28 Feb DSWD-Northern Mindanao Pushes For Regularization of J.O. & Contractual Workers
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DWSD) in Northern Mindanao together with its Social Welfare Employees Association of the Philippines (Sweap), has now demanded the regularization of all contractual and job order workers in all government agencies.
According to a report by Sunstar CDO, the DSWD/Sweap wants to stop the implementation of Joint Circular No. 1, series of 2017, of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Civil Service Commission (CSC) and the Commission on Audit (COA). Which allows the contract renewal of the existing contract of service (COS) and JO workers only until December 31, 2018.
Morena Fernandez, president of Sweap-Northern Mindanao stated that they strongly oppose this joint circular. Because if implemented, the government will hire workers through private agencies starting 2019, which is a great disadvantage for contractual and J.O. employees in terms of salary.
“Employment of the COS and JOs in 2019 will be via a private agency. Since we have a procurement law that mandates the government to pick the lowest bidder, their salaries will expectedly be low as well,” Fernandez said.
In addition to this, Oliver Inodeo, 4Ps informational officer of DSWD-Northern Mindanao wants to remind President Rodrigo Duterte on his promise regarding the regularization of the contractual and JO workers.
“Kung ang ating pangulo ay nag promise na regularisasyon sa ating mga job orders, dapat ipagtotoo na ito (When the President promised for the regularization of the job orders, it should be done). He must be true to his pronouncement na dapat i-regularized kasi qualified naman ito based on the Civil Service Law ang mga workers na to, so yun po ang pinu-push ng Sweap region 10 ng DSWD (that the contractual and JO workers should be regularized because based on the Civil Service Law, they are qualified. So, that’s what the Sweap-Northern Mindanao of DSWD would like to push through),” Inodeo said.
Source: Sunstar CDO