By CHARISSA M. LUCI
A party list lawmaker has filed a bill granting security of tenure to contractual and casual employees of government who have rendered at least three years of continuous and efficient service.
AANGAT TAYO party list Rep. Harlin Neil Abayon III filed House Bill 5094 which provides that all government employees who have rendered at least three years of continuous and efficient service shall be entitled to security of tenure.
However, they shall not be entitled to promotion until such time that they shall have obtained the appropriate eligibility equivalency requirement for that position, he said.
“The State shall harness its workers to survive the challenges brought about by the rapid economic development and population growth. Government workers shall be given social justice and security of tenure,” Abayon said.
He reminded that Section 3 of Article XIII of the Constitution clearly provides that country’s laborers shall be entitled to security of tenure, humane conditions of work and a living wage.
They shall also participate in policy and decision-making processes affecting their rights and benefits as may be provided by law, he said, citing the 1987 Charter.
“Contractual and casual employees of the government are part of the civil service laws and are entitled also to security of tenure. Their services are being renewed after certain period, thus clearly implies the necessity of their service in the government,” he said.
HB 5094 mandates the Civil Service Commission (CSC) to promulgate the rules and regulations to implement the proposed Act.