Personnel Revamp in Bohol Capitol

By JUNE S. BLANCO 

JUST a matter of a green light from the Bohol Provincial Board (PB) – and the reengineering of the personnel structure of the provincial government will blast off.

  The re-engineering already has Gov. Erico Aumentado's approval, but it still needs an enabling ordinance, hence the lawmakers' go-ahead signal.

  Human Resource Management and Development Officer Romeo Teruel gave this status report during Friday's The Governor Reports aired live and simulcast over Tagbilaran City's two radio stations.

  He said from Day One of the preparatory process, the governor had always assured the Capitol workers that they will not be displaced.

  "The re-engineering is not getting people out of jobs but making the organization more effective and more efficient by putting them in the right places," he said.

  It calls for looking into how the organization is fulfilling its mandate and making the structure fit its development agenda, he explained.

  In preparing for the re-engineering implementation, Teruel said his office' guiding principle has always been the "rule" that Aumentado had set – no employee shall be removed.

  As most other offices submitted their proposed structures, the PB suddenly balked – apprehensive that the move might entail a total overhaul of their entire staffing pattern, or require more stringent qualifications for confidential positions, among others

  A series of meetings with the governor, Teruel, the re-engineering consultants and facility director Millalin Javellana of the Philippines-Australia Human Resource Development Facility (PAHRDF) however made the PB see the light of the concept – and the legislative department is back on stream.

  Teruel said the complete structure is scheduled to be presented to the Local Finance Committee (LFC) on September 7, and five days after, to the steering committee chaired by the governor and comprised of two members of the PB and a representative each from the first and second levels of the employees for final deliberation and approval.

  From there, the package goes to the PB for the ordinance, which may be out by the end of September or first week of October. This means, he said, barring hitches, the re-engineering can be implemented already by October or November.

  The re-engineering also comes with an early retirement incentive. Provincial Administrator Tomas Abapo Jr. said on top of what they can get from the Government Service Insurance System and monetization of their leave credits, qualified employees can also receive the equivalent of one month's salary for every year of service they completed. Abapo chairs the LFC.