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Malacañang focuses on streamlining of state agencies, Executive Secretary says

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Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. said on Thursday Malacañang is fast-tracking the streamlining of government agencies to avoid redundancy and overlapping of functions.

Guesting at the "Talking Points" radio program aired Thursday over DZRB Radyo ng Bayan of the Philippine Broadcasting Service (PBS), Ochoa said the administration is also pursuing the privatization of some government–owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs) in line with the austerity measures of President Benigno S. Aquino III.

“We are reviewing their charters as enacted by Congress. We have to standardize everything as much as we can. We are checking out where to put the employees of affected agencies,” he told radio program host Allan Allanigue of the Philippine Broadcasting Service (PBS).
The twice-a-week "Talking Points" radio program is a joint project of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), Philippine Information Agency (PIA), PBS, and National Broadcasting Network-Channel 4.

While saying that some GOCCs are doing well, Ochoa noted that the overwhelming bureaucracy seems evident in nearly every government agency.

“Whether it’s in the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) and Philippine Postal Bank (Postal Bank), the amount of paper work has become a hindrance to policy making,” the Palace official said.

Ochoa said that within the Office of the President (OP) itself, there is another agency which is in need of being streamlined. He noted that the said office is tasked to do legal matters.

On the issue of privatizing the sequestered Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation (IBC-13) and Radio Philippines Network (RPN)-Channel 9, Ochoa said they are still discussing the fate of the two media facilities.

“There is no clear direction yet, but we’re discussing on how to go about it. We have to privatize as much as we can the services. Expertise of government is limited,” Ochoa said.

The Department of Finance (DOF) under Secretary Cesar Purisima is taking charge of the plan to have the two TV stations privatized.

Ochoa said the target date for privatization of the two stations would be within two to three years.

"IBC-13 and RPN-9 stations were sequestered after the EDSA People Power Revolution in 1986 -- a long time passed already, but there’s still no closure to the issue,” the Executive Secretary said.

By Joel C. Atencio-PNA




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