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Gov mulls job cuts at NegOcc Capitol

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Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson wants the number of casual employees at the provincial capitol reduced to about 700 by March 2020.

“After March, we will make a decision who among the casuals will be retained unless they are facing complaints,” said Lacson.

The provincial government has about 800 casual employees. (https://bit.ly/36cUlwP)

“I have asked Atty. Annabelle Palic, the human resource officer, if there’s a way to objectively decide who should be retained and who should be not,” the governor said, adding that the ideal number is 700.

Lacson said he does not want to affect the work of the departments “because I just want to reduce the number of casuals to a fixed number.”

The ceiling for personal services (salaries and benefits of workers) mandated by the Department of Budget and Management is 45 percent of the annual budget, he explained.

The planned reduction to 700 is not even 45 percent, he said, as the number “might even be more.”