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Funds for personnel hiring allocated DBM

Iloilo (16 February) -- There is mass hiring in government as funds have already been earmarked for the purpose in the 2009 national budget, said Budget Secretary Rolando Andaya.

Andaya said this in reaction to the issues of mass layoffs of government employees as result of the government's rationalization program.

He said government agencies will be absorbing more employees this year, like in the Department of Education, where its 2009 budget allows for the hiring of 10,000 teachers and 2,000 non-teaching personnel.

For the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), funds have been earmarked for the hiring of 500 jail guards, while around 3,000 policemen will be hired to bolster the manpower of the Philippine National Police.

Under the Nurses Assigned in rural Areas (NARS) program, about 5,000 nurses will be employed to serve in far-flung barangays or municipalities, Andaya also said.

Moreover, the budget chief said, about 40,000 green-collar workers will be hired under the P2 billion 2009 budget allocated for energy-independent projects under the government's reforestation program.

Andaya said that even state colleges and universities are authorized to hire additional academic personnel under their respective charters.

In addition to these, Andaya said, President Arroyo has also ordered government agencies, under the Comprehensive Livelihood Emergency Employment Program (CLEEP), to set aside 1.5 percent of their maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOEs), to hire 180,000 casual employees for six months.

Meanwhile, DOLE Region VI Information Officer Amy Judicpa said that the agency has already earmarked 18 projects under the CLEEP in the region for implementation, expected to benefit 9,000 mostly disadvantaged and displaced workers.

Judicpa said that other than immediate and alternative employment, DOLE is also facilitating skills training to open more windows of opportunities for workers affected by the current labor slowdown. (ESS/PIA 6) [top]

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