CSC, COA, DBM issue joint circular on hiring of COS, JO workers

  • July 19, 2017
  • Thelma C. Bicarme

CABARROGUIS, Quirino, July 17 (PIA) — The Civil Service Commission (CSC), the budget department (DBM) and the Commission on Audit (COA) have issued a joint circular on hiring of Contract of Service (COS) and Job Order (JO) workers.


CSC Chairperson Alicia dela Rosa Bala said during the recent Regional Strategic Conversation hosted by this province, under the CSC, COA and DBM Joint circular no. 1, s. 2017 or Rules and Regulations Governing Contract of Service and Job Order Workers in the Government, hiring of casual or contractual personnel may be considered for projects and activities that are temporary in nature, subject to existing budgeting and accounting rules and regulations.


The Commission said COS and JO workers should only be hired for special projects and not be made to perform functions which are part of the job description of the agency’s existing regular employees.

On the other hand, hiring of Job Order workers shall be limited to emergency work such as clearing of debris on the roads, canals, waterways  after disasters and other services such as carpentry, plumbing, painting, electrical which are part of the regular function of the hiring agency.  


The circular defined Contract of Service as the engagement of the services of an individual, private firm, other government agency, non-governmental agency or international organization as consultant, learning service provider or technical expert to undertake special project or job within a specific period.


Job Orders, on the other hand, refer to piece work (pakyaw) or intermittent or emergency jobs such as clearing of debris on the roads, canals, waterways, etc. after natural/ man-made disasters/occurrences and other manual/trades and crafts services such as carpentry, plumbing, electrical, and the like. These jobs are of short duration and for a specific piece of work.


Responding to a concern raised by a personnel officer from a university in Nueva Vizcaya on the lack of plantilla positions to be able to accommodate COS performing teaching and non-teaching jobs in the university, Chairperson Bala assured that the Commission will work with the DBM and the State Universities and Colleges to address the said concern.


Bala was in this province for the annual Strategic Conversation and for the inauguration of the newly constructed CSC Field Office located at Andres Bonifacio, Diffun, Quirino. (MDCT/TCB/PIA 2 - Quirino)

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