Budget chief urges job seekers to apply in government

enablePagination: false
maxItemsPerPage: 10
totalITemsFound:
maxPaginationLinks: 10
maxPossiblePages:
startIndex:
endIndex:

FILE. Budget Secretary Ben Diokno on Wednesday called on job seekers to consider applying in the government, as hundreds of thousands of jobs remain vacant in the public sector.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 1) — Budget Secretary Ben Diokno on Wednesday called on job seekers to consider applying in the government, as hundreds of thousands of jobs remain vacant in the public sector.

Data from the Department of Budget and Management show that more than 264,000 positions in different government offices are unfilled as of July 30.

Of these job vacancies, teaching and teaching-related positions account for 47 percent or more than 125,000 unfilled positions.

There are more than 90,328 vacancies for "general civil servants," 34,306  for military and uniformed personnel and 13,914 for medical and allied medical workers.

Diokno said 70,000 of the unfilled positions are in Metro Manila, 19,000 in Calabarzon, 15,000 in Region 3, and 14,000 in the Bicol region.

"We cannot deliver our progroams and services as efficiently and effectively as possible without our civil servants there doing the work," he said.

"Your country needs you. If you're calling is true service to your countrymen, join government. Or even if you just want to understand how government works," he added, addressing himself to qualified job seekers.

Diokno explained that the unfilled posts are not necessarily due to low salaries offered to government workers, especially not for teachers and nurses in the public sector.

The budget chief stressed that these jobs already come with salaries that are competitive with their counterparts in the private sector.

He added issues in recruitment may be a reason for the vacancies.

"We can compete with the private sector with respect to the entry level positions," he said.

"Teachers alone, I think studies would show that pay of public school teachers are twice that of private school teachers. There are some regions where it is three times higher, like in the ARMM."

Diokno said he would issue a circular soon ordering different agencies to fill all authorized positions in their officers or "risk abolition of positions left unfilled" five years since they were created.

He said agencies will be asked to submit and explain the status of their job vacancies by the end of september.

Diokno pointed out that some of the vacancies may be due to the fact that they are no longer needed. In which case, he says such positions will be abolished.