The growing support for the Security of Tenure bill among Cabinet members shows the government’s determination to put an end into the practice of illegal labor contractualization, according to Senator Joel Villanueva.

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez recently gave his support for the Security of Tenure measure, a move that Villanueva described as a “vote of confidence” on the bill, which has been transmitted to Malacañang recently and is awaiting the President’s signature.

“The latest vote of confidence on the Security of Tenure bill boosts our hopes that ending the evils of endo is within our reach. Malapit na po natin maabot ang pangarap na wakasan na ang endo sa lipunan,” the seasoned legislator said.

“With a stroke of his pen, the President can fulfill one of his hallmark campaign promise.”

“With a stroke of his pen, the President can fulfill one of his hallmark campaign promise of getting rid of this terrible practice of endo,” the veteran lawmaker continued. “We hope and pray that the President relegates endo to the annals of history by signing the Security of Tenure bill into law.”

Being the primary agency tasked to make the country a conducive place to do business, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) ensures that firms in the Philippines locate, remain, and expand here, the senator explained.

He added that the bill recognizes the importance of industry participation in shaping the policy on job contracting. The measure calls for organizing industry-based tripartite stakeholder panels to discuss and determine the course of job contracting based on industry needs.

Lopez is the latest Cabinet member to signify support on the passage of the Security of Tenure measure, commonly known as the End Endo bill.

Last June, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III expressed confidence that the President will sign the Security of Tenure bill in time for the annual State of the Nation Address on July 22 when the legislature opens the 18th Congress.

Villanueva added he personally received positive feedback on the bill from Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, which was relayed to the senator through one of the department’s undersecretaries.

“The support from no less than three Cabinet members is a very encouraging sign.”

“The support from no less than three Cabinet members is a very encouraging sign, considering that two of them are part of the economic cluster. We take it to mean that the bill, when signed into law, bodes well for our economy,” he said.

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