Budget Secretary Rolando Andaya, Jr., in the DBM news disclosed that instead of mass layoffs, the government will even initiate mass hiring to provide Filipinos with job opportunities. He adds, that funds for the mass hiring of employees this year has already been earmarked in the 2009 national budget.
Government vacancies have been allocated funds for the purpose of hiring personnel, Andaya said. He clarified that the plan to abolish redundant positions in government had been advanced not only because of the cost of maintaining said positions but also to improve service delivery by cutting red tape through systems and organizational changes.
Andaya pointed out that those affected by the rationalization do not include professionals such as policemen, teachers, doctors, nurses, midwives and firemen. (PIA)