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The Civil Service Commission (CSC), Commission on Audit (COA), and Department of Budget and Management issued Joint Circular No. 1, series of 2018 allowing government agencies to engage the services of new Job Order (JO) and Contract of Service (COS) workers and renew existing contracts of JO and COS workers until December 31, 2020. The transitory period was extended in order not to impair the delivery of public service.

The Joint Circular also provides that effective January 1, 2019 the payment of services rendered by JO and COS workers shall be equivalent to the daily wage of comparable positions in government and a premium of up to 20%. The premium payment may be paid monthly, in lump sum or in tranches (i.e. mid-year or year-end payments), as may be stated in the agreement or contract with the agency.