MANILA, Philippines—Senate Minority Chief Franklin Drilon questioned on Monday the “uncommon” 1,000-percent enhance of coterminous employees beneath President Rodrigo Duterte’s communications workplace.
From solely eight coterminous positions at the beginning of the Duterte administration in 2016, the quantity rose to 81 this yr.
Presidential Communications Operations Workplace (PCOO) Undersecretary Kris Ablan confirmed this when the Senate finance subcommittee tackled the company’s funds proposal for 2022.
“Primarily based on our report Mr. Chairman, for 2016 we had eight coterminous,” Ablan stated, responding to Drilon’s question.
“You had eight coterminous in 2016, now you’ve gotten 83 or a 1, 000 p.c enhance? That’s what the report says. Once more I repeat, in 2016 you’re solely eight, walong coterminous, ngayon 83, a 1,000 p.c enhance. Why?” the senator requested.
Ablan defined the PCOO wanted “help employees” for the workplaces the secretary, undersecretaries and assistant secretaries.
“Are you saying that in 2016, PCOO didn’t have enough help employees as a result of they’d solely eight and also you doubled it 1,000 instances. At present its 83? That’s uncommon,” Drilon careworn.
Ablan once more defined that at the moment, PCOO officers made no requests for immediate support staff from the Division of Price range and Administration.
“However why is there a sudden must multiply it 1,000 instances from eight to 83 at the beginning of this administration, of the Duterte administration. You solely had eight. At present you’ve gotten 83,” the minor chief requested once more.
“Bakit naman ganun? That’s 1,000 instances extra. What’s so uncommon for the previous six years that you simply needed to enhance your coterminous positions 1,000 instances?” the senator went on.
At this level, Ablan identified that 35 of 83 coterminous are with newly-created workplace of the PCOO, which is the Freedom of Info Challenge Administration Workplace.
PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar got here to the rescue after Drilon remarked that he was not satisfied by the reason.
Andanar identified that in the course of the previous administration, there was additionally a Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office except for the PCOO
“And beneath the presidency of President Duterte, we’ve to merge each workplaces,” he additional defined.
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