Extend contractual workers’ service up to year’s end, solon suggests

Published April 21, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Ellson Quismorio

Saying they might not get renewed, Cagayan de Oro 2nd district Rep. Rufus Rodriguez is urging Malacañang to extend the services of contractual employees in the bureaucracy up to the end of the year.

Cagayan de Oro City 2nd District Representative Rufus Rodriguez (Rufus Rodriguez official Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN)
Cagayan de Oro City 2nd District Representative Rufus Rodriguez (Rufus Rodriguez official Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN)

Citing data from the Civil Service Commission (CSC), Rodriguez said there are about 700,000 personnel hired via the so-called job-order (JO) or contract-of-service (COS) arrangement.

“May I endorse their request for the contracts of these workers to be securely extended until Dec. 31, 2020. This will provide security to them in these uncertain times,” he said in his letter to President Duterte.

“With the current COVID-19 situation, the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Luzon and lockdowns happening all over the country, it is becoming clear that there is a very strong possibility that the contracts of these employees may not be renewed or extended,” Rodriguez, chairman of the House Committee on Constitutional Amendments, pointed out.

The Philippines is among the countries hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic in Southeast Asia as far as the number of infections is concerned, with over 6,400 positive cases as per the Department of Health (DOH).

For context, the country had only 307 confirmed cases last March 21, or just a month ago.

Rodriguez informed the President in his letter that the Workers of Government Movement in Cagayan de Oro City has sought his help in having the services of contractual personnel retained after the expiration of their contracts.

He said contractual employees are not covered by civil service law and do not enjoy the benefits of regular personnel. Their contracts are good for six months only, subject to renewal.

Rodriguez noted that government agencies have funds in their budgets for contractual personnel.

The agencies can also seek Malacañang’s approval to use government savings during the ECQ to extend the service of these employees, he said.