The government will adopt a freeze hiring policy next year in line with its austerity measures, President Aquino said.
Mr. Aquino made this clear at the All Leaders’ Forum with volunteer groups who helped him in the campaign.
The President said he would have wanted to respond to online queries regarding employment opportunities, but decided against it.He said Budget Secretary Florencio Abad had advised him against employing more people in government because of budgetary constraints.
Abad had pointed out that next year’s national budget has no allocation for the payment of salaries of additional government employees.
Abad suggested the government might adopt freeze hiring in most agencies, possibly with the exception of the Department of Education (DepEd) for the hiring of additional teachers.
The government has managed to keep its national budget for 2011 at optimal level, P1.645 trillion, by doing away with personal expenditures and projects under the Department of Public Works and Highways that can be pre-terminated.