Senator Joel Villanueva on Thursday welcomed President Rodrigo Duterte’s plan to certify as a priority bill Senate Bill No. 1116 or the proposed "End of Endo" Bill.
According to Villanueva, chair of the Senate committee on labor, employment, and human resources development, the committee is already finalizing the End of Endo Bill committee report for plenary discussion.
“We will release the committee report as soon as we finished circulating the draft to the senators for inputs. The President’s certification will definitely help in the passage of a new law governing endo,” said Villanueva, author of the bill.
Villanueva further mentioned that the Senate labor committee has constantly sought Malacanang's policy direction on the ‘endo’ issue.
“In fact, we formally requested, on two occasions in September 2016 and another in October 2016, for a certification as urgent the passage of Senate Bill No. 1116,” Villanueva said.
Villanueva’s bill seeks to provide stricter regulations on contractualization and simplifies the classification of employees to regular and probationary, and treats project and seasonal employees as regular employees.
Villanueva also intends to call the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for another round of discussion before the release of the committee report when Congress session resumes this May.