DIWA Rep. Aglipay – Villar fights against contractualization!

As a defender of the rights of every Filipino worker, Democratic Independent Workers Association (DIWA) Party List Representative Emmeline Aglipay – Villar continues to push for the protection of contractual employees under the Security of Tenure Act that was started out back in 2010.

This decree aims to fill the loopholes of the Labor Code by expanding the scope of how “regular” work has been previously defined, protecting workers against abuse during their probationary stage, defining Fixed-Term employment and limiting the situations wherein it would be acceptable. As stated in the Security of Tenure Act, Fixed-Term Employment will only be allowed when company es are facing significantly grave financial problems due to the failure to offer goods and services at a competitive price.

According to a study by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in 2014, almost 1.1 million or one-third of the entire working population of the Philippines is composed of irregular employees. Furthermore, almost 600,800 of them are contractual workers.

DIWA Rep. Aglipay – Villar asserted that although pushing for Security of Tenure Act of 202 and the Act Strengthening Tenure of Employees in 2013 is already a huge step, there is still a need to further fortify laws against contractualization in order to protect the rights of our workers. According to her, most companies avoid regularization of employees because to them, regularization means a huge cost. She insists that although some companies are only forced to enforce contractualization, probationary, and fixed-term employment, it is only right to stay ethical and give workers the rights and benefits they are entitled to.

“The necessity of regular employment which allows upward mobility as a reward for excellence and diligence to the Filipino family cannot be overemphasized. It is almost impossible to have a stable family or even to plan for the future if one does not have a stable job,” said DIWA Rep. Aglipay – Villar. According to her, companies need to understand that regularization could also help their business because workers tend to be more productive when they know that their position in the company is secured.

“If an employee knows that he or she has the opportunity to grow in the company based on job performance, he or she would be more productive and would most likely give their best effort. However, if employees that they wouldn’t last longer than six months, they wouldn’t have any motivation to work,” DIWA Rep. Agilipay-Villar reiterated.

Likewise, she asserts that regularization could also help increase these companies’ income and revenue, since workers will be more motivated to be more productive at work. More importantly, regularization will allow workers to improve their skills in each of their respective fields in order to be more competitive and meet the global standards.