National Government may cut workforce in 2022

Published by rudy Date posted on February 3, 2021

by Beatrice M. Laforga, BusinessWorld, 3 Feb 2021 DEPARTMENTS under the National Government may have to reduce their workforce when some projects will be devolved to local government units (LGUs) starting next year, the Budget chief said

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It’s time for a new social contract

Published by rudy Date posted on February 17, 2018

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SC justices list Aquino, Abad’s ‘culpabilities’ after DAP defeat

Published by rudy Date posted on July 3, 2014

SUPREME Court (SC) Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio on Thursday said President Aquino has made Congress “inutile” and a “surplusage” when it usurped its power of the purse to fund items not in the General Appropriations Act (GAA) under the so-called Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

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Philippines, DFA hurdled tests of 2011, says Del Rosario

Published by rudy Date posted on December 30, 2011

The Philippines’ adept response to the succeeding waves of high-impact global events this year—from the Arab Spring to the worldwide economic and debt crises—has “underscored our resilience as a nation,” according to Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario. In a statement, Del Rosario on Thursday noted that “the passing year rained extraordinary challenges.” But, he said,…

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Transition to democracy: the Philippine experience

Published by rudy Date posted on November 21, 2011

The Philippines went through its transition from a dictatorship to an open democratic society in 1986. The road of transition has not been easy; it has not been short.

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VP Binay says urban dev’t plan for metropolis needed

Published by rudy Date posted on October 13, 2011

Vice President Jejomar Binay yesterday pressed the adoption of a strategic urban development plan for Metro Manila, saying its absence has stunted the country’s development and has led to urban squalor in some areas.

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No. of convicted public servants up 5,300% in 2010

Published by rudy Date posted on September 14, 2011

Jails nationwide housed 59,289 inmates as of end-2010. Meanwhile, convicts in national penitentiaries reached 35,937, according to the NSCB.

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Govt agencies shun centralized procurement – COA

Published by rudy Date posted on September 4, 2011

The Procurement Service — put in place for transparency purposes in government transactions — does not seem to be working, the Commission on Audit said, noting the steady decline in the sales from the service’s depots and sub-depots in the past years.

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Positive outlook

Published by rudy Date posted on July 8, 2011

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said Friday that it is positive that it will meet its goal of providing monetary assistance to 5.2 million poor families by 2016 through its conditional cash transfer (CCT) program.

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Solon mulls integration of DA, DENR, DoE

Published by rudy Date posted on June 17, 2011

Western Samar Rep. Mel Senen Sarmiento yesterday raised the need to streamline the bureaucracy because of duplication and redundancies of certain functions and mandate of some government agencies that has resulted in an endless blame game in times of crisis and controversy. Sarmiento said that there need to synchronize and harmonize the function of the…

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Philippine foreign policy today

Published by rudy Date posted on March 7, 2011

THE purpose of Philippine Foreign Policy is to secure the national interest in our dealings with foreign nations, regional organizations and international bodies. This has been done through its three long-established pillars, namely: 1) promoting national security; 2) enhancing economic diplomacy; and 3) protecting the rights and welfare of Filipinos overseas. In terms of a…

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Gov’t updates ADB leaders on governance, anti-poverty, tax administration measures

Published by rudy Date posted on February 22, 2011

THE GOVERNMENT yesterday updated Asian Development Bank (ADB) officials on the former’s governance, tax administration and poverty reduction measures during a routine visit, a Palace official said.

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The best of government in 2010 was a little memo

Published by rudy Date posted on January 16, 2011

THE best of government cannot be found in the things that government propagandists advertise as great. The reason is simple. The great and breakthrough initiatives often come in dry and little memos framed in legalese. And are too bland to get the notice of the mainstream media.

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YEARENDER: Tragic events thrust DILG into spotlight

Published by rudy Date posted on January 2, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) figured prominently in the headlines in 2010 due primarily to two unfortunate incidents: the bloody hostage crisis at Rizal Park last Aug. 23 and the fire tragedy in Tuguegarao City last Dec. 19.

