MANILA, Aug. 6, 2016 – The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on the Laity has vowed to keep an eye on the next steps in President Rodrigo Duterte’s plan to end private companies’ “endo” or end of contract policies.
Following the president’s statement, Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo, chairman of the commission, said the government and the Church share the desire to champion ordinary workers’ rights but it is not yet the right time to assess whether the steps already taken by the Duterte administration to end “endo” are good enough or not.
“Because the objective is good, the message is good, but we need to see how he will do it,” said the prelate in Filipino.
Pabillo also pledged to monitor the policies that will be issued by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in executing the president’s order.
”That’s why we should just wait for now because there are no guidelines yet about how he will close down a company. Let’s see which companies he will close down,” explained Pabillo in Filipino.
Duterte warned companies not to wait for government inspections but to comply with the new labor policy or risk losing their permit to operate.
“I would like to tell you now: Comply or I will cancel your permit. You choose,” said the president in Filipino.
A survey released by Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) in 2014 shows that 44 percent of Filipinos working in an establishment with 20 or more workers are non-regular and agency-hired. An equivalent of 1.96 million to 4.75 million employees are contractual or project-based. (Kevin Cariño/CBCPNews)