MANILA – Government agencies may continue to use contract of service (COS) and job order (JO) workers until Dec. 31, 2020, according to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).
The Civil Service Commission (CSC), Commission on Audit (COA), and DBM amended the Joint Circular No.1, s. 2017, allowing the hiring and renewal of contracts of existing COS and JO workers until the end of 2020.
“This transitory period is to ensure that delivery of public services will not be impaired,” the DBM said in a statement released on Monday.
Furthermore, Starting January 1, 2019, COS and JO workers would be paid salaries or wages equivalent to the daily salary or wage of comparable positions in the government and a premium of up to 20 percent of the salary or wage.
Government agencies may release the premium payment to COS and JO workers monthly, in lump sum, or in tranches, and should be charged to the Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) of the agency’s approved budget.
Moreover, DBM said that qualified COS and JO workers would also be considered to apply for vacant positions subject to civil service rules and regulations. (GMA News)