Gov’t ‘ghost’ employees doomed

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DEPUTY Speaker Lorenzo Tañada said that it is about time to end the days of  ghost employees in the government.

Tanada made the call as he expressed support for the program of the Department of Budget and Management of purging ghost employees.

The National Payroll System will also avoid the non-remittance of premium payments to the Government Service Insurance System, Pag-IBIG Fund and PhilHealth.

It will also make more efficient  the Bureau of Internal Revenue’s collection of the withholding tax on salaries.

The NPS is one component of a planned Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (Gifmis) which will provide real-time information on government financial transactions.

To hasten the implementation of the NPS, Tañada urged agencies to comply with the March 31 order of President Aquino to submit to the DBM a complete list of their personnel so these can collated into a “Comprehensive Database on Government Manpower.”

The list to be submitted to budget department should include appointees, positions, and authorized compensation, on all civilian, military, and uniformed personnel complement, whether regular, casual or contractual in nature.

Taxpayers will spend P1.75 billion a day for the salaries of government workers in 2013 when state payroll expense will hit at P641.3 billion or almost double that what it was in 2006, Tañada said.

Tañada said “the P1 in every P3“ spent by the government now goes to pay envelopes of government workers plus the legion of veterans and pensioners from the military, police and other uniformed services.

Basic pay and assorted types of compensation has been allotted P641.3 billion or 32 percent of the proposed P2-trillion national budget for 2013.

To pay for the salaries and other allowances of civilian employees, government will shell out P424.2 billion next year.

Also included in the NPS expense are the initial year salary of the estimated 100,000 teachers, nurses, doctors, jail guards who will be hired next and the last installment of the Salary Standardization Law III pay increase.

Compensation for soldiers, policemen, firemen, jail guards and Coast Guard personnel, on the other hand, will add P122.3 billion  to this annual bill.

Under the proposed National Payroll System, the salary of an employee will go directly to his bank account.

“By bypassing the agency, there will be little opportunity to convert NPS allocation into other uses,” he said, adding that “recent history showed that the conversion of payroll money was a source of graft.”


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