Hundreds of Narra town casual workers to be kicked out

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Hundreds of casual workers in the Municipality of Narra will lose their jobs by next month as they will be replaced by new job hires.

“Alam naman nila ‘yan na talagang kailangan natin magbawas, at kailangan din talaga natin magpalit ng tao,” Mayor Gerandy Danao, in a recent interview with Palawan Daily News, said.

The job order workers under the previous administration have heard stories that they would be replaced as soon as the new local chief executive assumed office. They have been worrying since over their source of livelihood.

A casual personnel who requested anonymity is deeply concerned on how he will feed his family in the event he gets replaced.

“Matagal na din akong andito as contractual. Wala naman akong ibang aasahan para sa pamilya ko kaya kung sakali na maisama talaga ako sa mga matatanggal, siguro maghanap nalang ng ibang pagkakitaan,” he said.

Another contractual employee, on the other hand, has been expecting that he, along with hundreds of other casuals, are targeted for replacement.

“Sinabi na nila ‘yan. Ini-expect ko na din na hanggang katapusan na lang ako ng August. Kung ganoon man ang mangyari, tanggapin na lang at mag-move on,” he said.

He stressed that he is now starting to search for a new job since it will most likely that Danao will not re-hire casual employees like him, who are known to have close links with the former mayor’s allies.

Danao, meanwhile, defended that days after he took over the municipal hall, they have already announced that present casual workers will not be staying long enough.

Nevertheless, the new administration will still give them two (2) months in grace period so they can prepare themselves in the event of losing their jobs.

“Sila naman tinulongan ko pa sila ng dalawang buwan na ma-extend pa sila,” Danao said.

Danao also asserted that performance plays a vital basis on whether or not casual employees will be re-hired or terminated, regardless whether they are linked with the former mayor or not.

He said that as a matter of fact some non-performing contractual employees with poor records of employment like consecutive absences, tardiness, dishonest and illicit acts have already been terminated from employment recently.

“Ako pinanood ko mismo ang performance nila. Kaso ‘yung iba hindi na umabot ng dalawang buwan kasi ilang araw pa lang, puro kapalpakan na pinaggagawa, alangan ipagpatuloy ko pa sila,” the mayor said.

“Kaya ‘yung mga natanggal na ‘yan, sila ang may kasalanan kung bakit sila natanggal,” he further said.

On the other hand, the Narra Mayor’s Office as of the moment, has in hands, hundreds of resumes from applicant inspiring to get a slot for hundreds of positions which will officially be vacant on September.

A casual employee in the municipal hall earns an average of P6,600 every month.

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