(OCTOBER 21, 2019) – Senators on Monday called “unfair” a proposal in the House of Representatives to extend to two years the probationary period for employment from the current six months.
Probinsyano Ako party-list Rep. Jose “Bonito” Singson, Jr. filed the measure at the lower house, arguing that the current probationary period prescribed by the Labor Code is insufficient to fully assess the qualification of an employee for regularization.
Should it hurdle the lower chamber, however, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said the measure should be considered “dead” once it arrives at the Senate.
“I will oppose its passage. If the House passes it, consider it dead on arrival in the Senate. Hindi ito makatarungan, hindi makatuwiran,” Drilon said in a statement.
Senator Joel Villanueva, one of the proponents of the Security of Tenure Bill which was junked in the 17th Congress, said such a bill will put workers “on the losing end” if the probationary period is extended to 24 months.
Instead, Villanueva urged the Department of Labor and Employment to fast-track the drafting of their version of the Security of Tenure bill.
“We are determined push for this measure because our workers stand to benefit the most from the Security of Tenure bill,” the senator said.
Opposition senator Franklin Pangilinan, meanwhile, sees the measure as a gateway for “greater abuse” in companies.
“Security of tenure of labor is a right recognized and protected by our Constitution. Lengthening the probationary period three-fold prevents the worker from enjoying such a right under our Charter,” Pangilinan remarked.
The measure is currently pending before the House Committee on Labor and Employment. (Randell Ritumalta/JMF)