DBM pushes for ‘rightsizing’ of bureaucracy to save funds
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) is pushing for the rightsizing of the bureaucracy to help the government save funds.
Budget Secretary Amenah Pangandaman said the DBM backs the proposal for “a lean, efficient and responsive government workforce.”
Pangandaman said the proposal is being submitted to Congress before the first State-of-the-Nation Address this month of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
“Ang overarching objective nito [rightsizing] ay magkaroon ng maliit na burukrasya na agile at responsive sa makabagong panahon. Aayusin po ng programang ito ‘yung mga ahensya na mayroong repetitive functions or overlapping functions,” Pangandaman said in an interview with DZBB.
(The overarching objective of this is to have a smaller bureaucracy that is agile and responsive to modern times. In addition, this program will fix agencies that have repetitive functions or overlapping functions.)
With the proposed rightsizing, Pangandaman said the government could save “a significant amount of the budget, “which can be used as funding for programs in the infrastructure, social services, health, and agriculture sectors.
“Halimbawa po, kung 5% po ang maapektuhan ng programa, ang katumbas po nito ay P14.8 billion po kada taon na matitipid natin sa ating personnel services,” Pangandaman said.
(For instance, if the program will affect five percent, this is equivalent to P14.8 billion of savings per year from personnel services.)
In the context of rightsizing, Pangandaman noted that 187 government agencies and government-owned and controlled corporations with more than 2 million employees could be merged, reorganized, or dissolved.
Personnel affected by the rightsizing may still apply for positions created by the change.
Those who decide to retire will receive suitable retirement benefits, she said.
“Iyong iba, magbibigay tayo ng tamang programa para sa kanila for retooling. Kasama po natin possible po ang Civil Service Commission,” Pangandaman said.
(As for the others, we will provide them with retooling programs with the help of the Civil Service Commission.)
“‘Yung mga magreretire po, meron naman tayong ibibigay na mga retirement benefits po para sa kanila,” she added.
(Those who will opt to retire will be given retirement benefits.)
As Pangandaman pointed out, the proposed rightsizing excludes teaching and teaching-related positions, medical and health-related positions, and military personnel.
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