DepEd to terminate all consultants

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010


THE Department of Education (DepEd) will end the services of all its consultants before the end of the year.

“All carry-over consultants will end their term by December 31 this year. We have already conducted a review on their performance,” said Education Secretary Armin Luistro.

Carry-over consultants were those hired during the administration of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo but were retained when President Benigno Aquino III assumed post last June 30.

The issue on consultants was raised by the DepEd-National Employees Union (DepEd-NEU) in their call for Luistro’s resignation early in his term.

The union said DepEd has 67 consultants, including five who were hired during the time of former secretaries Florencio Abad and Jesli Lapus.

Earlier, Luistro vowed to streamline the bloated bureaucracy at the DepEd to effect efficient spending of public funds and maximize the use of limited resources.

He said the streamlining is a must, noting that the bulk of DepEd budget goes to the salary of its more than 500,000 personnel.

Luistro also ordered a thorough review on the seminars and trainings conducted by the department.

“Nagsasagawa kami ng review at pag-aaral tungkol dito sa mga trainings kasi ang iba nagagamit lang sa junket,” explained Luistro.

The Commission on Audit earlier hit the practice of some DepEd officials who have been charging P15,000 as extra-duty allowance for their participation in seminars or trainings. (AH/Sunnex)

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