Di ba nagtitipid tayo? Proposed creation of 3 new agencies puzzles Danny Suarez
House of Representatives Minority Floor Leader Danilo Suarez is baffled by the government’s plan to create three new agencies — a Department of Culture, a Philippine Space Agency, and a Department of Housing — which seems to conflict with a priority bill seeking to “rightsize” the bloated bureaucracy.
“Katatapos lang sa third reading yung downsizing ng gobyerno. Tapos magpropose kayo ng tatlong departments?” he said, referring to House Bill No. 5707, the proposed Rightsizing the National Government Act, which gives President Rodrigo Duterte the power to eliminate redundancies and streamline government offices.
The Quezon third-district representative made his objections known during the second Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council meeting at Malacañan Palace last Tuesday.
“Kung gusto nyo na ang HUDCC (Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council) Cabinet rank, fine, then palitan at gawin na Department of Housing. But don’t create regional offices. Once you create a new department, you create new regional offices,” Suarez said last Wednesday.
“It’s just a spinoff of HUDCC, because it would be performing the same function,” he said.
Suarez said there was a “standstill” at the LEDAC when he expressed his opposition to the plan after Palace executives spent 35 minutes briefing them about the new agencies.
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