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"NPAs" have no place in gov't service, CSC says

Tacloban City (September 7) -- There is no place for NPAs in government service, Director Rodolfo Encajonado of the Civil Service Commission told the media during the Harampang Ha PIA interface on September 6.

By NPAs, Director Encajonado clarified that he is referring to what is called the Non Performing Assets or workers in the Bureaucracy. This is the reason why President Arroyo, in 2004 signed EO 366 which underlines the government's rationalization plan and calls for the elimination of duplication of government functions and excess people in the government.

Director Encajonado stressed the need to trim down bureaucracy so that the government can become an effective instrument to attain a just and humane society.

Director Encajonado said that the statistics show the entire bureaucracy has ballooned to 1.4 million. With the ballooning number of government workers comes the corresponding economic problems.

Considering that the governmentis the biggest employment agency in the country, almost 80% of its budget goes to personnel services, leaving only a small amount for development projects.

Saying that the rationalization in all national agencies will already be implemented before the end of 2007, Director Encajonado that there is a need to make the government lean and mean but without abandoning its services and giving incentives for those who have to leave. This is what the rationalization plan is all about, Director Encajonado said.

The CSC Director explained that EO 366 affects only national government agencies, especially executive departments, and employees holding plantilla positions. This provides an opportunity for the national departments and agencies to look into their organization, prioritize important functions and do away with redundant positions in the government.

Director Encajonado also called on the public to help monitor the government workers and to report any shortcoming on the delivery of services to the government's number one client, the people themselves.

Director Encajonado said that those who have complaints on any government personnel should be reported to the head of the agency or to the Civil Service Commission. This will help each government agency to improve their frontline services, Director Encajonado stressed.

This will also make the agency heads aware of the kind of service of every personnel, so they their attention will be called. If the concerned personnel does not improve and he or she is no longer happy in his or her job, then she or he should find another employment because the government cannot afford to employ Non Performing Assets or personnel.

Remember that the government workers are being paid from the government coffers which are from the taxes of the people, Director Encajonado reminded. (PIA 8) [top]

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