THE House of Representatives on Tuesday adopted the Senate’s version of a bill which seeks to prohibit the practice of “endo,” clearing the way for more workers to enjoy regular status with their employers.
The House adopted Senate Bill 1826 or the Security of Tenure Bill which will amend its own version of the legislation, House Bill 6908.
Its adoption eliminates the need for lengthy bicameral sessions to reconcile the two chambers’ bills.
The Senate bill’s principal author, Senator Emmanuel Joel J. Villanueva said in a Viber message: “The Senate version will be enrolled to Malacañang for the signature of the President.”
“Endo” or “end of contract” denies workers a pathway to permanent employment status and the associated benefits.
The bill rules out the following practices which it classifies as labor-only contracting: the provision by a job contractor of workers it recruits and places; the performance by contract workers of core industry tasks; the company where workers are assigned, or the contractee, having direct control and supervision of the workers supplied.
It also classifies workers as either regular, probationary, project and seasonal.
The Security of Tenure bill has been identified by the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council as a priority. It was also among the measures President Rodrigo R. Duterte pushed for during his Third State of the Nation Address in July 2018. — Vince Angelo C. Ferreras