The Civil Service Commission (CSC) and the Commission on Audit (COA) have agreed to the proposal of Senator Joel Villanueva for the continued pay of Metro Manila-based contractuals in government.
The National Capital Region (NCR) is under a community quarantine from March 15 to April 14 to stem the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) epidemic.
“We are grateful to our government for considering our proposal for job order or contract of service workers in government to still be paid while work in parts of the government remain suspended to prevent spreading the risk of our people from getting infected by COVID-19,” Villanueva said.
Villanueva said the CSC and CoA officials will meet on Monday to hammer out the final details of the measure, which will affect over 100,000 contractual workers categorized as either job order (JO) or contract of service (CoS).
Villanueva, chairman of the Senate Committee on Labor and Employment, said that guidelines covering the payment of workers under JO and CoS categories are jointly issued by the CSC and CoA.
Some 110,000 of goverment contractual workers are in the NCR. Nearly 670,000 contractual workers in government are under either JO or CoS categories.
“While the government ordered that a skeletal staffing be implemented in government offices to ensure that services remain unimpeded, the income of daily-paid workers will shrink significantly to the point that they may not be able to provide for their families,” he said.