BAGUIO CITY – The City Council approved on first reading a proposed ordinance declaring and institutionalizing every first Friday of December every year as City Hall Employees Summit, providing funds and for other purposes.
The ordinance authored by Vice Mayor Edison R. Bilog and Councilors Joel Alangsab and Peter Fianza ordered the creation of a committee chaired by the Chairperson of the City Council Committee on Ethics, Governmental Affairs and Personnel with the City Human Resource and Management Officer as vice chairperson, and the members of the City Council Committee on EGAP, president of the Local Government Unit–Baguio Employees Association, Inc., and City Secretary as members, to coordinate the activities of the summit.
The ordinance added that the local government shall allocate the amount of P150,000, subject to increase, to be included in the city’s development plan funded from the 20 percent Annual Investment Plan (AIP) which shall be considered as funds for gender-related projects.
The ordinance pointed out the success or failure of an organization rests on the performance of its human resources thus the personnel of an organization is its most important assets.
According to the proposed ordinance, human resources serve as the organization’s advantage, support and measure of strength.
The ordinance emphasized the summit is a venue where issues and policies about the status, rights, privileges, benefits and dissatisfactions of human resource are ventilated, with the end in view, of providing solutions to some if not all the challenges faced by them in the service.
The ordinance added that it is important for the local government to institutionalize the summit regularly to equip the city’s human resource to be apace with the changing thrusts and needs of the bureaucracy to maintain a high level of efficiency and effectiveness within the sphere of the government’s goal and targets, especially in the delivery of basic needs to the people.
Last December 1, 2017, the local government conducted the first City Hall Summit which was participated in by hundreds of employees from the different departments of the city and various issues were raised relative to employee benefits, rights, privileges, among others.
The results of the December summit will be used as possible inputs to the planned amendments that will be introduced in the local government’s manual governing human resource management.
Local government workers welcomed the institutionalization of the annual summit to allow them to ventilate pressing issues and concerns to contribute to enhacing the status of employees in the city.
The local government has a total work force of at least 1,500 wherein nearly 1,300 employees are occupying permanent positions while over 200 are casual employees.
By Dexter A. See