By Bernadette E. Tamayo | Journal Online
Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has deplored the alleged practice of “oppressive contractualization” by some companies which defeats the constitutional guaranty of security of tenure.
He is alarmed by some reports that this practice, also called “5-5-5” labor contract, is “becoming rampant, now … becoming the industry’s standard to which DoLE (Department of Labor and Employment) seems to want to turn a blind eye.”
“The practice of some companies today, summed as ‘5-5-5’, cuts the life of a labor contract to last for only five months. Corollary to this is … ‘endo’ or ‘end of contract,’ the last string to tie the devious knot,” said Marcos.
He said that this is the period where the five-month contract of the worker ends. “If it reaches 6 months, the laborer would have to be put under regular status with full benefits as mandated by the Philippine Labor Code,” he said.
“There is a need to put a tight grip in the compliance with laws governing contractual employees. This should go hand in hand with strict monitoring from DoLE,” said Marcos, who is seeking the vice presidency in next year’s elections.
“There is one contractual worker for every three rank-and-file employee among the country’s entire workforce who are underpaid and barred from receiving additional financial benefits on top of their basic pay,” he said.
Marcos added: “Higit sa lahat ang mga manggagawa ng ating bansa ay dapat bigyan ng mahalagang paguunawa at protection na hindi sila madadaya ng kanilang empleyo.”
“Sa katunayan, kung ako ay maihahalal bilang Pangalawang Pangulo ng ating Republika, gusto ko sana makatulong sa ating DoLE sa pagpapalakas ng ating paggawa at empleyo, sa pagpaparami ng trabaho, at sa pangangalaga ng mga manggagawa sa ating bansa,” he said.