NEGROS Occidental Provincial Budget Officer Jose Percival Salado Jr. said the Provincial Government may no longer hire job order (JO) workers next year in the wake of complaints on unpaid salaries.
It's either the province will upgrade the status of JOs to contractual employees, or totally abolish them, Salado said.
This is to encourage regular and contractual employees to perform well, and not to depend on JOs to do their respective works, he added.
However, Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. pointed out that once the employees become regular, some of them tend to become lazy.
For its part, the Progressive Alliance of Capitol Employees (Pace) said it is the Provincial Government's discretion to abolish JO workers.
"As a workers' union, we sympathize with them and their families, but we remain to respect the prerogative of the provincial government," Pace spokesman Renelo Lastierre said Wednesday.
He pointed out that JOs have no employee-employer relationship with the province, and are not union members.
"We believe the province knows whether they still need the JOs or they are just do a duplication of jobs which may also be performed by regular employees," he added.