Padilla’s Senate bill seeks to regularize contractual govt workers

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 9) – Senator Robin Padilla has filed a bill seeking to regularize contractual workers employed by the government for at least five years.

Senate Bill No. 234 aims to grant civil service eligibility to government contractual workers occupying first-level career civil service positions in the clerical, trades, and custodial service involving non-professional or sub-professional work in a non-supervisory or supervisory capacity.

They will be regularized if they do not have any administrative or criminal case and have not been discharged from the military or dismissed from any civilian position.

“It is high time that we grant eligibility to our committed casual or contractual employees of the government in order to open opportunities for higher salaried positions, boost their morale and keep them motivated, and enhance their productivity to the benefit of the public,” Padilla said in the bill’s explanatory note.

Padilla cited data from the Civil Service Commission (CSC) showing that 660,390 of the 2.4 million government workers were under “contract of service” or “job order” in 2017.

“Most of our casual or contractual government employees cannot seek regular employment because they are not civil service eligible,” he said.

Padilla clarified that for other “qualified individuals,” there are special laws and orders mandating the CSC to grant civil service eligibility like the Bar/Board eligibility, Barangay Health Worker Eligibility, Barangay Nutrition Scholar Eligibility, Barangay Official Eligibility, Electronic Data Processing Specialist Eligibility, Foreign School Honor Graduate Eligibility, Honor Graduate Eligibility, Sanggunian Member Eligibility, Scientific and Technological Specialist Eligibility, Skills Eligibility Category II, and Veteran Preference Rating.