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DOLE chief allays government workers’ concerns about the rightsizing scheme

State employees don’t need to be concerned about the government’s rightsizing plan, according to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), as it may not truly entail downsizing.

According to DOLE Secretary Bienvenido Laguesma in a news release on Sunday, the Department of Budget and Management’s (DBM) proposed action to tighten budgets also entails streamlining administrative processes.

To improve a system, it may include moving human resources from one office to another, according to Laguesma.

Laguesma claimed that rightsizing refers to structural changes and procedural streamlining in the private sector, which is where he previously worked.

“When you talk about streamlining, the focus is on creating more efficient and effective work environments. However, fundamental reforms call for modifications to the way the government operates. I don’t see workforce reductions in those descriptions,” the man stated.

Laguesma urged public employees who worry about losing their employment as a result of the DBM proposal to be calm because the administration does not want to see more Filipinos without jobs.

“Let’s be more optimistic with rightsizing, where the likelihood of transfers or even employing additional employees by a government with many tasks to do is very strong,” Laguesma continued.

The rightsizing idea, which was promoted by the DBM last week, quickly incited fears of a substantial retrenchment of government employees and angered labor organizations.

Laguesma promised that DOLE would uphold its commitment to advancing the welfare of employees in both the public and private sectors.

No matter what, DOLE will always fight for the security and safety of its employees, whether they work for the government or for private businesses, according to Laguesma.

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