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Palace to find out if contractual jobs do exist in gov’t

While it was quick to seek an end to contractual employment in the private sector, Malacañang is still planning to study such kind of employment reportedly prevalent in the bureaucracy.

“It has to be studied first. It has to be looked into first by the appropriate office,” Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella said in a Palace press briefing.

Abella made the remarks when asked how the government intends to stop contractual employment happening in its own backyard.

Sen. Ralph G. Recto earlier called the attention of the Palace to resolve its problem of huge number of casual employees in the government.

Recto claimed the government has implemented rampant hiring schemes such as “job order,” “emergency hiring,” and “Memorandum of Agreement” which are all synonyms for “endo-prone employment.”

He said it was about time these employees with civil service eligibility should be given regular employment following years of service in government.

Last Monday, President Duterte warned large companies to stop contractualization or face immediate closure.

Duterte has threatened to close down companies, including a large shopping mall, if they do not stop contractualization.

The President asked the companies to no longer wait to be caught by the Labor department and instead provide job tenure and appropriate compensation to their employees.

“Huwag na ninyo akong hintayin na mahuli ko kayo because I will be unforgiving. You will not only lose your money, you will lose your pants,” the President said in a recent press conference at the Palace. (GENALYN D. KABILING)

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