October 2, 2023

The Commission on Audit has recommended to the local government of Bontoc, Mountain Province to refine its hiring system of job order workers in order to avoid duplication of jobs already assigned to employees handling plantilla position.

In its 2022 report, COA said that Bontoc spent P6.6 million for 241 workers hired under job order basis, but whose job descriptions have not been included in their contract, making it difficult for the COA to verify if their duties, functions or accomplishments are in accordance with the purpose of hiring.

The 241 JO workers were hired to do clerical, administrative, utility, and community cleaning – functions that are already being done by the current employees, the COA said.

For community cleaning, COA said the Department of Labor and Employment’s Tulong Pangkabuhayan Para sa Displaced Workers is a similar initiative.

The COA recommended for the municipality to adopt a policy in the hiring of JO workers to avoid duplication of duties and functions and to ensure efficiency in the use of government funds.

“Had a policy been formulated, the hi-ring of JO personnel with the same duties and functions could have been avoided and the funds could have been used in other priority projects of the municipality,” the COA said.

The COA also re-commended that in the next hiring of JO workers, their job des-cription should be included in the contract so there will be bases in verifying their accomplishments. – Rimaliza A. Opiña