CSC to study the gov’t ‘rightsizing’ plan

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) announced on Friday, July 15 that it will study any proposed legislation on rightsizing the bureaucracy.

CSC / MB file photo

CSC made the statement amid the move on rightsizing of government agencies and personnel.

For its part, CSC said it will support any proposal that seeks to ensure greater efficiency in public sector administration as well as build an "agile" and "future-ready" civil service.

"The Commission assures everyone that it will thoroughly study any proposed legislation on rightsizing the bureaucracy, and provide its inputs, with the welfare of civil servants and the effective delivery of service to the public as its primordial considerations," it added.

In a previous statement from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Budget Secretary Amenah F. Pangandaman said that the proposal for rightsizing will determine which among the 187 government agencies and government-owned and -controlled corporations (GOCCs) with more or less 2-million personnel, may be streamlined through merging, restructuring or abolition.

Pangandaman revealed that a proposal to rightsize the bureaucracy is being polished for submission to Congress before the delivery of the President's State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA).

He stressed that with the proposed rightsizing, the government will be able to save a significant amount of the budget which may be used to fund priority projects such as in building much-needed infrastructure, for social services, programs in the health sector, agriculture, among others.

CSC stated that it "understands" and "accepts" the changes and challenges brought about by the global pandemic and current events on health, the economy, and other factors that affect the life and livelihood of the people.