Gov't rightsizing to affect small number of employees: lawmaker

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 01 2017 01:42 PM

MANILA - Only a small number of the supposed 200,000 government employees likely to be affected by the proposed Rightsizing Law will actually bear the impact, a lawmaker said Tuesday.

House Appropriations Committee Chair Karlo Nograles said only around 5 to 10 percent of the 200,000 will most likely be affected.

Nograles said government employees that will be affected by the proposed bill will not be terminated. 

"Hindi ito firing out, mass lay off, we're just correcting the bureaucracy," he said.

While affected employees have the option to avail of separation packages, they can also choose to be trained for deployment to other positions, Nograles said.

House Bill 5707 or "An Act rightsizing the national government to improve public service delivery," was approved by the House of Representatives on its third and final reading last week.

The bill, which seeks to streamline the bureaucracy and improve the quality of government service delivery, is among the priority legislation cited by President Rodrigo Duterte in his second State of the Nation Address.

Under the bill, the President is granted the authority to "rightsize" the bureaucracy by abolishing government positions that are considered to be non-performing and unnecessary.

Nograles during the start of the deliberations for the national budget said a P10 billion fund is provided for the implementation of the proposed rightsizing law and is lodged in the Pension and Gratuity fund.

Last week, ACT Teachers Party List Rep. France Castro blasted the bill and called on the government to address the issue of "contractualization" and job order workers instead.

"Instead na gawin yung rightsizing, dapat i-address yung problema ng contractualization…job orders," Castro said.