Capitol workers go through firm

Cebu Provincial Capitol building in Cebu City. (SunStar File)

EMPLOYEES who wish to continue or return to the Cebu Provincial Government would have to go through an assigned employment services company.

Starting Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, the Provincial Government will no longer hire temporary workers. However, those who were previously hired under job orders (JOs) may continue to serve the Capitol if they choose to be absorbed by the Manila-based LBP Services Corp., as part of the latter’s pool of outsourced employees.

Bids and awards committee and Provincial General Services Office officer-in-charge Bernard Calderon said Monday, Sept. 30, that around 1,084 JO workers were under performance review and evaluation by their respective department heads and the Provincial Human Resources and Management Office since last June.

This means that, out of 1,065 medical JO and contract of service workers, the services of around 972 were renewed last July 1.

The services of some 112 out of 417 non-medical JO personnel assigned to different Capitol departments were also renewed.

After assuming office last June 30, Garcia announced that, under her administration, the Capitol will be outsourcing its employees, especially for the district and provincial hospitals, to cut costs and downsize the “overstaffed” health institutions.

Outsourcing is the method of obtaining goods or services from an outside source in place of an internal source.

Calderon said the contracts of the shortlisted JO workers were renewed to cover the months of July, August and September, or until the Province could tap a service provider for outsourcing.

But since the governor and LBP officials already signed the memorandum of agreement on the outsourcing program last Sept. 26, the Capitol will no longer renew the contracts of JO workers.

“LBP can absorb the existing JOs and deploy them in the Capitol offices based on the recommendation of their respective department heads,” Calderon said.

LBP was the lowest responsive bidder for the P259.6 million contract to supply the Capitol with medical and non-medical personnel.

The Province’s outsourcing project has a total approved budget of P259.6 million, covering 12 months’ worth of services.

Of the amount, the Capitol has set aside P176.6 million for the 443 medical workers who will serve in provincial and district hospitals.

Some P82.9 million, on the other hand, will cover the services of 359 non-medical personnel.

The medical personnel that the Province needs are 120 nurses, 108 medical officers, 83 nursing attendants, 32 laboratory aides, 25 medical technologists, 18 midwives, 18 medical laboratory technicians, 13 pharmacists, nine medical equipment technicians, nine dental aides, six medical specialists and two nutritionists.

For the non-medical staff, those to be outsourced include 84 utility workers, 49 clerks, 44 agricultural technologists and 27 drivers, among others.


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