FEB 27 – President Rodrigo Duterte has said he will not force businessmen into ending contractualization, a promise he made during the presidential campaign. Duterte said all stakeholders should reach a “compromise” instead. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, however, said this does not mean the President is giving up on delivering on his promise to end contractualization.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III earlier said that the President is formulating an executive order (EO) banning illegal forms of contractualization, and expects to sign it by the end of March. The labor groups that submitted the draft EO to Bello said the proposal recognizes “the need to balance the interest of labor and capital”.