Mayor Abby pushes for job security, career advancement at City Hall to promote excellence in public service
September 6, 2018
Ref.: Makati ICRD, 8998938
Mayor Abby pushes for job security, career advancement at City Hall to
promote excellence in public service
Makati Mayor Abby Binay today said that the city government has granted regular status to 383 City Hall employees and promoted 116 since she took office in July 2016, giving emphasis to the importance of providing job security and career advancement opportunities in promoting excellence in public service.
She said that other applications for regularization and promotion are lined up for review and evaluation by the Human Resource Development Office (HRDO), and will be subsequently turned over to the Human Resource Merit Promotion and Selection Board (HRMPSB).
“I envision a professional, highly competent city government work force that is capable of delivering excellent public service. We need to strengthen our drawing power as an employer to be able to compete with the private sector for the recruitment of the best and brightest,” Mayor Abby said.
The mayor said she has ordered the HRDO to prioritize the processing of proposals for regularization and promotion endorsed by the different heads of office to ensure that those who are qualified under Civil Service guidelines are given permanent employment status and promoted.
Aside from a competitive compensation package, the mayor also cited the need to keep the morale of employees high to optimize their work performance, and to retain high performers for the long term.
“The city government must aspire to be a preferred employer for talented and highly-driven individuals. At the same time, we must make sure to retain current employees who have consistently delivered outstanding service by rewarding them with security of tenure or a promotion,” Mayor Abby said.
The mayor also pointed out that her administration took the initiative last year to grant loyalty incentives to long-time city employees who have been in the service for ten straight years and longer as of end-2016. Called the Loyalty Cash Gift, the program covers regular, casual and contractual employees. “We take pride in having started the first-ever incentive program for loyal civil servants who have served Makatizens for at least a decade,” she said.
Based on HRDO records, the city government spent almost P80 million for the pioneer batch of loyalty awardees, which consisted of 3,208 regular employees (P67,730,000); 814 casual employees (P11,870,000); and 12 contractual employees (P125,000).
The cash incentives were given as follows: at least 40 years in service and above, P20,000; at least 35 years up to 39 years in service, P17,500; at least 30 years up to 34 years, P15,000; at least 25 years up to 29 years in service, P12,500; at least 20 years up to 24 years, P10,000; at least 15 years up to 19 years, P7,500; and at least 10 years up to 14 years, P5,000.
According to the HRDO, the 499 city employees who have been made permanent and promoted come from several city offices, departments and institutions. Among these are the Makati Social Welfare Department, Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, Urban Development Department, Department of Environmental Services, Makati Health Department.
Ospital ng Makati, University of Makati, Youth and Sports Development Department, Makati Action Center, Information and Community Relations Department, Public Employment Service Office, Economic Enterprise Management Office, Public Safety Department, Museum and Cultural Affairs Office, Human Resource Development Office, General Services Department, Veterinary Services Office.
Office of the Building Official, Department of Engineering and Public Works, Business Permit Office, Accounting Department, Assessment Department, Budget Department, Finance Department, Law Department, Office of the Mayor, Office of the Vice Mayor, Office of the City Administrator, Office of the Secretary to the Sangguniang Panlungsod, various offices of City Councilors, and Liga ng mga Barangay.
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