By Joanne Namnama G. Parrocha
SAN FERNANDO CITY, September 4 (PIA) – Local governments could now create permanent positions for disaster response and management that would pave the way for the appointment of permanent officers who will enjoy security of tenure.
The creation of permanent disaster risk reduction and management offices (DRRMOs) was presented during the Ilocos regional summit on disaster response and management in Vigan City last week.
The need to create DRRMOs was based on observations that disaster management lacked focus due to absence of permanent officers who perform tasks exclusively on disaster-related operations.
Under the present set up, members of disaster management councils are officials or employees who are already performing regular tasks within the scope of their official functions.
Cecilia Bareng, officer-in-charge of the Civil Service Commission Ilocos Sur Field Office, said local governments could initially create a disaster response and management section with at least three personnel pursuant to Republic Act 10121 or the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Act.
Virgilia Karganilla, regional director of the Department of Budget and Management in the IIocos, supported Bareng’s position saying that local sanggunians may initially transfer vacant positions to the new office created and fill them up.
Karganilla said positions under the new office may include a civil defense assistant with salary grade 8 and a civil defense officer IV with salary grade 24.
She added the positions and their corresponding salary grades are deemed included in the index of occupational services, position titles and salary grades for Local Governments.
The civil defense position refers to a range of emergency measures to be taken by an organized body for the protection of life and property in the event of natural disaster, , Karaganilla added.
Applicants to the newly-opened positions must meet the qualification standard set by the CSC.
Civil service rules apply to the new positions namely the civil defense assistant must complete two years in college, one year of relevant experience, four hours of relevant training, and must be First-level Eligible( Subprofessional Level). Other higher positions require more stringent prerequisites.
The same ban on appointments made in favor of a relative of the appointing or recommending authority, or of the chief of the bureau or office, or of the persons exercising immediate supervision over the applicant applies. (MCA/JNP-PIA1 La Union)