approved on third and final reading a bill that seeks to strengthen the security of tenure of workers in the private sector and put an end to labor-only contractin­g.

Lawmakers voted 204-7 with three abstention­s on Tuesday, affirming their stamp of approval to House Bill 7036 or the Security of Tenure Act, which requires job contractor­s to obtain a permit from the Department of Labor and Employment.

“I’m glad that the bill has been passed because this is one of the campaign promises of President Duterte,” Rep. Enrico Pineda of party-list 1Pacman, who chairs the House committee on labor, said.

One of the principal authors of the bill, Rep. Michael Edgar Aglipay of party-list Diwa, also lauded the passage of the measure.

House Minority Leader Joseph Stephen Paduano voted to reject the measure, noting that this “departs from the original intent of the old bill, which was to eliminate “endo” or end of contract scheme.

TUCP opposes bill

Claiming that it legitimize­s contractua­lization, the country’s largest labor group rejected the measure approved by the House of Representa­tives.

“The bill does not meet the President’s promise to end contractua­lization. Congress missed a historic chance to correct the decades-long injustice to workers,” the Trade Union Congress of the Philippine­s (TUCP) said in a statement.

The TUCP urged the congressio­nal bicameral conference committee to correct the flaws that have led to the exploitati­on of millions of contractua­l workers nationwide.

“Without interventi­ons in the Senate, the exploitati­on of workers will continue,” the group said.

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