Press Release
May 1, 2018

Sen. Bam joins Filipino workers' call to end endo

On Labor Day, Senator Bam Aquino urged the President to fulfil his campaign promise to end the practice of unjust "endo" or end of contract in the country, saying he is willing to work on and support sound legislation on the issue.

"Maraming manggagawa ang umaasa sa pangakong ito. Huwag sana itong mauwi sa pangakong napako," said Sen. Bam, adding that Filipinos need job security and deserve to be regularized.

Sen. Bam expressed willingness to help the administration to put a stop to endo through legislation, stressing that being in the opposition doesn't prohibit him from working for the sake of the workers' welfare.

"Basta't para sa ikabubuti ng taumbayan, handa kaming magtrabaho at sumuporta," said Sen. Bam, the principal sponsor of the free college and free internet laws - two major reforms of the Duterte Administration.

"Ayaw nating manatiling pangarap na lang ang inaasam ng marami nating mga kababayan na magkaroon regular na trabaho," Sen. Bam added.

In the 17th Congress, Sen. Bam has filed several measures concerning the welfare of Filipino workers, including overseas Filipino workers, military reservists and freelancers.

Senate Bill No. 1698 or the Reservist Employment Rights Act, principally sponsored and co-authored by Sen. Bam has hurdled third and final reading in the Senate. It provides job security and other benefits for military reservists in return for their service to the country.

Sen. Bam also filed Senate Bill No. 648 or the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipino Assistance Act to boost support for the OFW community and the families they leave back home. If passed into law, the measure integrates programs on livelihood, entrepreneurship, savings, investments and financial literacy to the existing efforts of embassies to equip OFWs with knowledge to start their own business.

Sen. Bam submitted Senate Bill No. 351 or the Freelancers Protection Act to protect the rights and welfare of freelancers. The bill gives freelancers the power to demand from their employer what they are rightfully due under their agreement.

In his almost five years in the Senate, Sen. Bam has 19 laws to his name, including the landmark free college law and the Go Negosyo Act, which has now established over 800 Negosyo Centers in the country.

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