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Job security at last: QC regularizes 254 city hall employees

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A total of 254 contractual employees working at the Quezon City Hall will now be able to enjoy regular employee status after hurdling the Human Resource Merit Promotion and Selection Board (HRMPSB) hearing.

The local government’s bid to regularize more employees is an offshoot of Mayor Joy Belmonte’s thrust to provide job security.

“The time has come for QC to depoliticize appointments and promotions and adhere to meritocracy,” Belmonte said, emphasizing that her administration abides by merit and fitness as determined by the Human Resource Merit Promotion and Selection Board (HRMPSB).

“We ought to give our deserving and hardworking city hall employees the security of tenure and all entitlements prescribed by the law. And we hope that this will motivate them to become more productive civil servants,” she added.

According to Ronald Tan, officer-in-charge of the QC Human Resource Management Department (HRMD), among the recently regularized were 30 city hall employees who were working as contractuals for 9 years or longer, but with short-term renewable contracts that denied them the security and benefits of regularized employees.

“The delay in the regularization of some of our employees may be attributable to the fact that the previous administration conducted screening and regularization only at the end of their term,” said Tan.

Aside from security of tenure, regularized government personnel receive fringe benefits, 13th month bonus, performance-based bonus, and allowances.