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    Government contractuals to get 2-year job extension, better pay

    MANILA, Philippines – Government contractual workers can now look forward to some good news as the government seeks to provide them with benefits and longer job extensions.
    Government contractuals to get 2-year job extension, better pay

    Three government agencies worked together to come up with the details and guidelines that will greatly benefit Job Order (JO) and Contract of Service (COS) workers in the government.

    The Joint Circular (JC) No. 1 has recently been amended by the Civil Service Commission (CSC), the Commission on Audit (COA), and the Department of Budget and Management, as announced on Monday, November 12.

    Government contractuals to get 2-year job extension, better pay
    Good news to Job Order (JO) and Contract of Service (COS) workers in the government!

    Government contractuals to get 2-year job extension, better pay
    Good news to Job Order (JO) and Contract of Service (COS) workers in the government!

    Longer job extension

    Previously, renewal of individual contracts of existing Contract of Service or Job Order workers was only until December 31, 2018. With the recent amendment to JC No. 1, government agencies can now renew qualified contracts up to 2 more years or until December 31, 2020.

    Better pay

    The salaries of COS and JO workers will now be “equivalent to the daily salary or wage of those in comparable positions in government,” starting January 2019.

    The contractual workers should also expect to receive a “premium of up to 20% of the salary or wage.” It may be paid in monthly, lump sum or in tranches depending on their government agency.

    Qualified for appointment

    Under the JC No.1, even contractual workers should be qualified for appointment to vacant positions in their government agencies. This will be subject to existing civil service laws, rules, and regulations, and Merit Selection Plans approved by the CSC.

    The DBM states in a press release that the changes were made to the JC was issued “in order not to impair the delivery of public services”.

    — Sally, The Summit Express

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