Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said on Saturday that the Labor and Employment Department (DOLE) did not support the proposal to extend employees ‘ probationary period from six months to two years.
Probinsyano Ako Party-list Representative Jose “Bonito” Singson Jr. filed House Bill 4802, saying that the six-month probationary period of employment mandated by the Labor Code is not adequate to determine whether a worker is eligible for regularization, particularly in positions requiring specialized skills and talent.
The bill is currently pending before the Labor and Employment Committee of the House.
Bello said that labor laws state that an apprenticeship contract can be reached between employer and employee after a six-month probationary period if there is a need to learn special skills or a new requirement.
Bello explained that the role to be applied depends on such agreements. Additionally, if the proposed measure passes Congress, the Labor Secretary must request that the President veto the bill.
He added that President Rodrigo Duterte has made known that he is against contractualization, in which due to the end of the contract, a worker will not be regularized.
On Thursday, Makabayan bloc legislators rejected their fellow House minority member’s plan to expand the current permitted probationary period from six months to two years.
The Philippines Trade Union Congress (TUCP) also opposed the measure on Thursday, saying such a move would hinder the welfare of workers.
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