Trim Excess Government
Officials, Not the Employees
The militant COURAGE, the national center of government employees,
today said the Arroyo Administration should instead train their
guns on the excess officials and not on the lowly government employees
with recent pronouncement from no less than Civil Service Commission
Chairperson Karina C. David that the bureaucracy is "bloated
with excess officials".
In a statement, COURAGE National President Ferdinand Gaite said
it's about time for the government to put a stop to the practice
of political patronage and spoils system which are responsible for
the blatant abuse of discretion and prerogative on appointments.
"It's an assault not only to the merit, fitness and promotion
system because qualified career service officials and employees
were being displaced to give way to the administration's families,
lackeys and supporters, but also to the hundreds of thousands of
government employees that have been the usual targets of the irrational
rationalization program of the government," Gaite said.
David revealed at the Makati Business Club gathering that President
Arroyo has the highest number of political appointees surpassing
previous administrations and chided the President for abusing her
prerogative on appointments. The CSC Chief also said that of the
6,000 managerial positions, 3,500 are appointed and more than 60%
of these appointees were not eligible.
Gaite added that the President Arroyo issued Executive Order 366
in October 2004 to rationalize and streamline the bureaucracy purportedly
to cut on cost and make the operations more efficient. "Obviously,
said program, premised on wrong assumptions is highly unacceptable.
Because these appointed officials with their astounding salaries,
allowances, perks and other privileges are the ones bleeding the
coffers dry. Their politics, priorities and ineligibility are to
blame for the rudderless programs and operations of the agencies
which further deprive the people of much-needed services".
An estimated 420,000 of the 1.4 million employees nationwide are
reportedly being targeted for lay-off. This is aside from the resultant
lay-offs accompanying mergers and abolition of agencies, transfer
of Departments to the regions and other pending legislations in
Congress which seek to privatize government owned and controlled
"Maliit na nga ang sweldo, tinatanggal pa sa trabaho (The pay
is already low, and now we are at the risk of unemployment). Government
employees simply had enough".
COURAGE is set to hold a kick-off protest rally on January 26 at
the Elliptical Road in Quezon City and in key cities nationwide
against lay-off. This will culminate in a nationwide big rally on
February 14 where estimated thousands of employees at the NCR will
march to Mendiola. #
Reference: Ces R. Peta
Regional Coordinator-Cordillera, C
COURAGE office 300-3489