Aquino administration to retain contractual gov't workers on holdover capacity

22:08, June 29, 2010      

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On its first day in office, the Aquino administration is expected to issue an Administrative Order (AO) that will authorize the temporary retention of thousands of workers in the bureaucracy whose services are supposed end on June 30.

Executive Secretary Leandro Mendoza said in an interview Tuesday after the Cabinet meeting that his counterpart, incoming Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. had informed him of the plan to "ensure that there is continuity in services, especially in frontline services."

"Tomorrow, he is going to issue an AO to address the concern of those whose services will be terminated by June 30. There will be a holdover. But the details will be specified in the AO," Mendoza said.

He said that the Arroyo administration, which has proposed the retention of the concerned government workers at least on a holdover capacity, welcomed the move as it would "ease the apprehension of our people."

Presidential Management Staff (PMS) Head Ma. Elena Bautista- Horn earlier said that the Arroyo transition team had provided the incoming administration with a list of vacancies in government, including 50,000 contractual employees whose contracts would end on June 30.

There are also 4,301 posts in management and executive positions that are co-terminus with the Arroyo administration.

At a news briefing earlier that day, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Rogelio Peyuan expressed hope that the Aquino administration would not begin its reign with "massive unemployment from government service itself" by keeping competent employees and officials who have served previous administrations.



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