The Senate Bill (S.B.) 1826 entitled “An Act Strengthening Workers Right to Security of Tenure” was certified as urgent by President Rodrigo Duterte last 21st of September 2018. This is to eradicate "contractualization" and labor-only contracting practices in the country” – the major cause of the increasing unemployment rate and the persistence of poverty in the country.
As an organization that advocates on the emerging issues and concerns that affect the academe, AASHPI together with its partner, Estrada & Aquino Law through its Managing Partner, Atty. Joseph Noel Estrada, lobbied for recognition in the ENDO Bill the special nature of employment of academic personnel, and the preservation of the applicable terms and conditions provided under existing special education laws and policies.
Last January 30, 2019, a meeting to clarify the terms of employment of teachers at the office of Senator Joel Villanueva took place. AASHPI Executive Director, Ms. Jocelyn P. Tizon and AASHPI President, Dr. Susan T. Mostajo together with other AASHPI officers - Dr. B’julah Silva, Dr. Salvador Tumaca, Ms. Luz Arlyn S. Chavez and Ms. Ami Salanguit - met with Atty. Estrada and the legal staff of Senator Villanueva – Atty. Simoun Salinas and Atty. Earla Langit. Other relevant issues in the academe were also discussed.
On the same day, AASHPI signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Estrada and Aquino Law. Together, with Atty. Joseph Noel Estrada, AASHPI will pursue its mission in making a stand on relevant human resource issues affecting schools.