Capitol reorganization up for PB deliberation

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Monday, February 24, 2014


THE Provincial Board will meet on Wednesday, February 26, to deliberate on the proposed reorganization at the Capitol, an official said.

Negros Occidental Second District Board Member Miller Serondo, chairman of the committee on personnel, said they will be joined by stakeholders including the president of the Provincial Alliance of Capitol Employees and the committee on reorganization from the executive branch.

Serondo said the Provincial Board has already approved on first reading the endorsement of Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. for the proposed Capitol reorganization.

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For the proposed reorganization, he said not all positions at the Provincial Government will be declared vacant.

“This is just a partial reorganization because there are certain departments that maybe merged with other offices as well as some offices may also be created,” Serondo said.

He said that after the deliberation, the ordinance will not be passed immediately for second reading as there is still a need for it to be studied thoroughly.

The proposed reorganization has been pushed by Marañon during his first term to streamline the personnel set-up of Provincial Government but at the same time directed at improving services to the people.

The Provincial Government had hired the services of Manila-based private firm CPRM Consultants Inc. to evaluate its workforce and make recommendations regarding the proposed reorganization.

The last reorganization of the Capitol workforce took place more than 10 years ago under the administration of former Governor Rafael Coscolluela.

In August last year, the governor said that the reorganization would mean hiring of more personnel such as doctors and nurses due to the expansion district hospitals in the province.

Marañon also said that employees of offices that will be dissolved could be transferred to other departments if they are qualified.

The affected employees may apply for new job openings, if they are qualified, or avail of an early retirement package that will be offered.

Among the earlier recommendations is the phasing out of the Provincial Cooperative Office and a fusion of divisions within the department itself, like the Office for Sports that would be fused with the Panaad Park Office.

The provincial library will be merged with the Public Information Office (PIO) and the Lagoon Park Office will be placed under the General Services Office.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on February 24, 2014.

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