BAGUIO CITY The city government is inclined to pursue an organizational management audit as a basis in the implementation of a reorganization of the different departments to remove redundant positions and establish a lean and mean government work force.
Mayor Benjamin B. Magalong directed the City Human Resource Management Office (CHRMO) to look for a human resource management expert who can help the city government in the implementation of the required management audit as a basis in justifying the conduct of a top to bottom reorganization of the work force.
He added that the results of the management audit will also be a basis in the formulation of the city’s attractive retirement package that will be offered to the personnel who will be affected by the proposed reorganization that will be implemented the soonest.
The city chief executive pointed out the importance of offering a retirement package for appointed officials and employees who are already over 60 years old and above as a token for their long years of productive service to the city based on the outcome of the management audit so that young and idealistic workers can be infused to the present work force to guarantee the speedy delivery of basic services to the people.
Based on the data made available by the CHRMO, there are some 133 personnel of the different city government offices who are 60 years old and above where a number of them are expected to retire from government service on or before the end of the year.
City Budget Officer Leticia O. Clemente stated that the offering of a retirement package should be based on the results of the management audit to be conducted by independent experts.
At present, City Accountant Antonio L. Tabin claimed that there are only two options that could be availed by retiring government personnel from the State-run government Service Insurance System (GSIS) which will either be through a 5-year lump sum or 18 months advance pension.
Last Monday, the City Council approved a resolution strongly supporting the implementation of a retirement package for appointed officials and employees of the city government who are 60 years old and above.
Further, the council, in a resolution, also urged the CHRMO to provide the body with a periodic update on the implementation of the proposed retirement package for information and appropriate action.
According to the Council, the formulation and implementation of a retirement package by the city government will serve as a reward for personnel that were able to contribute in what the city is today as they were able to spend most of their productive years in serving the people of the city.
City finance officers said that the offering of the retirement package will start with the case of the 133 officials and employees who are 60 years old and above.
By Dexter A. See
Photo by: Armando Bolislis