This was said by
Congressman Ben Evardone who was in town recently to greet his
constituents for the Christmas season.
Evardone who sits with
the House Appropriation Committee said that the funds for these vacant
positions, is incorporated in the recently approved P1.3 trillion
national budget for 2012.
Of the 93 thousand
positions, it was learned that 67 thousand had been left unfilled in
years which has earned savings for some government agencies and
Today, however, the
budget which President Benigno Aquino has recently signed into a law,
already disallows such a saving-generation strategy of concerned
offices which they used to allot for their additional bonuses and
In a separate source,
Budget Secretary Butz Abad also said that some P23B awaits to be spent
for these unfilled positions and should these remain untouched, it
will be retrieved by government for other meaningful expenditures.
Among others, 12
thousand nurses are needed by the country, 200 doctors, 1,000
midwives, 13 thousand teachers, 665 staff for Congress, 5 thousand for
Supreme Court, 269 for the Civil Service Commission and still more
policemen, auditors, lawyers, soldiers and judges.
More teachers are
needed next year, the source added because of the implementation of
the new DepEd Curriculum K+12. Today’s hiring rate for teachers is
now better-off as compared to the past, because it is now pegged at
P15 thousand a month. Besides, generally, government salary rates are
now close to be competitive with the private sectors and corporations,
the source added.