1,500 Butuan City Hall workers out of job by January 1, 2011

by Ben Serrano

December 29, 2010

            BUTUAN CITY (PNA) - An estimated 1,500 workers particularly job orders or who worked on basis of job orders at various offices or departments at the Butuan City Hall here will be out of work starting January 1, 2011 after Butuan City Government issued memorandum that all employment under job orders will end by January 31 2010.

            Last December 23, 2010, Butuan City Mayor Dr. Ferdinand Amante, Jr. issued memorandum to more or less 1,500 city hall workers holding job order positions that there is no need for them to report to work effective January 1, 2011 unless re-hired.

            “Actually Mayor Amante merely extended their work up to December 31 this year for humanitarian reasons since majority if not all of them hired by the previous administration have already expired contract some have ended their job orders last October this year while some as early as September”, Butuan City Vice Mayor Lawrence Fortun told Philippine News Agency in an interview.

        Fortun admitted it might be viewed by some that the move to end expired job orders was a political move because they were appointed by previous administration.

            However Fortun explained reasons to end job orders were; Cost-cutting measures, assessment of performance and viability of the job orders and streamlining of manpower requirements at the City Hall so that it may not be ended up as a “15-30” recruitment agency.

            Fortun further added that should the terminated job order workers re-applied, the Butuan City Government will re-assess and evaluate their performances including availability of funds as basis for their re-hiring.

            “Frankly, as part of our streamlining, we only intend to re-hire 700 job orders that are very much needed and relevant to our daily City Hall operations”, the Butuan City Vice Mayor concludes.

            Meanwhile, Butuan City’s opposition groups including the 1,500 job order workers lambasted the present move of Butuan City Mayor Amante and Vice Mayor Fortun saying the move to oust them was some sort of political vendetta.

            Said groups alleged if the move was meant for cost cutting and savings including streamlining to make Butuan City government employment mean and lean, “why hired people for Butuan City Hall from Agusan del Norte province known bailiwick of the Amantes?, Clearly the Amante and Fortun move was political”, they alleged.

            The current Butuan City Council membership including number of Barangay Captains affiliated politically however is dominated by the Amante group. (PNA/Ben Serrano)