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Sotto wants bill trimming ‘bloat’ in bureaucracy passed

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Senate President Tito Sotto will prioritize the passage of a bill rightsizing the bureacracy.

Sotto said it is time to trim the proverbial fat in government despite pending proposals to create new government agencies.

“Maraming priorities ang bawat isang senador, mag-uusap-usap muna kami kasi gusto namin ipaalam sa administrasyon na gusto i-prioritize ng Senado ang right sizing sobrang bloated ang burukrasya tapos magke-agke create tau ng Department of Disaster kung ang isang department bloated so saka tayo mag-accommodate,” he said in an interview on DZBB radio.

Sotto said the administration should consider introducing a program to gradually decrease personnel by offering them early retirement.

He noted that of the P3.7-trillion national budget for 2019, 65 percent was allocated for personal services or salaries of government employees.

“Matagal ko nang proposal wala naman nakikinig sa akin, sinasabi ko na dapat magkaroon ng early retirement program na may lump sum ka, pwede ka na magtayo ng bagong negosyo. Ang studies na nakikita ko halos 50 percent ang mago-opt ng early retirement,” Sotto said.

Sotto said the govenrment can save billions of pesos by rightsizing the bureaucracy.

“P800 billion ang mase-save mo, ilang ospital at skyway ang maitatayo mo taun-taon yun hindi one time. Sana mapag-usapan yung early retirement at malaki ang maa-unload natin sa budgetary issue o problem,” he added.

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