MANILA, Philippines – Senator Joel Villanueva has refiled the Security of Tenure bill, which was vetoed by President Rodrigo Duterte last week. The passage of the bill, which seeks to end contractualization in the country, was one of the President’s campaign promises.

Villanueva said that Senate Bill Number 806 he filed Monday is exactly the same version of the measure that the President refused to sign.

“Babalik tayo sa Grade 1 (We will go back to Grade 1). This is exactly the same measure that was certified as priority and urgent by the President,” Villanueva said.

The bill, popularly known as the End-Endo bill, bans “labor-only contracting.” Under this labor practice, the job contractor may merely supply and recruit workers [in]to a contractee; the workers supplied to a contractee perform tasks/activities that are listed by the industry to be directly related to the core business of the contractee; and lastly, the contractee has direct control and supervision over the workers supplied by the contractor.

The bill also classifies workers under four employment types: regular, probationary, project and seasonal.

Under the bill, project and seasonal workers will have the same rights as regular employees. These benefits include the payment of minimum wage and social protection benefits.

On Friday, July 26, President Rodrigo Duterte vetoed the 17th Congress-approved Security of Tenure (SOT) Bill. The President said that labor-only contracting “should be prohibited” but “legitimate job-contracting should still be allowed.”

Durterte’s stance echoed the line of major business chambers that opposed the bill.

Villanueva, who sponsored the Senate version of the SOT, lamented that the veto is “baseless” and only reflects the “growing problem of misinformation and confusion in the government.”

Other senators echoed Villanueva, expressing dismay with the veto as the President had certified it “urgent” in September 2018.

Senate President Vicente Sotto III said earlier that the SOT bill will be included in the priority measures once it is refiled. (with reports from Rappler)

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