Contractualization in Gov’t Increasing

Anti-employee issuances

Gaite further disclosed that there were issuances by former CSC chairperson Karina Constantino-David that made it more difficult for non-career service personnel to obtain a regular or CS status.

In 2007, she issued the CSC Memorandum Circular No. 06 s. 2007 or the Revised Policies on Change Status of Appointment from Temporary to Permanent – Invoking the Supreme Court ruling on permanent appointments, which says, “…since a permanent appointment is not a continuation of the temporary appointment, the CSC had decided to promulgate CSC Resolution No. 07-0629 dated 4 April 2007, thus adopting the revised policies and guidelines on change of status of appointment from temporary to permanent of government employees…”

“This only means that even though you are qualified for a reappointment, you still need to pass a series of career service tests, interviews and other requirements before acquiring permanent status, despite the number of years you’ve worked and the experiences and expertise that you have accumulated,” Gaite further explained.

Pending legislations

While there are pending legislations, like Sen. Antonio F. Trillanes IV’s Senate Bill No. 1706 which aims to grant civil service eligibility to those government employees whose status of appointment is casual or contractual but have rendered a total of 10 years of efficient service, the problem is that it requires 10 years of efficient service unlike what the Labor Code provides, Gaite added.

This bill of Trillanes has been pending in the Senate Civil Service and Government Reorganization Committee since Nov. 5, 2007 and up to this day, there is still no information on when deliberations on the bill would begin.

Meanwhile, Gabriela Women’s Party (GWP) Reps. Liza Largoza-Maza and Luzviminda Ilagan have recently filed House Resolution No. 795 to probe deeper into the issue of contractualization in the government. Bulatlat

N. B.: All tables and graphs are lifted from the 2004 Inventory of Personnel/Civil Service Commission.

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