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DOLE thumbs down proposal to extend probationary period for workers: Six months is enough

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By Prince Golez

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has turned down a proposal to extend the maximum probationary period of workers from six months to two years.

The proposed 2-year probationary period would deny workers their security of tenure, said Bello.

“I don’t think it is necessary for a worker to undergo a probationary period of two years for an employer to determine his qualification. Six months is enough,” according to him.

Delaying a worker’s assurance of permanent employment, he added, “is no longer in keeping with the administration’s policy on security of tenure.”

Bello said the proposal might lead t abusive practices of contractualization.

Probinsyano Ako party-list Rep. Jose Singson Jr. earlier filed House Bill No. 4802 seeking to extend the maximum prescribed period of probationary employment to 24 months.

The current 6-month probationary period is insufficient to determine if the probationary employee is qualified for regular employment, said Singson.

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