City’s insurance deal with SSS legal — CLO

Mary Ruth R. Malinao (Agence France-Presse) - February 9, 2020 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines —  Cebu City Legal Office (CLO) has recommended to the City Council to grant Mayor Edgardo Labella authority to enter into a social insurance agreement.

This as CLO saw no legal impediment to a proposed memorandum of agreement (MOA) on the outright Social Security System (SSS) coverage of job order and contractual personnel.

“It is our considered view that there is no legal impediment for the issuance of the necessary Sangguniang Panlungsod Resolution authorizing the city mayor to enter, sign and/or execute the attached proposed MOA,” read a portion of CLO’s legal opinion.

The MOA’s terms and conditions, CLO said, are also “not contrary to law, morals, good customs, public order and public policy.”

CLO only noted some clerical errors in the MOA.

Human Resource Development Office (HRDO) officer-in-charge Daisy Dianna Ortiz requested for the legal opinion on the proposed MOA between SSS and city government concerning the coverage of job order and contractual personnel.

In a letter dated December 11, 2019 of Verda Torrefranca, SSS-Cebu City Branch acting head, he proposed the coverage of SSS for JO and contractual personnel of the city government as self-employed.

Lawyer Rey Gealon, CLO chief, said heads of local government units are encouraged to ensure SSS coverage of their JO and contractual personnel pursuant to the MOA between SSS and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) on February 12, 2014 and the DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2014-83 dated July 18, 2014.

The city government targets to insure the JO and contractual personnel since the regular personnel or those who hold plantilla positions are already covered by Government Service Insurance System (GSIS).

“The mayor, being sensitive to the needs of his fellow workers in government, would want this benefit implemented with dispatch,” he said.  KQD (FREEMAN)

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