264,000 vacancies in govt. need to be filled



By Rose de la Cruz


The Department of Budget and Management said it has 264,000 vacancies in government that needs to be filled as of July 30, 2018.


Making up a huge portion of the vacuum are teaching and teaching-related positions with more than 125,000 vacant positions, or 47.4 percent, followed by General Civil Servants with more than 90,000 vacant positions, or 34.2 percent, military and uniformed personnel with more than 34,000 vacant possitions, or 13.0 percent and medical and allied medical jobs with almost 14,000 vacant positions, or 5.3 percent.


          “We cannot deliver our programs and services as efficiently and effectively as possible without our civil servants there doing the work. This vacuum is unacceptable,” said Diokno.


          “The DBM will be issuing a circular directing all agencies to fill all authorized positions available to them or risk abolition of positions left unfilled after five years from creation,” the Secretary shared.


          Diokno said the DBM expects to create more positions for government employees through the FY 2019 budget. Around 10,000 new positions for teachers, 10,000 new positions for policemen, 3,000 positions for firemen, and 2,000 positions for jail officers are slated to be opened in 2019.


“We are funding these positions, so we want them to be filled,” the Secretary remarked. “We want qualified individuals to apply and help contribute to a better functioning bureaucracy”.


H1 of 2018


    The reforms in the fiscal sector showed disbursements in the first half of the year rising to P1.604 trillion, higher by P272.7 billion or 20.5 percent, year-on-year. Compared to the program for the first half of 2018, actual spending is also higher by P34.4 billion or 2.2 percent.


     “The performance of government spending is unprecedented, because we are ahead of the program for the first time in history,” said Diokno.


“This is a result of the reforms we have implemented in planning and budgeting. This quicker spending should translate to more classrooms for our students, better transport systems for our commuters, improved health and social protection programs for the poor, among other public service provisions,” he added.


Spending growth


    Spending for infrastructure and other capital outlays continue to soar as it hit P352.7 billion in the first half of the year, up by P103.6 billion or 41.6 percent, year-on-year. This also puts actual infrastructure disbursements above-program by P14.4 billion or 4.3 percent. This is attributed to infrastructure projects of various agencies, especially the road infrastructure projects of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). 


    Specific to June 2018, these projects include the construction, widening, upgrading and preventive maintenance of road networks nationwide under the DPWH;  the repair and rehabilitation of classrooms and school facilities under the Department of Education (DepEd) and State Universities and Colleges (SUCs); acquisition of hospital and medical equipment of the Department of Health (DOH); and rail transport projects and purchase of airport security equipment of the Department of Transportation (DOTr). 


Personnel Services also reached P460.5 billion in the first semester of 2018, increasing by P77.2 billion or 20.1 percent, year-on-year, primarily due to the higher pay of civilian government employees and military and uniformed personnel. 


For June 2018, Personnel Services was boosted by the filling of positions in various government agencies, the release of retirement and gratuity benefits, and the release of pensions of retirees in the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).


 Fiscal position


Although disbursements exceeded the program for the first half of the year, revenue collection continued to be robust giving the government enough fiscal space to stay well within the deficit ceiling. 


Revenue collections as of end-June 2018 reached P1.411 trillion, surpassing the program of P1.305 trillion by P105.7 billion or 8.1 percent. This also represents a P234.2 billion or 19.9 percent increase, year-on-year.  This is largely due to the impact of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN), improved revenue collections of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and the Bureau of Customs (BOC), as well as higher remittances of dividends by government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs). 


The better-than-expected expenditure-revenue mix resulted in a deficit of P193.0 billion, P71.3 billion or 27.0 percent below the P264.3 billion programmed for the first half of the year. 


“With the better-than-programmed figures on revenues, spending, and the fiscal deficit, we will continue to spend wisely and promptly to service the huge needs of our people, especially in public infrastructure and social services,” Diokno concluded.



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