- Labor groups met with President Duterte in Malacañang on Wednesday, February 7
- The President asked for more time to study proposed EO against contractualization
- He will have his legal team review the EO and will conduct another meeting this March
On Wednesday, Februray 7, President Rodrigo Duterte asked for more time to study the proposed executive order against contractualization, as per a story posted by GMA News.
During the two-hour meeting with the labor groups in Malacañang, the President decided to postpone the signing of the EO; reportedly due to the need of further study on its impact to foreign investments.
“Duterte promised endo (end of contract) and contractualization would be ended during the May 2016 elections. Obviously, he is finding the road to the signing replete with obstacles,” Nagkaisa Labor Coalition chairman Michael Mendoza told GMA News on Thursday, February 8.
“He wants a small study group this March and we will engage this. He said we will meet again in March with this study group and we will engage him,” Mendoza added.
According to the Federation of Free Workers (FFW) Vice President Julius Cainglet, they will continue to conduct more demonstrations until the meeting in March to pressure the President to finally sign the EO.
“He (President Duterte) said he would have his legal team review the EO, so there is a chance it could still be changed,” Cainglet said.
Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU), Nagkaisa, Associated Labor Unions, Sentro ng Nagkakaisa at Progresibong Manggagawa, Partido Manggagawa, National Labor Union, Trade Union Congress of the Philippines, and National Confederation of Labor, were the labor groups that participated in the dialogue.
Representatives from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Finance (DF), and Department of Budget and Management (DBM) were also present at the meeting.