SIXTY outsourced personnel are looking after the Cebu Provincial Capitol.

But they are not security guards.

Capitol's security chief Loy Anthony Madrigal clarified that the personnel assigned to “guard” the Province are outsourced workers that do all-around tasks.

Madrigal said some of these personnel can do the job of a janitor and with the termination of Capitol's contract with Black Pearl security agency, some of the outsourced workers are doing the job of a security guard.

However, they are unarmed.

Capitol

Madrigal said 55 of these workers are assigned in district hospitals while only five were assigned at the Capitol.

They are temporarily the Province's security personnel since they have yet to be admitted by their respective department heads.

“I called Mr. Madrigal and said we need to consult the provincial administrator. So whether its the non-government organization or outsourced personnel, I don't know yet,” said Gov. Hilario Davide III of Capitol's security in the mean time.

The Civil Security Unit provides the armed security at the Capitol.

Davide believes that 60 outsourced personnel guarding Capitol are more than the security necessary.

Secure

But Madrigal believes 60 is just the right number considering the areas under the Province that need to be secured.

These 60 personnel can become permanent security guards if they apply with the winning security agency as the Capitol holds second round of bidding after Black Pearl's series of incidents highlighting company’s incompetence. (Rosedelyn S. Catalan, USJ-R Mass Com Intern)