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April 23, 2015

200,000 Vacant State Posts ‘Shameful’

AN OPPOSITION lawmaker slammed Malacañang on Sunday for keeping some 200,000 government posts vacant, saying it was “shameful” amid the high unemployment rate.
“We reckon many of these vacant items are for public elementary and high school teachers. Yet we have tens of thousands of licensed teachers who are totally jobless,” said House Deputy Minority Leader and LPG-MA Rep. Arnel Ty.
“In fact, some of these registered teachers have become so desperate they’ve been driven to work in private schools for as low as P7,000 per month,” Ty said.
A previous survey by Social Weather Stations showed that some 12.4 million adult Filipinos were jobless in the fourth quarter of 2014, resulting in an unemployment rate of 27 percent.
Ty cited a Budget Department report that showed the number of unoccupied positions in various agencies had risen by 22 percent, or from 154,019 in 2013 to 188,388 this year.
He said the unfilled items now accounted for 13.1 percent of all plantilla positions available.
“The DBM, Department of Labor and Employment, Civil Service Commission and the agencies concerned should work closer together to remove all the obstacles to the filling up of the vacant positions,” Ty said.
He expressed concern that the funding meant for the unoccupied positions could end up getting “DAPped”—in reference to the highly controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program.
He noted that under the DAP, the unspent funds were impounded by Malacañang and then spent on “pet projects.”
 
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