President Rodrigo R. Duterte warned that large firms will be barred down if the practice of labor of contractualization or Endo will continue.

Duterte said they will lose their permits to operate if caught abusing labor laws.

He said the labor department will be sending people in the field to check if companies are following regulations even if the government does not have many resources to do such review.

“Alam mo wala akong pera, wala akong tao to really inspect all of the, you know, doing away with contractualization. My message to them is very simple: Do not wait for us to inspect,” the President said on Monday in an interview with the Media at the Rizal Hall, MalacaƱan Palace.

“I would like to assume that everybody who falls under that category will honor what we are asking for the people. Huwag na ninyo akong hintayin na mahuli ko kayo because I will be unforgiving. You will not only lose your money, you will lose your plants, ” he added.

Rody firm in ending contractualization
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Duterte reiterated his zero tolerance for big businesses abusing labor laws.

“The practice is unfair to the people as well as to the government,” he said.

For instance, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) trains people to become plumbers, electricians and carpenters only to find jobs good only for six months.

Companies adopting contractualization does not help the people with the security of tenure, the President noted. He also particularly mentioned that security agencies, mostly owned by military or policemen, tend to abuse security guards by requiring them to work more than eight hours, which  is illegal. The president warned security agencies to follow the law or else he will cancel their permits. 

“Kung ako ba naman kung ikakaligaya ng lahat iyan and it would improve, enhance our economy, wala kayong problema sa akin. But the human being, lalo na security guard, pay all the benefits,” he told security agencies.

And for the companies outsourcing workers, the President they must assume as the employers and pay all the workers’ benefits required under the law. “If you are nag-outsource, whatever, airlines, assume therefore as the real employer. So bayaran ninyo lahat. SSS at saka wala iyang paikot-ikot. Huwag ninyong paikutin kasi ang totoo niyan ayaw talaga ninyong magbayad.”

If big companies do not take care of the workers, then his government cannot take care of them, the President said, referring to these firms.

Article 13, Section 2 of the 1987 Constitution states that employees are entitled to security of tenure, a living wage and humane working conditions. It also requires the state to “afford full protection to labor, local and overseas, organized and unorganized, and promote full employment and equality of employment opportunities for all.” AJRSP

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