The Department of Budget (DBM) and the Commission on Adult (COA) have set an extension upon the hiring of government agencies for contractual and job workers until the end of 2022. This extension amends the certainty of the agencies to serve to the public despite the impact of the current health crisis, COVID19, upon the operations of government agencies.
Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado said that they OK-ed regulations of the Joint Circular concerning the contract of service jobs in the Philippine government.
The Chairman of COA and I have already approved the Joint Circular Number 2, Series of 2020 upon the updated rules and regulations governing contract of services and job orders in the government.”
Does the Circular Need Updating?
Yes! It currently needs updating because of the fact that it’ll be better for the public sector workers in the country. As a matter of fact, in the update, it states there that there’s a need, and rather, an urgent one to update the policies.
According to the Joint Circular No. 2, the DBM and COA acknowledged that “there is a need to update the existing policies on the engagement of COS (contract of service) and JO (job order) workers to ensure the smooth, effective, and efficient delivery of services to the public,” in response to the “challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, affecting the operations of government agencies.”
Due to this, the COA contractual hiring is extended. Hiring and services alike of COS and JO workers were initially up until December 31, 2020. Until when it is effective now?
However due to the recent issuance of the DBM-COA joint circular, government agencies, government-owned or controlled corporations (GOCCs), constitutional bodies, and state universities and colleges (SUC) have now been allowed permission to engage the services of COS or JO workers through individual contracts as well as renew the individual contracts of their existing COS/JO workers December 31, 2022.
This is a big leap, a big jump from where it was before.
Budget of Agencies
The usage or the utilization budget of government agencies experienced a decline during the first seven months of 2020, the DBM said. According to their database, government agencies spent an amount worth of P2.55 trillion out of the P2.72 trillion that was released under Notice of Cash Allocation (NCA) starting from January to September.
This utilization is equal to a ratio of 94 percent. This utilization is certainly lower than from the 97 percent of utilization budget used from last year.
Meanwhile, the Department of National Defense (DND), the judiciary and COA experienced a 100 percent budget utilization ratio.
The DND used P176.63 billion out of its P177.23-billion allocation; the judiciary, P29.62 billion out of P29.63 billion; and the CoA, P8.47 billion out of P8.5 billion.
Four (4) agencies experienced a 99-percent utilization rate.
Among these are the Department of the Interior and Local Government or the DILG, using P200.06 billion out of P201.95 billion; the Department of Public Works and Highways or the DPWH, P306.86 billion out of P310.11 billion; the Civil Service Commission or the CSC, P1.31 billion out of P1.33 billion; and the Commission on Human Rights, P589.62 million off of the P594.80 million they have.
Do you agree with the fact that the COA contractual hiring is extended now? Moreover, what is your opinion on the budget of agencies? Could this enhance and/or develop the current situation employees and workers are in?