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Monday, October 18, 2021

PCOO regularizes long time casual employees

MANILA — In line with the celebration of the 11th Anniversary of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), the agency hired additional 32 regular employees and regularized 15 personnel, who have been working as casual and contractual workers in the PCOO for over 10 years.

Since the start of the leadership of PCOO Secretary Jose Ruperto Martin Andanar in 2016, the PCOO has started regularizing employees who had been with the PCOO for five years or longer, and have been in short-term renewable contracts that denied them the security, opportunities and benefits of full-time regular employees.

PCOO Secretary Andanar led the oath taking ceremony and signing of the appointment papers of the newly regularized personnel on Monday, 18 October 2021, at the Times Plaza Building, Manila, the new office of the PCOO.

Among the 15 employees regularized were drivers who have been hired as contractuals for years. Aside from the security of tenure, the said personnel will receive benefits, a year-end bonus, a performance-based bonus, incentives, and allowances.

As part of PCOO’s ongoing efforts in regularizing its contract of service (COS) personnel, the agency has requested additional plantilla positions from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) for its employees. The COS employees have also undergone Civil Service Examination (CSE) last July to qualify for the plantilla positions.

The PCOO urged the regularization of its deserving and hardworking employees, in order to ensure job security especially now that the country is being challenged by the global health crisis, as well as to motivate its employees to become more productive civil servants.

This year, the DBM has granted the PCOO around 27 plantilla positions but the agency is working on increasing this number in order to regularize more of its employees.