Department of Labor and Employment
30 July 2019
New SOT bill version up
The labor department is coming up with a new version of the security of tenure bill to be submitted to both houses of Congress following the veto of President Rodrigo Duterte of congress-approved measure last week.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III in a press briefing on Monday said DOLE will review the vetoed bill and will come up with its own ‘balanced’ version that will provide security of tenure to workers without hurting the viability of businesses and investments in the country.
“We will come up with a clearer and more focused provision of providing the security of tenure of our workers that will also ensure a healthy balance for workers and employers. We will remain consistent to end all abusive employment practices as directed by the President,” Bello said.
The labor chief also said that DOLE will study the definition of the labor-only contracting and the extent of the management’s prerogative in defining certain activities to be outsourced.
“Identifying certain services to be outsourced must be determined by a tripartite body wherein both labor and management are well represented along with the government. We will thoroughly study it and submit our recommendations,” Bello said.
The labor chief commended Senate committee on labor chair Sen. Joel Villanueva for the tremendous efforts he exerted in the passage of the SOT measure.
He also assured the workers that the vetoed SOT bill is not the end of the promise of the President in ending all abusive employment arrangements among Filipino workers but a reason for the labor department to remain committed to abolishing unlawful contracting arrangements through intensified labor inspections nationwide.
“The President’s veto of the SOT bill is not the end of the workers cause in ending unfair practices of contractualization, such as labor-only contracting and end-of-contract schemes. He has always been committed to protecting our workers’ right to security of tenure through our intensified labor inspections and assessment,” Bello said.
As of June 2019, the labor department’s ‘endo’ campaign netted 471,394 regularized workers of which 340,723 workers were voluntarily regularized by their own employers, while the 130,671 secured their employment through labor inspections and assessment.
Also, labor inspections are on-going to ensure the compliance of private companies to the general labor rules and standards. ###AbegailDeVega