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Probinsyano Ako partylist filed a bill to extend 2 years probationary working period instead of 6 months- DOLE opposed

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Saturday said the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is not in favor of the proposal to extend the probationary period of employees from six months to two years.

Probinsyano Ako party-list Representative Jose "Bonito" Singson Jr. filed House Bill 4802, saying the six-month probationary employment period prescribed under the Labor Code is not enough to assess whether an employee is qualified for regularization, particularly in positions requiring specialized skills and talents.

The measure is currently pending before the House Committee on Labor and Employment.
Bello said labor laws say an apprenticeship agreement after a six-month probationary period may be entered into between employer and employee if there is a need to learn special skills or there is a new requirement.

He added that President Rodrigo Duterte has made known he is against contractualization, wherein an employee does not get to become regularized after six months due to the end of the contract.

Makabayan bloc lawmakers on Thursday opposed the proposal of their fellow House minority members to extend the maximum prescribed period of probationary employment from six months to up to two years.

The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) on Thursday also opposed the measure, saying such a proposal would impede workers' welfare.
Alan Tanjusay, the spokesperson of Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP), said in an interview on Dobol B in News TV on Saturday that their organization is rejecting the proposal.

Meanwhile, the Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) on Saturday said it was still studying whether the proposed two-year probationary period for employees would be beneficial.

"But normally six months is enough (in probationary period), but were still studying the bill if there is a good to extend the probationary," ECOP president Sergio Ortiz-Luis Jr. said in an interview on Dobol B in News TV aired on GMA News TV.


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