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PIA Press Release
2009/02/11

CSC Sorsogon clarifies salient points of government's rationalization program

By Hans Andrew Formento

Sorsogon Province (February 11) -- For Sorsogon residents to better understand the rationalization program being implemented by the government, Mr. Roy Tobias Mata, Director II of Civil Service Commission, Sorsogon Field Office, underscore important details regarding the said program.

According to Mata, Executive Order No. 366 signed by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2004, compelled the executive department to implement strategic observation on its operation and organization and establish incentive choices for government employees who will get affected by the rationalization of functions and rationalization of different agencies under the government executive department.

The EO directs agencies to prepare a rationalization plan to positions that are redundant or outdated or no longer relevant to the accomplishment of the major final outputs of the particular agency. "Through this system, it is expected that government services will be enhanced," he said.

According to Mata, services rendered by policemen, teachers, health workers and of the local government units are excluded in the directive.

In the province of Sorsogon, among the government agencies that have already implemented the rationalization program were the office of Civil Service Commission, Government Service Insurance System, Philippine Information Agency and the Department of Interior and Local Government.

Mata further stressed that, employees with CSC appointment whether temporary or permanent who would opt to remain in government service shall be placed in other agencies by the CSC where additional personnel are required, whereas, personnel who would opt to retire or be separated from the service shall be given the option to avail themselves of retirement schemes or generous separation package.

"But for the meantime, those affected by the reorganization will stay with CSC until they are reassigned to their new posts," he said.

Meanwhile, some public servants here said that they support this initiative, however, they wanted also to be assured of the government's separation and other benefit packages due to them.

"Now that we are facing and dealing with global economic slow down, it would also be better for the government to review its continuous implementation of the rationalization program and not to partake in a nationwide lay-off," they added. (PIA Sorsogon) [top]

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