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House labor panel chair eyes passage of security of tenure bill by early 2020

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

House Committee on Labor chair Eric Pineda (1Pacman Party-list) has vowed to expedite the passage of the Security of Tenure Bill by early 2020.

Pineda said he would seek the House leadership’s guidance over to come up with a legislation acceptable to President Rodrigo Duterte following his decision earlier this month to veto the measure.

“I would like this to be resolved and have this signed by the President sign this by next year,” said Pineda.

Pineda noted that the “waterdown” Senate version was the one vetoed by Duterte since the House of Representatives during 17th Congress was force to adopt the measure pass by the upper chamber, citing “time constraint” following the campaign season for the recently concluded midterm elections.

“Due to time constraint, we are forced to accept the Senate version,” he said.

Pineda hopes that House Speaker Alan Speaker Cayetano could reach out to Malacañang to lay down a “win-win” proposal for both the employers and various labor groups.

“I think the President want something that is balance—that is a win-win situation. Masaya po (dapat) ang ating mga laborers, masaya rin po ang ating mga employers,” said Pineda.

At least the proposed legislations in connection with Security of Tenure Bill has been refiled before Lower House since July.

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