By Rjhay E. Laurea
MANILA — Although Vice President Sara Duterte believes rightsizing the bureaucracy will not happen overnight, she still expressed support for the proposal that President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr.’s economic team suggested earlier.
Duterte said the recommendation to rightsize the bureaucracy and remove redundant, ineffective, and inefficient government bodies which could help save funds is a bright proposal but she doesn’t see it happening right away.
“I don’t see it happening in the short term dahil mahirap po mag-rightsize ng buong government. Nahirapan nga kami sa doon sa LGU (local government unit) namin, all the more dito na buong national government [I don’t see it happening in the short term because it’s difficult to rightsize the whole government. We have a hard time doing it in our LGU, what more here in the national government],” Duterte said.
The vice president and Education secretary is a former vice mayor and mayor of Davao City.
“But, I think it’s a good direction sa ating Pangulo para po nare-review natin kung lahat ba nung mga empleyado at lahat ng mga posisyon ay useful siya doon sa mga agencies and offices [But I think it’s a good direction for our President so we can review if all the employees and the positions are useful in the agencies and offices],” she added.
When asked if there are positions in the Department of Education (DepEd) that would be affected by the proposed rightsizing, Duterte answered: “Hindi pa po ganyan ka-in depth ang discussion sa rightsizing. It was just initially sinabi ng Pangulo na i-explore po para sa gobyerno [The discussions on rightsizing were not in-depth. It was just an initial, the President said we would explore the proposal for the government].”
Meanwhile, Senators said rightsizing will improve the government’s efficiency and they expressed their support for it. (ai/mtvn)