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6K ARMM employees to lose job until December; separation benefits being readied – official

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The Bangsamoro government is set to start next month the phasing out of 6,000 permanent employees of the defunct Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), an official said.

For the first batch, which includes over 500 employees, the last day of their service would be on October 31 and they can claim their separation incentives by November 15 as scheduled by the Department of Budget and Management (DBBM), said Bangsamoro government Attorney General Sha Elijah Alba.

“(The) second batch is November 30th, and the third and last batch is on December 31st,” the official said during Kapihan sa Bangsamoro Tuesday, October 15.

The only ARMM employees to be retained are those from the education, health and social services sectors.

Alba cited Article XVI, Section 10 of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) on the applicable incentives for the affected employees.

– 100 percent of the monthly basic salary for every year of government service computed starting from the first year for those who have rendered one year or less than five years of service;

– 150 percent of the actual monthly salary for every year of government service computed starting from the first year for those who have rendered five years of service but less than 10 years; or

– two months of actual monthly salary for every year of government service computed starting from the first year for those who have rendered 10 years or more of service.

The same BOL provision states that the “affected personnel who are retired or are separated from the service shall not be re-employed in any agency of the Bangsamoro Government of the national government, including government-owned or controlled corporations for a period of five years. The retired or separated personnel who are re-employed during the prohibited period shall refund, on a pro-rated basis, the separation incentives they received under this Section.”

Alba said the hiring for plantilla positions in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) will be opened only when the Bangsamoro Parliament has approved the staffing pattern proposed by the Ministry of Finance, Budget and Management (MFBM).

“We need to await the approval of the staffing pattern…once it is approved by the Parliament, that’s the only time that we can publish the permanent positions for application,” she said.

The ARMM was phased out following the enactment of the BOL last year and the plebiscite approving the creation of the BARMM early this year.

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