Nearly 200,000 Empty Gov’t Posts Shameful Amid High Joblessness, Says Solon
The growing number of unfilled permanent positions in national agencies has unsettled House Deputy Minority Leader and LPG-MA Rep. Arnel Ty, who described it as “shameful” amid the nation’s high unemployment rate, especially among college graduates and young professionals.
“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,” Ty said.
“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,” he added.
Ty was responding to a Department of Budget and Management (DBM) report which indicated that the number of unoccupied positions in various agencies has risen by 22 percent, to 188,388 this year from 154,019 in 2013.
The empty items now account 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,” he added.
Ty is also worried that the money meant for the unoccupied positions could end up getting “DAPped.”
In the highly controversial DAP, or Disbursement Acceleration Program, the funds that state offices failed to spend fast enough were impounded by Malacañang right away, and then splurged on pet projects.
A previous survey by the 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.
A separate poll suggested that some 18 percent of the jobless are college graduates and young professionals 18 to 34 years old.