BAYAN Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate yesterday said it is difficult for the Duterte administration to stop endo because the government itself is the biggest employer of contractuals.
In the public sector, based on Inventory of Government Human Resources as of July 1, 2016, there are 721,282 contract of service (COS), job orders (JOs), casual, and contractual workers out of the 2,301,191 government employees.
This figure is more than twice the 282,586 contractual workers in the public sector in 2008.
Top agencies in 2016 with most number of JOs and COS include the Department of Public Works and Highways; Department of Health, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Agriculture, Department of Transportation and Department of Education.
Contractualization is so prevalent that non-regular workers comprise a significant portion of the government’s workforce. From around 10 percent non-regular employees in the 1990s, the contractuals comprise more than 31 percent of the government employees in 2016.
In another case, in the country’s premier public tertiary school University of the Philippines in 2012, 44 percent of the employees were contractual. In the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital as of January 2018, 1,614 out of 4,461 health workers or 36.18 percent, are contractual, job-order, casual or temporary workers.
For her part, Gabriela Rep. Arlene Brosas denounced Malacañang’s reversal of its promise to sign an executive order banning labor contractualization in the country, saying it constitutes “grave betrayal” of Filipino workers’ demand for regular employment.
Brosas noted that Duterte’s position contrasted with the Palace statement earlier this week that the President will sign the EO on or before May 1.
Brosas said the security of tenure bill which hurdled the House of Representatives on third and final reading is a “fake security of tenure bill” since it still allows subcontracting and further legitimizes manpower agencies and third-party service providers.
“Contractual workers who are mostly women cannot pin their hopes on the SOT bill being pushed by Duterte’s allies in Congress because the said measure ensures that contractors are here to stay and puts in place legal mechanisms for principal enterprises to avoid direct hiring of regular workers,” she added.