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Lawmaker seeks to empower contractual workers in government

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  • Mhike R. C.
  • 8 years ago

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVESBataan 1st district representative Geraldine B. Roman recently filed a bill that mandates to empower the contractual government employees who possess appropriate eligibilities and qualifications.

Congresswoman Roman’s House Bill No. 3465 is “THE ACT MANDATING ALL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES, OFFICES AND INSTRUMENTALITIES TO EVALUATE AND CONSIDER QUALIFIED CONTRACTUAL WORKERS FOR APPOINTMENT TO PERMANENT POSITIONS.”    

The Civil Service Commission recently reported that almost 128,000 contractual or non-permanent government employees help run the bureaucracy. The report said that a majority of them have been in the civil service for years yet they do not enjoy the security of tenure of a permanent government employee because of contractualization.

“What’s even more hurtful for our contractual employees is that whenever there are vacancies in government positions, new applicants are sometimes considered over active contractual employees who are equally qualified and have been faithfully serving the agency or office for years,” Roman lamented.

Roman’s bill aims to consider the appointment of contractual government employees to permanent positions if they possess the appropriate eligibilities and qualifications, provided that they have continuously and satisfactorily rendered service to the government for at least one year. It also seeks to institutionalize prior consideration of the contractual government employees’ appointment to permanent positions before the agency looks for applicants with the same qualifications from outside agency or office.

“All things being equal, preferential consideration must be given to qualified contractual employees over new applicants,” Roman added.

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