Government workers oppose streamlining plan

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Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Amenah Pangandaman. A union of government workers has expressed concern about the rightsizing plans that may affect rank-and-file public servants. (Photo: Department of Budget and Management/Facebook)
Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Amenah Pangandaman. A union of government workers has expressed concern about the rightsizing plans that may affect rank-and-file public servants. (Photo: Department of Budget and Management/Facebook)

A union of workers in the government are expressing concern over the administration of President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.'s plans to reorganize and streamline the bureaucracy, saying that the primary victims of this government rightsizing would be the rank-and-file employees.

Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Amenah Pangandaman recently said that the rightsizing plan is being polished in time for President Marcos’s first State of the Nation Address.

Under this plan, 187 government agencies and government-owned and controlled corporations with more or less two million employees will be streamlined through merger, restructuring, or declaration of redundancy of the position.

Pangandaman added that this program will save the government up to P14.8 billion every year, which can already be used to fund other government projects like infrastructure, social services, health-related programs and agriculture, among many others.

But the Confederation for Unity, Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees (COURAGE) said on Thursday (July 14) that this plan to downsize the government through mass layoffs “are part of neoliberal policies to ensure that foreign and local elite interests come first before the needs of the people.”

“[A]bout ⅔ of the tax collected from our people goes to local and foreign debt payments, corruption, pork barrels of the president, military, and legislators, and useless and corruption-laden government projects,” the group said, adding that eventually, government agencies end up hiring more employees and appointing officials, defeating any efforts to practice good governance.

The group cited a recent study by the University of the Philippines Diliman’s National College of Public Administration and Governance saying that government rightsizing doesn’t automatically mean more efficient and streamlined working within the bureaucracy, as the ratio of government workers in the Philippines to the total population to be served by the government “is among the lowest globally.”

Instead of downsizing the government, COURAGE is calling on the government to collect taxes more efficiently, curb government corruption, and “recover ill-gotten wealth and punish plunderers.”

“There are thousands of vacant positions needing to be filled; hundreds of thousands of contractual government workers who need to be regularized; and lowly public servants from the national to the local levels who need to be given just salary rates,” COURAGE said.

Marvin Joseph Ang is a news and creative writer who follows developments on politics, democracy, and popular culture. He advocates for a free press and national democracy. Follow him on Twitter at @marvs30ang for latest news and updates.

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