SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
20 October 2021 07:03:57 PM
The House Committee on Labor and Employment chaired by Rep. Enrico Pineda (Party-list, 1-PACMAN) on Wednesday adopted House Resolutions 1167 and 1404, which call for the Philippine government to immediately ratify the International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention No. 190 or the "Violence and Harassment Convention, 2019." HR 1167 was filed by Committee Vice-Chairman Rep. Raymond Democrito Mendoza (Party-list, TUCP), while HR 1404 was filed by MAKABAYAN Bloc Reps. Arlene Brosas, Carlos Isagani Zarate, Eufemia Cullamat, Ferdinand Gaite, France Castro and Sarah Jane Elago. The ILO C.190 seeks to end violence and harassment in the world of work and recognizes the right of everyone for a safe work environment. The international treaty also recognizes gender-based violence and harassment in both private and public sectors. According to Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Undersecretary Benjo Santos Benavidez, the agency fully supports the ILO C.190, but the ratification needs extensive preparations and proper consultations. Benavidez said that the country's laws, policies, rules and regulations, including the enforcement and implementation thereof, should be consistent with the provision of the convention. The panel also approved HB 5701 or the proposed “Unemployment Labor Assurance Mutual (ULAM) Fund Act,” including its committee report. HB 5701, authored by Rep. Virgilio Lacson (Party-list, MANILA TEACHERS), aims to solve the problem of tenure of employment, as well as mandate employers to provide an unemployment assurance benefit fund for employees. Lacson emphasized that this measure excludes small businesses, which are severely affected by the on-going pandemic, but targets big businesses with over 500 employees. Benavidez added that this measure discourages contractualization and promotes regularization. Lastly, the panel also approved the committee report and the substitute bill to HB 2633. The measure seeks to protect employees in the event of a merger, consolidation or transfer of business. The bill is also authored by Mendoza.