Pres. Aquino to stop ‘job order’ in government agencies

April 30, 2014 6:06 am 

By Jelly F. Musico

MANILA, April 29 (PNA) – President Benigno Aquino III on Tuesday directed Executive Secretary Paquito Jr. to look into the ‘job order’ practice in the government agencies particularly in the Department of Public Works and Highway (DPWH).

The President made the directive in response to the complaint of alleged massive contractualization in the government during his nearly two-hour pre-Labor Day Dialogue with labor group leaders at the Heroes Hall in Malacanang.

”Make questionaires for all departments and ask them if there are job order still existing and contractualization and the justification for such. Then submit the findings to me and from the findings we will then stop this practice,” the President told Ochoa.

President Aquino said job order should only be practiced during the emergency situation like what happened in the Yolanda-ravaged areas.

The President said he will clarify with DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson the allegation that some 2,500 public works casual employees are being forced to sign job order.

”I can’t believe that Babes Singson will allow this kind of system but I will ask him right away and I’m expecting answer from him this afternoon,” President Aquino said.

President Aquino said if there is a need to call his whole Cabinet, he will do it to review the job order practice.

More than 30 labor group leaders attended the dialogue with President Aquino and aired their grievances and recommendations on the labor-related issues such as security of tenure, high cost of power, tax concerns and extra judicial killings.

The labor leaders thanked the President for providing them avenue to foster greater cooperation among various groups in order to better serve the Filipino workforce.

The Cabinet members including Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo were also present and gave their commitment to address the issues raised by the labor groups.

Secretaries Florencio Abad of Budget, Jericho Petilla of Energy, Arsenio Balisacan of National Economic Development as well as Cabinet Secretary Rene Almendras, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Sonny Coloma, Internal Revenue commissioner Kim Henares and Civil Service Commission chairman Francisco Duque III also attended the dialogue.

In celebration of Labor Day, the President will visit various manufacturing facilties at the end of the week.

Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the President will attend a series of events in Laguna where “the revitalization of our manufacturing sector has been most evident in recent years.”

The President will then visit Bohol province on May 2 to assess the province’s progress in terms of labor and employment after last year’s strong earthquake. (PNA)



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