More than 700 Capitol JO workers under review

MORE than 700 job order (JO) workers of Negros Occidental Provincial Government are under review following the alleged existence of ghost employees.

A ghost employee is someone included in the payroll, but does not work in the office or company.

Provincial Accountant Merle Fortu said Wednesday that Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. issued a memorandum, directing the department heads to submit the status report of the JOs detailed in their respective offices from January 1 to December 31 last year.

She added they have until Friday, February 24, to submit the report, which includes employment details of the JO workers.

Fortu said they are creating a profile, which will be compared to their supporting documents.

“The issue here is if they were able to deliver when they were working as JO employees and if they have valid accomplishment reports. What we’re trying to establish here is if they have accomplishments,” Fortu said.

She said they are expecting to have initial findings by the second week of March.

Fortu explained that the Capitol is hiring JOs to fill the unfilled positions due to the ongoing reorganization.

She said the Capitol had been “very particular” with the hiring of JOs due to the strategic performance management system.

“Aligned with that is to define the permanent work, seasonal work, and work fit for JO employees,” she added.

“We count on the integrity of the department head to be able to defend the need (of their respective offices) because in the end, they are accountable to the governor and the public,” Fortu said.

Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson commended Fortu for leading the “review” as the provincial government will not allow any ghost employees.

If the review yielded positive results, Lacson said the action will be taken.
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