Pasig City completes regularization of long-term contractual employees amid pandemic

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Pasig City long-term contractual employees
Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto completes the regularization of contractual employees who had been serving the city for 20 years and more. Photo from Vico Sotto’s FB.

One hundred contractual employees in Pasig City, Metro Manila, have been regularized by Mayor Vico Sotto amid the pandemic that caused the loss of jobs for many Filipinos.

Despite the ongoing economic slowdown brought on by the coronavirus disease outbreak, the contractual employees who have been with the Pasig City local government for more than 20 years were finally given job security.

Mayor Vico signed their appointment on June 17, 2020. In his Facebook post, Sotto said, “delayed by COVID-19, our employee regularization program continues!”

“WALA NANG NAIWAN NA KONTRAKTWAL SA MGA EMPLEYADO NATING MAHIGIT 20 YRS NANG NASA SERBISYO 😃💪💪💪,” Mayor Vico announced.

(There are no more contractual employees left who have served for more than 20 years)

In January, the young Mayor signed the appointments of 53 casual employees including a man who had been in service for 43 years.

In February, 109 employees were also granted permanent positions.

Street sweepers and Engineering Aides who have been working for over 20 years as short term service are among the 100 employees regularized and will experience full benefits.

The regularization of LGU employees has been one of the campaign promises of Sotto during his bid for the Pasig City mayoralty.

Sotto said in a Facebook live briefing on Wednesday, “Hindi ko man ma-permanent lahat sa 3 years, pero ‘yung mga 20 years pataas, then after that, ‘yung mga 15 years pataas – bigyan natin sila ng seguridad. Ilayo natin sila sa politika.”

(I may not be able to make everyone permanent in 3 years, but those who’ve been here 20 years or longer, then after that, those 15 years or longer – let’s give them security. Let’s protect them from politics.)

Pasig City had also previously given out the Pasig Supplemental Social Amelioration Program of Php 8,000 to 150k residents not covered by the national aid.

The city had also offered free rides using e-Trikes and COMET e-Bus to health workers, city frontline personnel, and patients during the lockdown that suspended public transportation.

Send CHEERS in the comments below to Pasig City for completing its regularization of employees who have been serving Pasig City for 20 years.

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Alyssa Leyda-Aldemo
Alyssa Leyda-Aldemo was a contributor in the News Letter of her former agency and is currently a content writer on her church's website and social media platform. She is now a full-time housewife who wants to re-ignite her passion for writing.