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Waley! Villarin says Duterte’s EO on contractualization ‘useless’

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Akbayan party-list Rep. Tom Villarin belittled the executive order issued by President Duterte saying it was not what the people had asked for.

Villarin said the EO is “useless” since most of the acts banned under the order are already prohibited under the current labor laws.

“It’s much ado about nothing because you’re prohibiting what is already prohibited under the law. Jurisprudence and even our labor laws prohibit labor only contracting, prohibits ‘555,’ prohibits [end of contract],” the politiko said.

“Ang gusto sana nating policy is that all jobs should be presumed regular jobs. All employees will undergo a six-month probationary period and then after six months they should be a regular employee. Hindi puwedeng dun sila magiging regular sa mga manpower agency. It should be with the principal employer,” he added.

Villarin said there is no presumption of regular employment in Executive Order 51, which only ensured “workers’ right to security of tenure, self-organization and collective bargaining and peaceful concerted activities pursuant to the 1987 Philippine Constitution.”

Duterte earlier admitted that the EO would not really put an end to endo and illegal contractualization saying that Congress has to enact a law to replace the “outdated” Labor Code.

“The Labor Code right now gives the Secretary of Labor and Employment the power to prohibit or let’s say restrict labor contracting but hindi ho ginagawa ng Secretary of Labor ‘yan but rather he is just regulating,” said Villarin.

“The proposal is take away that discretion of the secretary and really mandate the Secretary of Labor and Employment [to] prohibit labor only contracting,” he added.