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October 06, 2022

DBM eyes layoff of state workers as part of rightsizing

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) is set to layoff government workers as part of the thrust of the Marcos Administration for a lean, efficient and responsive government workforce.

Budget Secretary Amenah Pangandaman said that a proposal to rightsize the bureaucracy could save at least P14.8 billion if five percent of the two million personnel of 187 government agencies and government owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs) are affected.

The DBM chief said the significant savings per year may be used to fund priority projects such as in building much-needed infrastructure, for social services, programs in the health sector, agriculture, among others.

Pangandaman said the proposal is being polished for submission to Congress before the delivery of the President’s State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA).

The proposal, Pangandaman added, will also determine which agency of GOCC will be streamlined through merging, restructuring or abolition.

The affected personnel may apply to positions that will be created as an effect of the rightsizing. Government will also provide a retooling program for personnel so they may apply in vacant positions. Those who opt to retire will receive appropriate retirement benefits.

The proposal for rightsizing, however, excludes teaching and teaching-related positions, medical and allied medical positions or those in the health sector, and the military as well as other uniformed personnel.

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