MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) announced on Monday, Nov.12, their amended Joint Circular No.1, series of 2017 together with Civil Service Commission (CSC), and Commission on Audit (COA).
The amended version provides for the following:
Agencies are allowed to get new contract of service (COS) and job order (JO) workers and to renew existing contracts until December 31, 2020.
Starting January 1, 2019, the salaries of COS and JO workers will be equivalent to the daily salary or wage of those in the same positions in government.
JO workers will also get a premium of up to 20% of the salary or wage.It may be paid monthly, in lump sum, or in tranches. This will be according to the contract they have with the government agency that hired them.
Existing COS and JO workers who are qualified will be considered for appointment to vacant positions of government agencies but will be subject to existing civil service laws, rules, and regulations, and Merit Selection Plans approved by the CSC.
With these amendments the contractual workers in government can look forward to an extended employment, and even get assigned to possible regular positions, in the next two years.
The extension of current contracts will serve as transitory period, while the 3 agencies will finalize the rules and continue to serve the public.