Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte has mandated all personnel of their city government to get the COVID-19 vaccines or face the possibility of being sanctioned.
Duterte made this through an executive order she issued in a bid to mitigate the spread of coronavirus in the metropolis.
Signed on September 15, Executive Order No. 45 covers all those holding plantilla positions, personnel hired via job order (JO) and contract of service (COS), and even volunteers for COVID-19 management who are required to have themselves vaccinated.
“Department Heads and Chiefs-of-Offices, through their respective Administrative Officers, shall ensure that all personnel assigned in their offices are fully vaccinated on or before November 30, 2021,” she added.
Employees of Davao City government who will refuse to be inoculated will face sanctions, including dismissal from service on their second offense, the mayor warned.
“Full vaccination for COVID-19 shall be made mandatory to all personnel of the City Government of Davao. This shall include plantilla, job order, contract of service, and volunteers.,” she said in a three-page order.
Mayor Inday Sara has tasked the Human Resource Management Office (HRMO) to coordinate with the Davao City COVID-19 Task Force Vaccination Cluster in organizing and scheduling the vaccination of all city government personnel.
Under the Executive Oder, which immediately took effect once signed, personnel who refuses to get inoculated shall be meted with the following sanctions:
• For plantilla personnel: They shall be held administratively liable for Insubordination and shall be penalized by suspension of one (1) month and one (1) day to six (6) months for the first offense; and dismissal from the service for the second offense, pursuant to Section 50 (d) of the 20I7 Rules on Administrative Cases in The Civil Service (2017 RACCS).
• For job order, contract of service and volunteers: The City Government of Davao shall prioritize the hiring of job order, contract of service, and volunteers who are fully vaccinated. An employee, however, may be excused from the mandatory vaccination if his/her name is endorsed by the Vaccine Cluster Head to HRMO as exempted due to medical reason that is listed as a contraindication in all the available vaccines. “No other reason for exemption shall be allowed,” the EO stated. The HRMO will monitor and validate the vaccination of all city government personnel, together with the COVID-19 Task Force Vaccination Cluster Data Management Team.