• Sen. Koko Pimentel said Senate employees will not lose jobs if ever the shift to federal system of government pushes through
  • He said Senate employees may even opt to work in their own regions
  • He added that law-making under both presidential and parliamentary forms of government in a federal system is very important

Senator Aquilino Pimentel III made an assurance that Senate employees will not lose their jobs if ever the shift to the federal system of government will push through.

“Do not worry too much about the shift to the federal system of government as there will still be a legislature under that system,” Pimentel was quoted saying during the flag-raising ceremony at the Senate on July 4.

In stating this, Pimentel claimed that under both the presidential and parliamentary forms of government in a federal system, law-making will be very vital, an article written by Amita Legaspi on GMA News Online disclosed.

Pimentel is the president of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan, the party which fielded Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in the May 2016 presidential polls, and the only partymate of Duterte in the Senate.

Both leaders highly support federalism form of government.

As explained by Pimentel, employees need not worry because under the federal-presidential system lobbied by his father, former Senate President Nene Pimentel, there will still be a Philippine Senate which will even be a much larger one that will require hiring of more state workers.

Likewise, he added that under the federal-parliamentary espoused by other federalistas, there will still be a legislative branch — the Parliament, which can absorb the current employees of the Philippine Senate.

Each regional state, he noted, will also have its own legislative branch which can benefit from the expertise the employees have developed in the Senate. Hence, employees can also choose to work in their own region.

As to administrative matters, Pimentel, who is seen as the possible next Senate President, said he cannot comment yet on it as he has been a member of the chamber for only four years and 10 months but added that he will push for the regularization of casual employees in the Senate.

According to reports, there are over 200 casual employees presently employed in the Senate.