Garcia administration to retain more than 1k temporary workers

NEARLY half of the close to 3,000 temporary workers of the Cebu Provincial Government will be retained by the incoming administration of returning governor Gwen Garcia.

Garcia will assume the province’s top post at noon of Sunday, June 30, 2019.

According to lawyer Manolette Dinsay, a member of the governor-elect’s transition team, at least 1,000 shortlisted job order (JO) and casual workers will have to report to the Capitol at 8 a.m. Monday, July 1.

Retained medical personnel, on the other hand, may proceed to the provincial and district hospitals where they are assigned.

“New contracts will be issued to them,” Dinsay said.

The Provincial Government has close to 3,000 temporary workers.

More than half of those who will wait for their contracts to be renewed are some 1,600 employees in the provincial and district hospitals.

Records at the Provincial Human Resource Management Office showed that as of May 2019, the Capitol had over 4,000 employees, broken down as follows: 2,296 covered by job orders and contracts of service; 1,090 permanent workers; 626 casual employees; and 18 who are coterminous or whose employment ends with a change of leadership.

Earlier, Garcia’s camp advised JO and casual employees not to report for work starting July 1, unless a new JO and casual employment contract was extended to them.

The list of the first batch of some 167 shortlisted workers was posted outside of the Cebu CFI Community Cooperative building at the Capitol compound late afternoon Friday, June 28.

The second batch was released on Saturday, June 29, bearing the names of 40 temporary workers whose services were retained.

“The list posted on the board pertain to non-medical employees only. The names of medical-related (workers) were emailed to the respective chief of hospitals,” Dinsay said.

Some 825 medical personnel assigned in provincial and district hospitals and 11 employees of the Provincial Health Office based in Capitol will have to report on Monday.

Of last Saturday’s 40 shortlisted workers, 15 were medical personnel who were deployed to provincial and district hospitals although their initial appointment provided that they take base at the Capitol.

In an interview at the sidelines of the executive department’s turnover ceremony last Friday, Dinsay said the shortlisted JOs and casual employees were chosen based on necessity to ensure that vital services would not be hampered.

“Our guide is necessity and in determining necessity, our benchmark is the plantilla for both the medical and non-medical positions,” he added.


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