President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signed an executive order (EO) on Tuesday putting a stop to “endo.”
Endo, which is short for “end of contract,”refers to the practice of perpetual contractualization of employees so that employers are able to avoid paying benefits required by law for regular hires.
Duterte, who is currently in Cebu City to lead the celebration of the 116th Labor Day, started his speech by reading a prohibition against “illegal contracting and subcontracting” in Section 2 of the EO.
The EO also states that security of tenure is a “right of employees not to be dismissed or removed without just and authorized cause and observance of procedural due process constituent with the labor code as amended.”
“[I hope] that with all I can do legally, there will be an impact on your complaint on security of tenure,” the President said.
Duterte also warned those involved in “555” or “cabo” — referring to companies that specialize in provide temporary labor — that that their days are already numbered.
He also said that his government would “never cease in providing every Filipino workers a full, dignified and meaningful employment to reserve no less than a decent and comfortable life.”
Duterte was supposed to have signed the EO on April 16, but Malacañang chose to hold back then, saying that the issue should be handled by Congress instead.
After the President signed this EO today, however, labor groups such as Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP), Kilusang Mayo Uno, and Nagkaisa said that Duterte should have signed the version of the EO which that they drafted and submitted .