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House panel approves anti-endo in gov’t, microbiology profession bills

According to Iligan City Rep. Frederick W. Siao, chairman of the House Committee on Civil Service and Professional Regulation, the panel approved two bills including the substitute bill consolidating 14 bills on regularization and granting civil service eligibility to contractual, job order, and casual government employees.

"Technical working group head, Rep. Raymund Democrito Mendoza presented the substitute bill. The committee approved the bill subject to styling and amendments put forth during today's committee meeting," Siao said.

"The final form of the bill will be made public very soon. The bill underwent extensive consultations with stakeholders. We believe this bill would be an effective solution at this time to the concerns of about 670 thousand 'endo' workers in government, most of whom (470 thousand) are in the payrolls of local governments," the Iligan City solon said.

"When signed into law, this bill will have direct impact on Filipino families out there in the LGUs and provinces," Siao explained.

The second approved bill is HB 1485 on Microbiology as a profession.

"Given the importance of microbiology in public health and medical care, especially with the ongoing COVID-19 containment measures, the committee decided to move HB 1485 forward today," Siao said.

"Our working target in the Committee on civil service is to complete work on at least one-third of the pending 142 measures in the committee by end of this current session in June," Siao also said.

"We will have several technical working groups working in parallel so we can get more work done in the limited time available to us. Each TWG will be conducting the necessary consultations and hearings in January and February so by March, before the summer recess we can have a batch of bills approved at committee and readied for plenary," the Iligan City congressman said.

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