Senator Joel Villanueva has sought the support of stakeholders as the Security of Tenure bill inched closer to being passed on second reading the other day.
“We have worked hard for this bill, from our key resource persons to the representatives of stakeholder groups, as well as our fellow colleagues in the Senate. To see this move closer to the end goal of passing the measure is an encouraging sign that we are on the right track,” Villanueva said in a statement on Friday. "Our resolve to pass the bill remains stronger as we achieve our vision of putting an end to endo."
“Sa pamamagitan ng patuloy na pagsuporta, nais po natin magbigyan ng peace of mind ang libu-libong manggagawa na walang security of tenure sa kanilang mga trabaho,” the senator continued.
Plenary debate into the measure, more popularly known as the "End of Endo" bill, concluded on Wednesday evening, paving the way for the period of amendments to begin.
“We are looking forward to the amendments phase because we will be working to refine the bill into a measure that protects the interests of every stakeholder,” said Villanueva, chair of the Senate Committee on Labor, Employment, and Human Resource Development.
The senator expressed his preparedness to put in the extra hours with his colleagues to ensure the passage of the measure, which was certified urgent by the President last year. The certification allows the bill to be voted on third and final reading immediately after it passes on second reading.
“We are also grateful to our colleagues for working with us in crafting this landmark legislation that would bring life to the Constitutional policy to protect the right of the workers to security of tenure,” Villanueva said. “This measure will help our Filipino workers and their families, as well, in having a more stable and secure source of income. We can all be proud of this measure once we pass this.”
Senate Bill No. 1826 seeks to put an end to labor-only contracting, a practice that affects thousands of Filipino workers in different sectors.
Data from the Philippine Statistics Authority showed that in 2016, some 691,341 individuals are agency-hired workers, but labor estimates on contractual workers run at least double the figure.