DOLE seeks to end endo bill in the Philippines
The Philippines’ Department of Labour and Employment is seeking to end illegal contractualisation, or “endo” in the country, putting in a request to President Rodrigo Duterte to certify the bill as urgent in order to end the practice.
“End of contract” refers to a highly contested form of contractualisation widely practiced in the country where workers are hired for not more than five months, stripping them of the benefits guaranteed by law to regular employees. As mandated by the country’s labour code, employees are considered regular employees only after passing a six-month probationary period.
President Duterte had previously vetoed a previous version of the legislation in 2019, noting that the proposed law had overly broadened the scope and definition of labour-only contracting.
In a televised briefing, Labour Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said he is “confident that [the president] will certify the bill this time”.
The 2019 version of the bill prohibits fixed-term employment excluding overseas Filipino workers, workers on probation, workers relieving absent colleagues not exceeding six months, project employees, and seasonal employees, according to Business World.