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Duterte certifies Security of Tenure Bill as urgent

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte certified as urgent the Security of Tenure Bill in a bid to give more job security to Filipino workers by prohibiting the practice of contractualization and labor-only contracting, Malacanang said on Tuesday.

In a press conference, Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. confirmed that Duterte wrote a letter to Senate President Vicente Sotto 3rd on September 21 requesting the “immediate enactment” of Senate Bill 1826 or Security of Tenure Bill.

“Pursuant to the provisions of Article VI, Section 26 of the 1987 Constitution, I hereby certify to the necessity of the immediate enactment of Senate Bill 1826,” Duterte said.

The President said the passage of the bill would strengthen workers’ security of tenure “by prohibiting the prevalent practices of contractualization and labor-only contracting, which continue to immerse our workers in a quagmire of poverty and underemployment.”

Prohibiting “endo” is one of the campaign promises of Duterte, who won the 2016 presidential polls by a landslide.

In May, Duterte signed Executive Order 51 prohibiting labor contracting or subcontracting “when undertaken to circumvent the worker’s rights to security of tenure, self-organization, and collective bargaining and peaceful concerted activities pursuant to the 1987 Philippine Constitution.” CATHERINE S. VALENTE

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