Presidential bets say ‘no’ to contractual labor

All presidential bets said they are against “endo” or “end of contract” which continually increases the rate of joblessness in the country during the 3rd Presidential Debate.

“I am vehemntly against contractualization. It is illegal and unconstitutional, and violates security of tenure. It places him (employee) under the power of somebody who needs only to threaten to replace him,” Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago said.

Should he assume presidency, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said “endo” will stop for it prevents the Filipinos from acquiring skills and experience to apply for better jobs both in the Philippines and abroad.

Sen. Grace Poe addressed the issue by calling it “unjust.” “Yan ay hindi makatarungan..Di ko papayagan dahil kailangang produktibo, at magiging produktibo lamang sila kung may malasakit ang company sa kanila at gobyernong pinoprotektahan sila.”

She added that people are not machines that can easily be disposed when no longer needed.

“Ang manggagawa dapat pinoprotektahan. Dapat matanggap ang lahat ng benepisyo,” said Vice President Jejomar Binay.

However, despite calling “endo” illegal, Binay claimed the problem is in the implementation of the law.

Meanwhile, Liberal Party Standard Bearer Sec. Mar Roxas said he prioritizes the public’s welfare over big businesses. For him, creating more quality and permanent jobs is more important than ending “endo.”

Offered solutions

Santiago vowed to build more infrastructures and urban transit systems and will focus on farm-to-market roads, irrigation and pumping for agriculture to generate more jobs for the people.

Kung gumawa ka ng trabaho, lalapit ang tao sa iyo,”she said.

Like Santiago, Poe and Binay are also for lowering corporate income taxes. Binay said low salary owners will benefit from the lowered income taxes.

Poe asked businessmen to “take care” of their employees to prevent conflict with the government.

Roxas for his part said he within three months he will pass a law that bans the practice of “endo” in the country.

Kailangan batas ito. Sasarhan ang mga loopholes na ito para magkaroon ng saysay ang mga kautusang ito,” he said.

He said he would add jobs in business outsourcing industries through lowering electricity costs and giving incentives to economic zones and build more infrastructures for the people.

Duterte also offered to pass a law on “endo”. He said will call lawmakers to immediately discuss and pass a law stopping the practice. “As soon as I assume the presidency, contractualization will stop .I will not allow that to happen to people of this country.”

“Endo” or “end of contract” is the process by which businessmen hire employees for less than six months to avoid being covered by the labor code requirement to regularize employment.

The Presidential Town hall debate held in University of Pangasinan, Dagupan City is the last presidential debates before the election. K KRYSTAL GAYLE DIGAY

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