Anti-‘Endo’ campaign moves forward in Bicol


The campaign to end “Endo” gained traction in the Bicol region following the move of the Cua Group of Companies to voluntarily regularize 231 of its workers.

The workers come from the Catanduanes firm’s businesses in shipping, dockside work, and office management.

The positive development brought to 552 to the number of contractual workers in Bicol who have now been absorbed by principal employers.

“It means that we are on the right track in addressing this Endo issue here in Bicol,” DOLE-Bicol officer-in-charge Ma. Karina Perida-Trayvilla said, referring to the absorption made by the Cua Group of Companies.

Endo is short for “end of contract,” or basically the five-month cycle that contractual workers endlessly go through without the benefits of regularization.

President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to end that system.

Christine Cua, vice president for finance of the Cua Group of Companies, said they had hoped to become a role model in the business community when they regularized their workers.

“We want to show to Catanduanes our sincerity in upholding the security of tenure of our workers,” she said.