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Groups of Government employees scored the Duterte Adminsitration for hiring former men in uniform for civlian positions in government.

Confederation for unity, Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees President Ferdinand Gaite singled out former AFP Chief of Staff Ricardo Visaya at the National Irrigiation Administration, Customs Commissionner Nicanor Faeldon, Retired Marine General Alexander Balutan at the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, former Davao City PNP Chief Jaime Morente at the Bureau of Immigratuon and former PNP Deputy Chief for Operations Edgar Galvante at the Land Tranpsortation office.

Gaite believes their appointments are worrisome. “kami rin nangangamba kasi ngayon sa ilalim ni Duterte  dumadami yung tinatawag na dating militar ex military at ex PNP na nasa gubyerno ngayon ang isa na rito yung kareretire  lamang as AFP chief of staff si General Visaya na nilagay sa NIA pagkatapos tinanggal yung isang opisyal sa BOC Bureau of Customs andiyan yung myembro ng magdalo si faeldon si general balutan asa pcso si  former davao city pnp chief jaime morente nasa  BID si edgar galvante former ex pnp nasa LTO ibig sabihin talagang dumadami yung mga militar at sundalo sa gubyerno ang tawag nga  namin dito militarization of the bureaucracy  nakakdismaya yung sinabi ni duterte kaya daw niya pinili yung sundalot pulis aksi tamad daw yung mga sibilyan. may utak pulbura na mindset.”

They are however not the first Duterte appointees to come from the uniformed sector. his National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon was AFP Chief under the Arroyo Administration while his Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana was also a Retired Army General.

Duterte also is not the first president to hire former men in uniform for civlian posts.

THE Confederation for unity, Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees led groups of government employees in  pointing out that it’s been almost a year since the last elections catapulted Rodrigo Duterte to the President which is why it’s timely to held him accountable for his election promises. Gaite points out that government wages remain alow amid rising prices of goods under the Duterte Adminstration.

Courage President Ferdinand Gaite said, “sa inabot ng 1 taon halos 1 taon na ni pang duterte ang sahod ay nanatiling napakababa kung susuriin kung ihahambing sa tinatawag na family living wage o nakabubuhay na sahod  wala pa itong ikatlong bahagi batay sa sahod na ngayon tinatanggap ng maliit na kawani umaabot lamang ng 9981 pesos kadawa buwan ang pinakamababa ito yung Salary grade 1. kung ihahambing sa 33 thousand, more than 1100 pesos na a day or almost 33 thousand pesos a month ang kailangan ng pamilyang pilipino para mabuhay. napakalayo halos 10 mil lang sa mahigit trena thousand. tuloy uloy na tumataas ang presyo ng batayang bilihin implasyon tumaas ng 3.5% itong sahod na ito ay di nakabubuhay”

Gaite also pointed out that Duterte failed to deliveer on his campaign promise to end labor contractualization. “tuloy pa rin ang patakarang kontraktuwlaisasyon pagkat  ngayon di lang sa pribadong sektor pati sa gobyerno napakatalamak na rin ang paggamit ng kontraktuwal na manggagawa 

Gaite pointed out that labor contractualization in the government remains high. “ang klasipikasyon nila eitehr casual contractual o yung tnatawag natin na jo o job ordr sa contract of srevcies sa media may tinatawag na talent walang pinagkaiba yan. makikita kahit sa datos ng CSC napakarami ang mga pinakamalalaki dito sa LGU pero yung ibang National government agencies,  DPWH, DSWD,  DOH eto yung mga ahensiya na pinakamaraming casual ( 88990) contractual (37130) sa kasalukuyan 1/3 ng burokrasya ay tinuturing na di regular”

Gaite also scored the adminsitration’s economic managers. “ang kinakapitang konsepto ng programang pang ekonomiya  ni duterte na itnutulak ng kaniyang mga eocnomic managers ay itong bangkaroteng neo liberal na economic framework”

The groupd also started unveiling their plans to call in the election promises of President Duterte as part of their comemoration of Labor Day in 2 weeks.

The groups will undertake various mass actions that will be joined by government workers.

Gaite also said, “essentially  ang magiging tema ng itong magaganap na malaking pagkilos sa mayo uno ay ang tuloy tuloy pa ring paghahamon paniningil aglantad at paglaban sa mga patakarang lalong sumusupil sa mga karapatan ng mga kawani mangagagawa at mamayan at the same time isunsulong yung laban ng mga tagumpay na napagwagi sa pamamagitan ng sama samang pagkilos  sa mga kilos sa mga kawani at mamayan,”