MBPF to be used for bureaucracy resizing plan, staffing needs of new agencies │ GMA News Online

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said on Friday that the increase in the proposed budget for the Miscellaneous Benefits Fund (MPBF) in 2023 will be used for the government’s bureaucratic right-sizing initiative as well as for funding needs. staff of the newly created agencies.

The 2023 National Expenditure Program shows that the government is proposing 89,041,479,000 pesos for the MPBF, more than the 27 billion pesos allocated in 2022.

The MPBF will be used “for the payment of various social benefits to or on behalf of national government officials and employees”.

Under-Secretary Budget for Media Affairs, Community Relations and Internal Audit Goddes Libiran told GMA News Online that “the increase will enable the government to effectively fund social benefits in the event of salary shortfalls. , bonuses and authorized allowances of national government personnel”.

“Every year we run out of funding for government employee benefits. In fact, this year alone, we have already released about 21 billion pesos for the granting of the performance-based bonus (PBB) of employees, such as teachers and health workers, even though we have just allocated 10 billion pesos,” Libiran said.

In addition, the budget officer said that the MPBF “will support funding requirements for the continuation of organizational and staffing changes in departments/agencies that will be covered by the implementation of the government’s national right-sizing program ( NGRP)”.

She said the NGRP “primarily aims to strengthen the institutional capacity of government to improve the delivery of public services, strengthen the performance of critical functions, streamline systems and processes, and implement transformational reform initiatives.” .

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has previously called on Congress to prioritize passage of the NGRP, saying the right-sizing measure will strengthen the government’s institutional capacity to fulfill its mandate and deliver better services while ensuring optimal and efficient use of resources.

“Compared to previous government reorganization efforts, the NGRP will involve a comprehensive strategic review of the functions, operations, organization, systems and processes of the various agencies, and massive and transformational initiatives in the relevant agencies, such as as merging, consolidating, splitting, transferring, and abolishing certain offices,” the president said.

“The right-sizing efforts will also involve conducting a comprehensive strategic review of functions, programs and projects that will cut across various agencies,” Marcos added.

Budget Secretary Amenah Pangandaman explained earlier that the administration’s plan to downsize the bureaucracy does not automatically mean a reduction in the number of staff in government agencies.

Pangandaman said downsizing can also mean tightening up an agency’s requirements.

The DBM will check 187 agencies, departments, offices and offices, including government owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs) – which employ around two million people – for redundant or overlapping functions.

Meanwhile, the special provisions of the MPBF include the payment of staff benefits, which “shall be used for shortfalls in the authorized salaries, bonuses, allowances, associated bonuses and other similar benefits of national government staff, including personnel department requirements for the filling and creation of positions authorized by law, the President of the Philippines or the DBM.”

Libiran said that the MPBF will also be used for personnel services budget which will be required by the newly created offices and departments such as Department of Migrant Workers, National Commission for the Elderly, National Authority for Child Care children, among others.

“The increase will also support the cost of Personnel Services (PS) for the upgrading of faculty positions in State Universities and Colleges (SUCs), as well as the creation of critical positions in the various agencies such as the non-teaching/support staff positions. to the Ministry of Education and CUS, and medical and paramedical items for hospitals and other health facilities under the Ministry of Health,” she said.

Under the proposed MPBF budget for 2023, a total of P65,306,448,000 is allocated for funding requirements for personnel changes and salary increases, while P13,259,139,000 has been allocated for funding requirements for filling vacancies.

A legal defense fund, on the other hand, will have 200 million pesos. The amount, according to the NEP 2023, will be used for actual expenses, including the payment of premiums for the deposit of bonds and the cash advance for the expenses of officials and employees of departments, offices and offices, in connection with the defense of administrative and civil cases. , or criminal proceedings instituted against them before the courts for acts committed in the exercise of their effective functions.—AOL, GMA News

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