Proposal To Extend Probationary Period From Six Months To Two Years Rejected By Labor Secretary

Labor Sec. Silvestre Bello III said it’s too long and that it might lead to illegal contractual agreements.
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Labor Sec. Silvestre Bello III said he doesn’t support the recent proposal to extend the maximum probationary period of workers from six months to two years. “It’s too long. That is no longer in keeping with our policy of security of tenure,” he said, according to ABS-CBN News.

“Is six months not enough to determine the qualification of the prospective worker? If you cannot know [him/her] in two days, you will never know [him/her].” Bello also expressed concerns that the measure might lead to illegal contractual agreements.

Jose "Bonito" Singson Jr., the representative of Probinsyano Ako party list, filed House Bill 4802, according to GMA News Online. He said the six-month probationary period is not enough time for employers to assess if the employee should be regularized, especially if specialized skills are required. 

To the employee’s benefit, Singson said, “This measure will also provide an opportunity for the probationary employees to have continuous employment for more than six months, which will enable them to qualify for some of the mandatory benefits under existing laws.”

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However, Luis Manuel Corral, the vice president of the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines, said in a Bandila report, “Two years na wala kang security. Pinapalawak mo ang pamamalakad ng abuso.”

The proposal is currently pending before the House Committee on Labor and Employment, according to GMA News Online. 

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