Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Remollo reminded yesterday City Hall employees that to be in government is a privilege, and those who don't have the heart to serve should go to the private sector.
He issued the statement as the local government unit celebrates the 117th Civil Service Commission Month with activities lined up for the whole month to culminate on Sept. 29.
He wanted to put a stop to employees getting promoted because they are “sip-sip” or are close friends with certain officials. The mayor assured them that the key to promotion is hard work, and being loyal to the assigned job, coupled with the right qualification and proper work attitude.
Under the Remollo administration, reforms are being instituted to professionalize the service, one of which is addressing the mismatch vis-à-vis the actual job description and the set skills of every employee to give him or her the dignity of work, part of the dress code is the wearing of barongs on a designated working day of the week, it has started filling up vacant positions which were left vacant due to retirement or resignation, started to computerize the release of salaries through the ATM, it has negotiated with certain banks for the buying out of debts of city hall employees, and signed a memorandum of agreement with the Social Security System for the enrolment of job order and casual plantilla employees, among others.
Remollo said the filling up of vacant positions gives opportunity to rank and file personnel to be promoted, because these positions are already funded.
Councilor Lilani Ramon, chair of the SP committee on personnel and who sits in the personnel selection board, stressed that the only thing the Remollo administration can promise is to stop the bad tradition of running after employees who are not supportive of the victorious mayor, and to stop the bad tradition of implementing mass layoffs of job order employees who are identified with the other camp.*JG
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