No massive layoffs in NBI – Rojas
MANILA, Philippines – National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Director Nonnatus Rojas denied on Wednesday, July 17, earlier reports that there will be massive layoffs with the approval of the agency's rationalization plan.
In a statement, Rojas said it is “simply incorrect to say that at least 148 NBI employees will be laid off as reported in the news.”
Quoting a letter sent by Budget Secretary Florencio Abad to the NBI, Manila Bulletin reported that 8 key divisions will be abolished or merged in the bureau within two months. As a result, the report said, the NBI employees will decrease from 1,979 to 1,831.
The NBI chief clarified: “There are no layoffs. NBI personnel covered by the rationalization plan may retire early with bigger incentives than the usual retirement, be assigned to other government agencies specifically within the Department of Justice (DOJ), or stay in the NBI until the position is vacated when they retire, transferred or leave the office.”
The NBI Rationalization Plan was designed and conceived way back in 2005 as a government-wide effort to streamline offices and establish more integrated functions, the statement said.
It added that since 2011, "the NBI has hired a total of almost 70 new agents and investigators and is opening a last batch for recruits for 2013."
Rojas added that "in order to streamline and make the organization more dynamic, personnel may be reassigned to other divisions of the NBI where they may be needed without diminution of the salaries benefits." – Rappler.com