Gov’t employees protest vs contractualization

admin   •   March 20, 2018   •   5413

Some of the workers in the government who staged protest in front of the Department of Budget and Management office on Tuesday.

MANILA, Philippines — Some government employees trooped to the head office of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) office in Manila, Tuesday morning.

They protested against the issuance of the Joint Circular No. 1 of the DBM, Civil Service Commission (CSC) and Commission on Audit (COA).

They said the circular will reduce their chances of becoming regular employees because they will be handled by a third-party agency.

“Kung hindi sila matatanggal…kung maabsorb man, mananatili paring contractual. Hindi sila gagawing regular,” said Confederation for Unity, Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees (COURAGE) national president, Ferdinand Gaite.

(If they don’t get fired and the agency absorbs them, they will continue to be contractual employees; they will not be regularized.) — UNTV News & Rescue

Proposed 2021 budget under review, may be submitted in July or August – DBM

Robie de Guzman   •   June 24, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) on Wednesday said it is now preparing the details of the proposed national budget for the year 2021.

During the Laging Handa public briefing, Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado said they are currently conducting a technical review on proposed budgets submitted by government agencies.

“Ang atin pong proposed budget for next year ay nasa P4.3 trillion. At tumaas ito ng bahagya dahil this year nasa 4.1 trillion pesos tayo. Umakyat ng kaunti lang,” Avisado said.

The Budget chief said the 2021 proposed budget will concentrate on the government’s efforts to battle the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as well as programs to assist sectors that were gravely hit by the economic fallout brought about by the pandemic.

Avisado revealed that the government has already spent some P355.67 billion for its COVID-19 response; around P247.21-billion of which was sourced from “pooled savings.”

The government is expecting to spend more money amid the pandemic.

Avisado said they are eyeing to conduct an executive budget review in July before submitting the proposal to the Office of the President on the day of President Rodrigo Duterte’s State of the Nation Address (SONA), which is scheduled every fourth Monday of July.

The proposed budget may be submitted to Congress by the second week of August. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

No more written career service exams for the rest of 2020 – CSC

Marje Pelayo   •   June 19, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Civil Service Commission (CSC) on Thursday (June 18) announced that it will not be conducting any written career service examinations for the rest of the year in view of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

The CSC noted the implementation of public health standards particularly physical distancing, reduced capacity of public transportation, and restriction on mass gatherings, prompted the cancellation of the following civil service examinations via the pen-and-paper test (PPT) mode:

  • Fire Officer Examination, Penology Officer Examination, Basic Competency on Local Treasury Examination scheduled on 21 June 2020;
  • Career Service Examination (CSE) PPT (Professional and Subprofessional Levels) scheduled on 9 August 2020;
  • Intermediate Competency on Local Treasury Examination, Pre-Employment Test, Promotional Test, Ethics-Oriented Personality Test scheduled on 11 October 2020.

Likewise, the conduct of the professional and subprofessional CSE-PPT initially set for March 15 shall be reset for 2021, the agency said, and a separate advisory for the said rescheduled exam will be released by the CSC.

DBM, pinahahanap ng dagdag na pondo para sa ikalawang bugso ng cash aid – Malakanyang

Robie de Guzman   •   May 15, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Inatasan na ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte ang Department of Budget and Management (DB M) na humanap ng dagdag na pondo para sa pamamahagi ng ikalawang bugso ng government cash aid sa ilalim ng Social Amelioration Program (SAP).

Ayon kay Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, inutusan na ng pangulo si DBM Secretary Wendel Avisado na gumawa ng listahan ng mga ahensiyang maaaring pagkunan ng kinakailangang pondo para sa second tranche ng SAP.

Nasa 18 milyong mahihirap na pamilya sa bansa ang unang target na mabigyan ng ayuda sa ilalim ng government emergency subsidy program.

Aabot sa P205 milyon ang inilaang pondo para sa programa, batay sa nakasaad sa Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.

Ngunit matapos ang pamamahagi ng unang batch ng pinansiyal na ayuda, nadagdagan pa ng limang milyon ang bilang ng pamilya na humihingi ng tulong mula sa pamahalaan dahil sa matinding hirap na dinaranas sa gitna ng COVID-19 crisis.

Inaprubahan na ng pangulo ang dagdag na benepisyaryo ng programa kaya’t kailangan ngayon ng pamahalaan ng dagdag na pondo para tustusan ito.

“Inaatasan niya si DBM Secretary Wendel Avisado, suriin niya ang mga budgetary allocations ng line agencies. Tingnan kung magkano ang pwedeng ma-realign dahil nais niya sana kung pwedeng bigyan lahat ng 23 million families ng ayuda ng 2nd tranche din,” ani Roque.

Una nang inamin ng administrasyong Duterte na paubos na ang pondo ng pamahalaan para sa COVID-19 response at hindi pa tiyak kung saan kukunin ang perang ipang-aayuda sa mga labis na naapektuhan ng krisis.

Nanawagan na rin ang pangulo sa liderato ng Kongreso na tumulong sa paghahanap ng pondo para sa mga programa ng gobyerno. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

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