- President Rodrigo Duterte warned companies that practice contractualization and said that he will cancel their permits if they do not follow labor laws
- Duterte expressed pity to workers whose labor rights are being abused
- He has vowed to abolish contractualization in the country even before he was elected as president
President Rodrigo Duterte, on Monday, has called the attention of companies which do not regularize employees and warned them that he will cancel their permits.
Duterte expressed pity to workers whose rights as employees are taken advantage of and said that he will not tolerate companies that practice contractualization. He then ordered employers to pay their workers fairly, or else he will have their business closed down.
“Stop contractualization, it will not do good to our country. Huwag na ninyo hintaying mahuli pa kayo ni Secretary Bello (Silvestre “Bebot” Bello). ‘Pag nalaman ko, I’ll just simply close your plant… Don’t tempt me,” Duterte said in a press briefing.
(Stop contractualization, it will not do good to our country. Don’t wait for Secretary Bello to catch you. If I find out, I’ll just simply close your plant… Don’t tempt me.)
The president cited the situation of security guards who are supposed to have an eight-hour shift but has been working for 24 hours. He stated that military men own most security agencies in the country and threatened them that he will cancel their permits if they do not stop contractualization.
He told such companies not to disobey labor laws such as paying employees the minimum wage and said: “Masama yan sa bayan, stop it…. Bayaran ninyo lahat,wag ninyong paikutin… If you do not take care of the workers, then I cannot take care of you,”
(It’s not good for the country, stop it… Pay everyone, do not fool them… If you do not take care of the workers, then I cannot take care of you.)
Duterte has vowed to end contractualization even before he assumed office. He mentioned that he is to provide adequate protection to businessmen in ordered to convince them.
However, Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre “Bebot” Bello said that contractualization will not be abolished completely under the current administration for there will be exceptions. - AA, Kami Media