An ordinance providing master’s degree scholarship grants for deserving and qualified city government employees was approved at City Council on Monday, November 6.
Authored by Councilor Roy Ventura, the ordinance aims to capacitate the regular employees in order for them to increase the level of services they are providing to the city.
“This is to help the employees increase their knowledge by allowing them to pursue graduate studies,” Ventura told Palawan News on Tuesday, Nov. 7.
Ventura said it is the city government’s way of giving back to the civil servants who have been rendering invaluable services to the city people.
“We recognize that it’s them who are greatly contributing to the organizational development of the city,” he said.
Having a master’s degree, he said, helps the city government employees to get a step higher position and salary which then uplift their economic status.
“That’s a civil service requirement. If they have a graduate degree and are qualified for the position they’re aspiring for, then they have an edge in the hiring process,” he added.
Qualified applicants may pursue public administration or other field of studies needed in their respective department where they are detailed.
Ventura said a scholarship grant applicant must be a regular employee and holds an undergraduate degree at the minimum. He added that younger applicants will be prioritized in the selection.
The ordinance author said the program management is given to the executive department and the human resources officer.
Last week, Ventura’s ordinance providing housing lot privilege to all rank-and-file employees who have rendered at least 11 years of continuous service in the city government was also approved by the City Council.