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An ‘initiation’ work program

Published by rudy Date posted on December 1, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – The commitment to enter into the Performance Governance System (PGS) pathway for good governance, coming from the very top, necessarily is broad-brush. At such a high level, the decision can only be generic, remaining at a mainly abstract level. That decision – with the commitment behind it – needs to be brought…

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Recto wants more members in GSIS Board to represent teachers

Published by rudy Date posted on October 11, 2010

Additional representation for teachers in the board of the state-pension fund, Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), is being pushed by Sen. Ralph Recto in the hope of helping and resolving concerning their welfare especially the alleged non-remittance of their premiums estimated at P6 billion.

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Aquino abolishes 10 offices

Published by rudy Date posted on September 24, 2010

President Benigno Aquino 3rd has abolished the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Global Warming and Climate Change headed by former Sen. Heherson Alvarez and nine other offices created by the Arroyo administration that have been found to duplicate functions of other existing line agencies or departments.

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Published by rudy Date posted on September 23, 2010

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P-Noy’s budget

Published by rudy Date posted on September 20, 2010

Last week I decided to drop by the opening-day budget hearings of the Congressional appropriations committee. It was also my very first time to visit the Batasan compound, which I duly found to be pretty impressive, except for the lack of parking space.

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Aquino gov’t gives zero budget to anti-smuggling, anti-graft bodies

Published by rudy Date posted on August 31, 2010

MANILA, Philippines — The Aquino administration has effectively decommissioned the Presidential Anti-Smuggling Group and the Presidential Anti-Graft Commission after it gave the two agencies a zero budget under the proposed 2011 budget.

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The world’s best countries

Published by rudy Date posted on August 29, 2010

Much of a person’s life chances has to do with the country where he was born. Certain countries give their citizens a better quality of life and greater opportunity to succeed. It depends on a host of factors, the most basic ones being the opportunity to live a healthy, safe, educated, and upwardly mobile life.

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Civil Service Commission eyes drug-free bureaucracy

Published by rudy Date posted on August 29, 2010

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines  – The Civil Service Commission (CSC) is embarking on a campaign for a drug-free bureaucracy.

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Separate trade, industry departments sought

Published by rudy Date posted on August 28, 2010

An association of domestic manufacturers is pushing for the establishment of a department that shall oversee local industries, separate from another one that would focus on foreign trade. In a statement on Friday, the Federation of Philippine Industries (FPI) said it “is set to draft a bill establishing a separate Department of Industry—distinct from the…

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One-stop shop eyed for P180b projects

Published by rudy Date posted on August 28, 2010

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III said Friday he has created a Public-Private Partnership Center that will serve as a one-stop shop for P180 billion worth of private-sector funded projects lined up for next year.

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Aquino expands cost-cutting plan

Published by rudy Date posted on August 27, 2010

President Aquino has set his austerity program in motion, ordering the abolition of task forces and Cabinet-level positions without portfolio, imposing a moratorium on new hires and reducing subsidy to state corporations.

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9 agencies with unsettled cash advances asked to withhold pay

Published by rudy Date posted on August 18, 2010

THE OMBUDSMAN has asked nine agencies to withhold salaries of officers and employees who failed to liquidate cash advances. Total unliquidated cash advances amounted to P2.4 billion, according to a statement issued by the state graft buster yesterday.

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4 govt firms, Arroyo-era programs to be scuttled

Published by rudy Date posted on August 11, 2010

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III plans to abolish at least two government-owned or -controlled corporations to slash next year’s budget by more than P100 billion.

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Return P8.7-million illegal perks, CoA tells MWSS

Published by rudy Date posted on August 11, 2010

The Commission on Audit (CoA) on Tuesday declared that it will enforce a decision directing officials of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) to refund the government a total P8,762,948.31 in financial benefits they distributed to employees and to themselves some ten years ago.

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ZBB Sampler: What Trade dept will do to comply with new budgeting method

Published by rudy Date posted on August 8, 2010

IN line with the Aquino administration’s zero-based budgeting (ZBB) thrust, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is in the process of beefing up its organization by rationalizing the various agencies under it.

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What is zero-based budgeting? What are its pitfalls?

Published by rudy Date posted on August 8, 2010

ZERO-BASED budgeting (ZBB) has always been an attractive technique to US state-government level planners. It became even more so when Americans felt the 2008-2009 economic meltdown.

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