Gov’t keeps ‘no new hires’ policy
The moratorium does not apply to teaching and medical personnel

MANILA, Philippines – The national government is continuing its moratorium on hiring additional personnel until the rationalization plans of line agencies and government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs) are approved. 

In a circular released on December 18, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said the moratorium will cover the hiring of new contractual employees or consultants. 

The budget department also prohibits the re-appointment, reemployment, and the rehiring of those who opted to retire from service as a regular, contractual or casual.

The DBM said the moratorium will not go beyond a month after the approval of the agency’s rationalization plan or June 30, 2013, whichever comes earlier.

However, the budget department said the moratorium will not apply to some positions such as teaching and medical personnel.

“The temporary suspension shall not apply to teaching positions, medical and allied medical items in hospitals and other medical facilities servicing agency clients as well as to uniformed positions in the Departments of National Defense, the Interior and Local Government, Transportation, Communications and Environment and Natural Resources,” the DBM said in the circular.

The DBM also said heads of government agencies shall be allowed to renew the appointments of personnel on casual status on a “per job order basis” while the respective agencies are rationalizing activities.

The budget department said government agencies with approved rationalization plans will be allowed to outsource certain services through the hiring of consultants, provided this does not violate budgetary, civil service and auditing rules and it contributes to the agency’s objectives.

Government personnel who opted to retire or be separated from the service as a result of the rationalization efforts of their department or agency shall not be appointed or hired as casuals or contractuals in any agency of the executive branch, including GOCCs and government financial institutions.

This period will be good for 5 years, excluding teaching or medical staff in educational institutions and hospitals, the budget department also said. 

Latest available data from the Civil Service Commission showed that as of the second quarter of 2010, there are 1.3 million government personnel. –