Rule on renewal of government casual employees issued

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012


GOVERNMENT agency heads are allowed to renew the appointments of personnel on casual basis as well as the contracts of those under contractual or consultancy status but for a period not beyond one month after the approval of the formers' respective rationalization plans or June 30, 2012, whichever comes first.

The authority to renew appointments and/or contracts is as per Circular Letter 2011-14 of the Department of Budget and Management, which sets the guidelines on the filling of positions or hiring of personnel under Executive Order (EO) 366 or the government's rationalization program.

Signed by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on October 4, 2004 and which was never rescinded by President Benigno Aquino III, the EO directs a strategic review of the operations and organizations of the executive branch and provides options and incentives for government employees who may be affected by the rationalization of the functions and agencies of the executive branch.

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The EO covers all departments and agencies, and their component units/ bureaus, including all corporations, boards, task forces, councils, commissions and all other agencies as well as government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs) and government financial institutions (GFIs).

The DBM circular was issued to provide the continuing moratorium on the filling of vacant regular/permanent/itemized positions and the hiring of new casuals/contractual, including personnel on consultancy/emergent/contract of service/job order basis, while their respective rationalization plans (RPs) have yet been approved.

"The temporary suspension shall not apply to teaching positions, medical and allied medical items in hospitals and other medical facilities servicing agency clients as well as to uniformed positions in the departments of National Defense, the Interior and Local Government, Transportation and Communications as well as Environment and Natural Resources,” the circular added.

It also prohibits the reappointment or reemployment of government personnel who opted to retire or be separated from service under EO 366 in any agency of the executive branch, including GOCCs/GFIs, on a regular, contractual or casual basis for a period of five years.

This excludes those engaged as teaching or medical staff in educational institutions and hospitals or hired as a consultant/contract of service/job order personnel where there is no employer-employee relationship...with reemployment in any branch of government to be considered as new entry to the civil service.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on January 11, 2012.

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