Probinsyano Ako solon defends 2-year probationary period bill, says it will end ‘endo’
Probinsyano Ako party-list Rep. Jose “Bonito” Singson Jr. urged his colleagues in Congress to carefully consider the positive effects of his bill proposing the extension of the mandatory six-month probationary period to 24 months, saying this would end “endo” or short-term contracting.
His House Bill 4802 seeks to amend Article 296 of the Labor Code of the Philippines, extending the period of probationary employment from the current six months to two years.
By extending the period of probationary employment, he argued, a probationary employee shall be accorded the chance for a longer and gainful employment assuring the probationary employee of a steady income instead of being terminated on or before six months.
The solon clarified this bill will in effect end the so called ”endo” (end of contract) practice wherein employees are being terminated usually on or before the six-month probationary period to avoid regularization.
Singson said labor groups had “wrongly criticized” his bill, claiming that extending the probationary period would further fuel ”endo” and will lead to contractualization.
But he said he is confident House Bill 4802, the End to Endo Bill, “is a solution to the oppressive ‘’endo’ practice.”
“Furthermore, the longer period of employment will lead to a better chance for permanent employment status. This will also help the employees become more adept at their respective tasks. The employer and employee will save on both processing costs for rehiring and reapplying,” he said.