More firings ahead? CSC seeks clarity on gov't posts Duterte wants filled


Posted at Sep 11 2019 11:41 AM | Updated as of Sep 11 2019 12:06 PM

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The Civil Service Commission of the Philippines said Wednesday it would clarify with President Rodrigo Duterte's office his directive to fill out vacancies in the government.

There are some 300,000 government vacancies and Duterte on Tuesday said several more would need to be filled out in the Bureau of Customs and the Philippine Coconut Authority, noted CSC Chairperson Alicia dela Rosa-Bala.

"Mukhang meron s'yang mga aalisin o baka mababakante dahil magre-retire na sila," she told radio DZMM.

"Iyon pa ang hihintayin pa namin. Siguro ang gagawin namin e makipag-ugnayan sa office ng Presidente at hingin sa kanila ang detalye. Para mapunan ito, kailangan alam namin ang qualifications," she added.

(It appears that he will fire some people or some posts will be vacant because of retirement. That's what we're waiting for. We might coordinate with the Office of the President and ask them for details. To fill these out, we need to know the qualifications.)

Duterte recently fired Bureau of Corrections chief Nicanor Faeldon after the latter approved the release of several heinous crime convicts.

He also ordered the firing of Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission head Jose Antonio E. Goitia as part of the administration's crackdown on graft and corruption.

Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission chief Greco Belgica earlier said the President has acted on PACC's recommendations to fire or suspend some 60 government officials.

The PACC said it was conducting a “lifestyle check” on at least 200 government officials, which was separate from its investigation on top officials of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, which Duterte recently accused of “massive corruption.”

There are about 1.7 million state workers, making the government the country's top employer, said Bala.

DZMM, September 11, 2019