100,000 workers could face the axe under Marcos: DBM’s Pangandaman eyes layoffs across gov’t agencies to save money

Budget Secretary Amenah Pangandaman eyes laying off employees across 187 government agencies and state-run companies to identify redundancies and cut costs.

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“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,” she noted.

That would mean sending 100,000 government employees jobless out of an estimated 2-million workforce.

Pangandaman said she will operationalize the order of President Bongbong Marcos to “rightsize the bureaucracy,” and will be finalized before his first State of the Nation Address.

“Ang overarching objective nito 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,” the new Cabinet secretary told DZBB.

“Pwede po silang mag-apply doon sa ibang position na pwede nating gawin at mabuo because of the rightsizing po. Iyong iba, magbibigay tayo ng tamang programa para sa kanila for retooling,” she added. “‘Yung mga magreretire po, meron naman tayong ibibigay na mga retirement benefits po para sa kanila.”

Exempted from mass layoffs are public school teachers and teaching-related positions, medical and allied medical positions, the military, and other uniformed personnel.

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