Labor and employment rights advocates found an ally in their long-time quest of achieving social justice for the Filipino workforce, in President Rodrigo Duterte.
As he promised during the campaign to stop labor contractualization in the country, President Duterte is moving fast to realize this even threatening to shoot businessmen who practice "endo" or end of contract.
Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III also recently issued a labor advisory prohibiting labor - only contracting and ensuring strict implementation and enforcement of workers' right to security of tenure.
During a multi-stakeholders forum of the Cordillera All Workers Alliance composed of different labor organizations in the region last August 10, Confederation for Unity, Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees (COURAGE) national president Ferdie Gaite said Duterte's stand on contractualization is positive development for their quest as well as for their counterpart in the private sector.
It is a positive development with the executive department as well as the legislative, pushing to end contractualization and what we are looking forward now is on how will they do it and on how they want it to be implemented, he stressed.
Source: Philippine Information Agency