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Palace nixes proposal to extend workers’ probationary period

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By Prince Golez

Malacañang on Sunday echoed the statement of Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III that the proposed extension of the probation period is too long for a worker to secure a permanent employment.

“I agree with him. Kasi precisely nga kontra tayo don sa ginagawang maniobra doon sa six month probationary period tapos hahabaan mo pa,” Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said.

Bello had said that extending the worker’s probationary period from six months to two years violates the administration’s policy on security of tenure.

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

A bill has been filed at the House of Representatives seeking to extend the maximum prescribed period of probationary employment to 24 months.

The current maximum six-month probationary period is not enough to determine a worker’s qualification for regular employment, according to Probinsyano Ako party-list Rep. Jose Singson Jr.

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