No strong legislations vs. contractualization in government
Although there are laws aiming to grant civil service eligibility to the likes of Mang Rollly, these proved to be futile.
One of these is Republic Act No. 6850, which sought to grant civil service eligibility, under certain conditions, to government employees under provisional or temporary status who have served for at least seven years. Authored by former Sen. Santanina Rasul, the law was enacted in February 1990.
“Although it promised to regularize contractual employees, the law obviously failed. Moreover, it is premised on seven years of service, which is even longer than what the Labor Code provides for – six months of employment,” said Gaite.
He added, “The issue is also not merely career service eligibility but recognition of their length of service, the duties that they diligently perform despite the meager pay and benefits denied them. It is appalling given that there are top officials appointed not on the basis of merit and fitness but merely on their strong relations to people in power. These political appointees have persisted and increased in number, but contractual employees who have given the best productive years of their lives in service have remained unrecognized and worst, their rights have been violated.
“The implementation of Executive Order No. 366 or the government rationalization program (on Oct. 2, 2004) immediately targeted the casuals and contractuals. The Office of the President arbitrarily ended the contracts of more than 50 ‘lump-sum’ employees or those employed by the past administrations whose contracts were being renewed on a monthly basis. Then came the contractuals whose Christmas was not spared when they were told not to report to work anymore days before Christmas in 2007,” the militant leader lamented.