Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte on Thursday announced the regularization of 112 city hall employees and the promotion of 62 others in her first seven months in office.
“This is one way to empower our government employees. By empowering them, we hope that they will serve our people better,” she said.
The move is in line with Belmonte’s promise to provide job security and promote professionalism in the local government.
In November last year, Belmonte had the first batch of employees regularized after the reconstitution of the Human Resource Merit Promotion and Selection Board.
Established under the revised Executive Order No. 25-B, the Board is a recommending body tasked to evaluate the qualifications of employees for promotion and appointment for vacant permanent positions.
Ronald Tan, the Board’s officer in charge, lamented that several employees on a contractual basis were working for over five years and that the others were performing tasks “well outside their duties without being promoted.”
Plantilla positions would be filled up as job contracting would be limited to specialized services only.
Belmonte said the process of appointment and promotion made by her administration abides by merit and fitness as determined by the board.
“Anyone is encouraged to apply, even walk-in applicants. We’ve made the selection process more transparent so applicants won’t need ‘padrinos’ or recommending individuals to get government positions,” she said.