Here's how Trillanes plans to end 'endo'

Published December 4, 2021, 11:46 AM

by Raymund Antonio

Magdalo leader and former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV vowed to introduce a bill that would truly end the bane that is contractualization and ensure the security of tenure of all qualified Filipino workers.

Former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV (FILE PHOTO/MANILA BULLETIN)

“In favor tayo na wakasan ang endo at ito ay iinitiate natin kung tayo ay papalarin (We are in favor of ending endo and we will initiate this if we get fortunate),” he said in the recent edition of “Sino SENyo?” on Teleradyo.

“Endo” means end of contract, a term that refers to a scheme wherein companies hire workers for a fixed period. But instead of regularizing employees after that period, companies instead rehire them on a continued contractual basis to avoid paying additional benefits and prevent the workers from creating unions.

In 2016, Trillanes sponsored Senate Bill (SB) No. 1184, or the bill seeking to provide security of tenure to all qualified casual and contractual government workers.

The bill aims to regularize all incumbent casual and contractual government employees who have rendered at least five years of continuous service in the case of national government agencies or a total of 10 years of continuous service in the case of local government units (LGUs).

To date, the bill has yet to be passed, leaving some 600,000 contractual government employees without security of tenure and benefits.

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Trillanes said that he plans to introduce a proposal in case the endo bill meets hindrances on the floor.

“Meron akong isang (I have one) alternative diyan kung sakaling haharagin man yan – ang pag-reduce ng (for that in case it gets blocked — the reduction of the) probationary period ng mga (of the) temporary workers,” he stated.

The senatorial aspirant explained that employers purposely use the allowed six months probationary period as a “loophole” to repeatedly rehire workers without regularizing them.

Trillanes’ suggestion is to reduce the six-month period down to three months.

“Pero kung irereduce natin (But if we will reduce that) into three months yang (that) probationary period, hindi na paiikutin ‘yan ng mga employer (the employer won’t abuse that anymore). Technically, mawawakasan na ang contractualization na iyan (contractualization will end),” he said.