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ANTIPOLO City, Feb. 26, 2012—Anakpawis Partylist blamed contractual labor on the sudden rise of unemployment in the Philippines, as shown by the latest survey of the private statistics firm, Social Weather Stations.
Anakpawis executive president Joel B. Maglungsod in a statement said that the 24 percent unemployment rate is but a proof of the failed labor policies being implemented by the Benigno C. Aquino III administration, which includes contractual labor.
The SWS survey states that 10 percent of the labor force lost jobs in 2011 due to retrenchments, seven percent of which were due to unrenewed contract. Victims of company closure and termination represent the two and one percent of the unemployed in 2011, respectively, the SWS survey said.
“The government’s policy of labor contractualization deprives our workers their right to security of tenure making them vulnerable to such retrenchments and lay-offs. Contractual or casual workers, who already comprise majority of our workforce, are always in fear of losing their jobs anytime, whether they finish their contract or not,” the former solon said.
On the other hand, Anakpawis pushes for the legislation of House Bill No. 5110 or the Regular Employment Act that will prevent contractual labor in the country. The said bill is still pending in the House of Representatives. [Noel Sales Barcelona/CBCPNews]