THE Filipino people have all the reasons to be happy with the filing of two Senate bills, which seek to streamline government operations.
This, they will do by abolishing “excess” offices, thereby “rightsizing” the national government to speed up the delivery of public services.
At present, the bureaucracy is composed of 186 offices and agencies, employing an estimated 1.5 million personnel as of August 2016.
In filing Senate Bill (SB) No. 1162, Senator Loren Legarda noted that a major source of government inefficiency is the wanton establishment of new state offices.
Legarda said that the creation of new agencies results in overlapping, redundancy and sometimes unclear delineation in the functions of government officials and employees.
Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, on the other hand, filed SB No. 1167, which calls for the setting up of a “Committee on Rightsizing the National Government.”
The Executive Secretary chairs the committee, with the heads of the Department of Budget and Management, National Economic Development Authority, Civil Service Commission and Presidential Management Staff as members.
SB No. 1167 authorizes the Chief Executive to abolish, create and transfer offices within the national government.
Under the proposed legislation, affected officials and employees, permanent or contractual, shall be entitled to retirement benefits and separation incentives.
Legarda and Sotto deserve the support of everybody as they exert efforts to improve the delivery of public services not only in the metropolis but throughout the country.
And people are made to believe that the concept of rightsizing is in line with the Duterte administration’s battle cry to operate the government with optional cost and efficient human resources.