Goodbye Tam Junes!

june 24, 2013

HASHTAGS BREW
By Cha Monforte

This week is the final week before the changing of guards in our munisipyos, city halls and kapitolyos. That’s for those ending their terms and for the losing incumbents in the last polls. They and their Tam Junes (Taman na lang sa June) have this final week to pack up and get lost by Friday, June 28 for the next Monday, July 1, the new ones will assume office. Those top honchos, the ultimate decision makers to whom the buck stop right on their noses- the mayors and governors who get reelected, they get fresh mandates and retain their posts.

This week the new ones especially the thousands of JOs (job order personnel) are eager beavers. They are counting their fingers for the last remaining days before they get finally employed. JOs, after all, are the most politically employed in the government. JO plantillas are for the campaigners and the protégés of those moneyed who have helped the boss got elected. In a kapitolyo, JOs number by thousands, 2,000 to more than 3,000, in big city halls by over 2,000, in billionaire LGUs, by some 5,000.

JOs have no employer, as there’s no employer-employee relationship in their nature of employment. They get employed by the contract of service, and their services are renewable every month or every two or 3 months, depending on the contract and the nature of service that the government want them to render to. But usually political JOs last, coterminous to the term of the boss. JOs get their about P300 per day wages or so after their vouchers are completed, usually after a month depending on how fast their errands do the paperworks and for the signing of the voucher by all concerned in the LGU’s bureaucracy. There’s no 15-30 salary and allowances for them. Their bonus is at the mercy of the COA circular and LGU budget realities even if their boss wants it maximized.

But anyway, the Tam Junes have their work, only that it is based on their continuing political loyalty to the boss. I learned of many JOs not being renewed of their contracts because they talked to and mingled with the political enemies of the boss midway during their employment. During campaign seasons, JOs turn so political and they should actively campaign for the boss in their respective villages, while many of them, the trusted, entertainer and leader types, are deployed openly to campaign tasks despite the Comelec and COA prohibitions. JOs just don’t have to covet their boss and they can handily have their job last for full 3 to 9 years depending on the mandate given by their ultimate boss, the people.

Now, for this week, it’s goodbye to the old Tam Junes, and welcome, the new Tam Junes!
TAGS & HASHES: Haosiao brokers still swarm at the Bureau of Customs Port of Davao office, especially Friday after 5 PM. Why? Nong Tura asks…… Methinks that FB’s gonna be riotous and in full action in the next days with the launching of Instagram video sharing, when net folks share their videos. Surely, there would be video-shies scampering to the nook or covering faces in wanting not to be captured by CP’s cams….. Cam’s reels are on, and the full colors, motion, audio which make TV so powerful will characterize FB in no small measure. Journalists would also start sending Insta videos like tweets via their CPs (and androids will sell like hot cakes come Xmas bonuses). Today’s IT society is made more bare and naked by Instagram and FB….. As Davao del Norte celebrates for its 46th founding anniversary this week until July 1, the label Dabaonon still rings out-of-the-woods or out-of-tune in my ears. I still go for Davaoeno or Dabawenyo label for Davao del Norte people. Nong Tura says what’s in a name? But the name given by the parents is the best name of names forever. (email reactions to: chamonforte@yahoo.com, views from the Rural Urban News)

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