City contractual workers terminated by Dec. 31

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

DAVAO City administrator lawyer Melchor V. Quitain ordered the termination of all the City Government employees under contract service/job orders (JO) effective December 31.

In a memorandum dated December 17, Quitain directed all department heads/chiefs of offices and officers-in-charge to inform all JOs and contract of services in their respective offices not to report for work starting January 1, 2014.

"No payment of salaries and wages shall be made for services rendered after the expiration date, unless a duly approved contract of services/job orders is issued to this effect," the memorandum read.

Quitain also advised these personnel "to clear themselves of money and property accountabilities, to support payment of his/her last salary."

Copies of the memorandum were furnished to all departments for guidance and reference.

In a phone interview, Human Resource and Management Office (HRMO) chief Erwin Alparaque said the termination of services of the all JOs/contract of services every end of the year is a "prescribed policy".

"However, department heads may still request the city mayor, through the city administrator, to allow these personnel to report for work until January 1 to January 2 if their services are necessary," he told Sun.Star Davao.

Alparaque said the City Government has approximately 8,000 JOs/contract of services, including auxiliary workers.

He said there are offices in the City Government that need the services of the JOs and contract of services due to its "scope of functions and mandated services."

He cited the offices of Traffic Management Center, City Health Office, Central 911, City Environment and Natural Resources Office, revenue generating offices like City Treasurer's Office and Business Bureau for the renewal of business permits in January next year.

"So they (department heads) can still ask the mayor. In fact, starting this morning, we received formal requests from department heads," he said yesterday.

Alparaque said they will still review these requests for formal recommendation to the city mayor.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 20, 2013.

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