No more ENDO, said DIWA Rep. Aglipay – Villar

Democratic Independent Workers Association (DIWA) Rep. Emmeline Aglipay – Villar strives to put an end to the rampant practice of labor contractualization or what is commonly known as “Endo” (end-of-contract). Endo is a work arrangement wherein workers are hired for no longer than six months, either through fixed-term contracts with a six-month period or they are fired during their probationary period before regularization. This, then, denies workers of their right to security of tenure but also prevents them from receiving Social Security System, Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth), Home Development Mutual Fund (PAG-IBIG), and other basic benefits that regular workers are entitled to.

DIWA Rep. Aglipay – Villar has previously filed House Bill No. 3402 or the Security of Tenure Act of 2010 in the 15thcongress and the House Bill No. 124 or the Act Strengthening Tenure of Employees in 2013 in the 16th Congress as initiatives that protect the rights of Filipino workers to security of tenure. These bills aim to fix the loopholes and gray areas in the labor code that have allowed contractualization to proliferate. According to DIWA Rep. Aglipay Villar, fixed-term contracts should not be allowed for work that is necessary to the core business of the employer, and neither can this be contracted out. She also asserted that the repeated hiring and firing of workers during the probationary employment should be a badge of circumvention of security of tenure, or as a means to avoid regularizing employees.

“Contractualization makes a mockery out of the constitutionally enshrined right to security of tenure. In the system of “endo,” workers who are doing work that is essential to the core business of the employer, for example, sales persons in the retail industry do work that is essential to the business of selling so they should be regularized and should receive the benefits they deserve,” said DIWA Rep. Emmeline Aglipay – Villar. She said that several employers get away with contractualization because of the loopholes of the Labor Code.