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RatPlan has P12-B standby fund – Andaya

By Rose B. Palacio

Davao City (22 September) -- Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Rolando Andaya Jr, in a press conference held recently in Davao City bared that the Administration has readied some P12-billion as standby fund for the Rationalization Plan of the government.

It will be recalled that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has signed Executive Order 366, otherwise known as the Rationalization Plan in October 2004 purposely to eliminate redundancy, duplication, overlapping of functions and activities in all the government agencies of the government.

The President has ordered its full implementation and wants to finish RatPlan on or before October this year.

Secretary Andaya, who was in Davao together with some DBM officials from the central office led the official launching of the PX Mart at DBM regional office.

According to Andaya, only eight (8) agencies so far have submitted a complete Rationalization Plan. All government offices were required to submit a complete RatPlan of their respective offices.

The RatPlan will sweep away overlapping and duplicating functions of government agencies, as well as redundant and outdated positions. Traditional bureaucracy will be stamped out, as the select pro-active workforce will infuse much-needed new blood into government service.

The RatPlan is simply a reorganization program aimed at enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of services to the people by focusing on vital and core functions of the agencies of the government.

In answer to a query. Secretary Andaya said the approved P46.4-billion supplemental budget would also guarantee the salary increase of firemen, jail guards and pension for retirees.

Out of the P46.4-billion supplemental budget, P14.8-billion was earmarked for IRA of the local government units; P4.9-billion for government personnel benefits; P4.85-billion for Comelec’s automation and voters’ registration program; P1.2-billion for the National Health Insurance; P3.2-billion for DOTC; P650-million for mail and fire personnel; and P740-million for PNP and Napolcom.

The national government has achieved a budget surplus of P14.3-billion in August backed up by restricted spending in the absence of a new budget and higher revenue collections, he said. (PIA-XI) [top]

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