Duterte orders DOLE to intensify crackdown on illegal contractual labor

Elias Hubbard
April 20, 2018

Duterte's order comes after Malacañang said the President will not sign an executive order to end contractualization, a document which labor groups have been feverishly waiting for since Duterte promised in on the campaign trail.

Even if the bill will be certified by the President, it would still be disadvantageous, said Sancho, secretary-general of General Alliance of Workers Association.

Secretary Silvestre Bello III of the Department of Labor and Employment himself suggested leaving the matter to lawmakers, the presidential spokesman said. "But I'm not sure if that was what he was referring to; I just have personal knowledge that if the resignation was not submitted, he would have been fired", he said. "Probably, once Congress resumes after the barangay elections, that would be a priority bill that will be taken up by the Senate", added Bello.

The House of Representatives approved on third and final reading its version, House Bill 6908, or the Security of Tenure Bill, on January 29.

Stopping contractualization was one of Duterte's promises when he was campaigning for the presidency in 2016. "This only proves that the force of reason will not prevail for the interest of the workers because there are more powerful forces like the employers and their organizations that can influence the President".

Under labor-only contracting, the contractor or subcontractor merely recruits, supplies, or places workers to perform a job, work, or service for a principal.

The sources said that Aguirre, a staunch ally and fraternity brother of Duterte when they were studying at the San Beda University College of Law, run by Benedictine priests, was forced to resign for not reportedly living up to the standards like good performance set by the president especially for his cabinet members.

President Rodrigo Duterte sits between Labor Secretary Bebot Bello and Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez during a Labor Day event in 2017. "For this he deserves only the Filipino workers' wrath and ire", he added.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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