Congressman Michael “Mike” Defensor said on Sunday, March 13 that he will grant the permanent status of the long-time employees of the Quezon City hall if he wins the mayoral bid.
“The Quezon City government’s long-time contractual workers deserve to be regularized so that they can enjoy security of tenure and receive allowances as well as bonuses, including the 13th month pay,” he said.
“We are absolutely committed to regularizing them. It would be grossly unfair to continue to deprive them of the benefits of permanent employment,” he added.
Defensor reiterated that the local government has generated savings every year from the expense of long-time contractual employees.
“In Quezon City, we have many local government-employed daycare teachers who have been at their jobs for more than 10 years, and yet they are still under service contracts. This is unacceptable,” Defensor said.
“Our daycare teachers serve as second parents. They are indispensable to the early development of our children,” he added.
Currently, the Quezon City government has 13,376 contractual workers in addition to its 6,000 plantilla position employees.