The state-run pension fund, the Social Security System (SSS), said it would not be affected by the proposed renewal of the bureaucracy, but rather that it needed additional staff for now.
Michael J. Regino, President and CEO of SSS, said the agency is advancing many of the proposed rights to government agencies and has begun actions toward such a direction without the approved legislation.
Regino said the Social Security system is understaffed and is being set up to “improve the efficiency of agency service delivery.”
“We’re doing this in the future; we’re not waiting for the bill. We’re looking at that as the way forward and we think we have to correct Plantella’s number early,” he told reporters.
Regino explained that the SSS plants were originally 13,000 when he came in.
We reviewed it and explained it to them [Social Security Commission, or SSC] That we can’t have 13,000 employees in the SSS.” “We have to increase the productivity of everyone and increase our level of digitization.”
After the review, Regino said they came up with a total of 8,500 patellas, which were submitted to Finance Minister Benjamin E. Diokno, who chairs the Special Security Committee. However, Regino added, the current workforce for the SSS is about 7,600.
“This is the most efficient level I think for the next three to four years. Do we need to review again after four years?” he said. “We are hiring more staff because when I went into the field, the queues were long. We need additional staff, and more fieldwork in the branches.”
REGINO said the SSS is constantly hiring more people in the IT field in line with the agency’s digitization efforts.
“[There will be] There are no job cuts in the state security system when the government adjusts the size of the bureaucracy.”
About 72 percent of SSS transactions are already digitized, Regino said, noting that once the level of digitization increases, the agency may need fewer staff in certain departments.
“As we continue to digitize and when we see that more Filipinos are being digitized, you will need fewer people in the branches. We may pressure them to do other things,” he said. “We consider SSS as one of the government offices at the forefront of digitization.”
In his first State of the Nation Address, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. identified the National Government Rights Program (NGRP) as one of his administration’s priority legislation. The program aims to enable the government to enhance its institutional capacity to provide better services while ensuring the efficient use of resources.
“The proposed NGRP will entail a comprehensive strategic review of the various agencies’ functions, operations, organization, systems and processes, and massive and transformational initiatives in the agencies involved, such as mergers, consolidation, division, transfer, and even the abolition of some,” Marcus said last July.
Last month, the state-run Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) expressed concern about the administration’s plan to tweak the size of the bureaucracy, saying it could put a strain on contributions to the pension fund. (Related story: https://businessmirror.com.ph/2022/08/01/gsis-concerned-over-rightsizing-scheme/)