Montano Says He Would Regulate Labor Contractualization

Manila–Since contractualization has become a trend in Filipino employment, Senatorial Candidate Cesar Montano said that he May 1 - Labor Union TUCPwould regulate such a trend if given the chance to serve in the halls of the Senate so that he can make situations more favorable to laborers.

He will create and sponsor a bill called the Contractualization Regulation Act. Some key provisions that he is looking at is the inclusion of social service benefits (SSS, GSIS, etc) in the pay of employees. He also wants to regulate this practice to
large, financially-stable companies by setting limits and having these companies declare their financial position before they be allowed to adopt the contractual setup on a temporary basis. Lastly, to put teeth to the law, he seeks to institute financial disincentive and criminal charges to companies found guilty of breaking this law.

He explained that hiring workers on a contractual basis has become a permanent cost-saving measure by companies. “In reality, companies should only adopt contractualization to evade closure due to low income, but now, even the top grossing companies in the Philippines practice this to take advantage of the lack of opportunity and the existing unemployment and
underemployment in the country”, he said.

With contractualization, companies reduce cost by not paying for the employees’ benefits like SSS/GSIS, Philhealth and Pag-Ibig Fund and other infractions. They also do not have to worry about security of tenure of laborers and large labor unions since contractual employees are not allowed by law to join one. The companies also have to abide with less labor
laws with when adapting this kind of setup “In turn, its as if the companies that practice this are having extra sources of revenues. This form of circumvention of our labor laws must be addressed immediately”, Montano added.
Montano said that he is aware that this setup is being practiced by large companies, especially mall corporations. Montano also explained what the employees or laborers feel being under such a setup.

“They receive no benefits and they receive less than what they should for their efforts, they must feel really low when they compare themselves with people with permanent jobs”, he said. He also cited the reapplication horror that the employees have to go through, especially in the case of mall employees whose prior performance are given little value in the process.
He said that he seeks to file a senate bill that addresses this problem if elected in the senate. He said that “this is simply the right thing to do” so as to block the spots of legal circumventions and to divert a small percentage of the companies’ funds to its rightful destination- the workers.

“The companies or offices must understand that if government does something about the contractualization, not only the laborers but the whole organization will benefit because it will now have employees focused on their tasks, not on what
company they will apply in after their contract expires. If companies can’t get their workers to love their jobs, then these companies will suffer from under-productivity since the workers will not put their heart in what they will do. Then they will end up firing the workers, then he or she gets replaced and the cycle continues”, he noted.

6 responses to “Montano Says He Would Regulate Labor Contractualization

  1. Ina Escaler

    What kind of political gimmick is regulation of labor contractualization? First things first. Give them jobs first and regulate later. There’re tons of labor laws that are not enforced and implemented. Minimum wage is not enforced strictly. Then, you are suggesting another regulation. OMG!

  2. I agree with Ina. There are many good, sincere, well-meaning people out there, as I’m sure Cesar is, but that doesn’t mean they’re the best candidates for the senate, or politics for that matter. Good intentions aren’t enough to make legislation that will translate all those well-meaning platforms into reality for the Filipino people. (I suppose a degree in law isn’t enough either, since we have a number of them in the senate who have not done much.) All I’m saying is that I’m not convinced that I should vote for Cesar. I’m sure he’s a good person, and he’s surely a good actor; perhaps we can help the country better if we do what we are best suited to do as per our training and experience.

  3. To Ina:
    [What kind of political gimmick is regulation of labor contractualization?]

    Sorry Ina to disappoint you, but we dont do political gimmikry (we still dont know how🙂 )

    [First things first. Give them jobs first and regulate later.]

    Contractual employees have existing jobs, and that existing type of job is what we will try to regulate. I think we were able to satisfy your formula.

    , what was written there is a solution to a perennial problem that our workforce are encountering right now.

    [There’re tons of labor laws that are not enforced and implemented. Minimum wage is not enforced strictly.Then, you are suggesting another regulation.]

    This is an issue that our judicial system should address. Legislation we do believe is main responsibility of the senators, thus the reason for the proposal. That is his main focus, legislation.

  4. To mishap:
    […There are many good, sincere, well-meaning people out there, as I’m sure Cesar is, but that doesn’t mean they’re the best candidates for the senate, or politics for that matter.]

    You’re right there are many of them, but only a few, a very few of them enter politics. Give this country a handful of good, sincere, well-meaning people, and I assure you, this country will be a better place to live in (and in no time at all).

    [Good intentions aren’t enough to make legislation that will translate all those well-meaning platforms into reality for the Filipino people. (I suppose a degree in law isn’t enough either, since we have a number of them in the senate who have not done much.)]

    You are absolutely right, good intentions are not enough, better yet, they can never make legislations that will help us. Good intentions without actions, that is. But good intentions put into action can and will help this country. It goes the same with a lot of us nowadays. All talk and no walk. Well here is somebody who is willing to walk the walk.

    [All I’m saying is that I’m not convinced that I should vote for Cesar. I’m sure he’s a good person, and he’s surely a good actor; perhaps we can help the country better if we do what we are best suited to do as per our training and experience.]

    We respect your decision and we know for a fact that we can never win you all. But if a good heart and the determination to do what is right is not enough for one to be qualified for a senatorial seat, then what would make one qualified?

  5. Yes I agree with his idea to regulate contractual employment. Because employers who use the contractual system deprives employees of their benefits which they are suppose to receive such as the social security benefits, 13th month pay and many other benefits that a regular employee enjoys. A stable and permanent job is what Filipinos need. (A happy and satisfied worker works harder and efficiently)

  6. day 3 n po ng quick count..
    d kna cgro mkakahabol pa..
    pero salamat sa mga mabubuting tao tulad mo na may ganitong adhikain…

    ang masasabi ko lang, ang pagsulat ng batas ay parang isang kurso.. dko lang alam kng gaano ka dn kasipag magbasa ng constitution..

    cgro pwede k namang tumulong in your own turf..that’s where you can build a foundation of trust, admiration from the people.. before running big as senator.. good luck cesar..
    cgro magpresident k ng samahan nung ga artista.. si german moreno ba un incumbent ngayon.. since you are more of an actor.. exposed internationally and all.. maybe this is where you can put your punches to make a change.. God bless

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