MANILA – The government is set to go on a hiring binge by recruiting 130,000 teachers, police officers, jail guards, and firefighters next year, an administration lawmaker said Saturday.
House Deputy Speaker Rolando Andaya Jr., in a statement, said President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the recruitment, coursed through his “Budget Message” on the proposed P3.757 trillion national budget for 2019.
Andaya said 10,000 new teaching posts will be created, with P2.21 billion to cover the initial year’s salary included in the proposed P529-billion budget of the Department of Education (DepEd).
Duterte also wants 105,529 vacant posts in DepEd filled, at a cost of P27.6-billion, which is included in the department’s 2019 outlay.
This would bring the department’s total authorized personnel complement to almost a million at 951,000.
“By 2022, it is safe to bet that DepEd will be a million-man agency. Every time there is a net increase of 40 enrollees in the public school system, we have to hire one teacher and build one classroom,” said Andaya.
Aside from teachers, Duterte also asked Congress for funds to hire 10,000 Police Officers 1; 2,000 Jail Officers 1; and 3,000 Fire Officers 1. Rookie firemen and jail guards’ first year compensation will cost P1.38-billion while it will be twice that amount for PNP personnel.
Andaya said hiring would also be conducted in other agencies, but he said “the President mentioned only the big-ticket ones in his Budget Message”.
He estimates that up to 150,000 job vacancies will be filled if hiring include personnel from the Department of Health (DoH), the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the Department of Transportation, and personnel of the armed services.
Andaya said in counting the budget’s “job generation potential, we have to include employment created by the government’s boosted up infrastructure spending.”
“Build, build, build is forecast to create one million jobs. Farm spending will also generate jobs in the tens of thousands. The P910 billion in capital outlays for next year will require more manpower,” he said.
The national government is projected to end 2019 with 269,098 unfilled positions out of the authorized 1.827 million positions.