• Business groups tell PNoy: Fill vacant posts

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    A coalition of business groups and foreign chambers asked Malacañang to fill the vacant posts at the Department of Energy (DOE) and other government agencies.

    In a letter to President Benigno Aquino 3rd, the Philippine Business Groups and the Joint
    Foreign Chambers (PBG-JFC) said these vacant positions should be filled by qualified, credible, and experienced public servants.

    Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla submitted his irrevocable resignation to Aquino on March 26 citing personal and family reasons. Petilla was to have left his post on April 30 but since Aquino did not act on his quit bid, Petilla is still the DOE chief.

    Petilla has admitted that the President is having a hard time looking for his replacement.

    Petilla pointed out that nobody wants his position because of its limited power to address the most pressing problem in the industry.

    The coalition also recommended the establishment of a public-private Energy Council composed of credible electricity experts. The council will formulate and regularly update a detailed energy security and price competitiveness roadmap with specific targets and timetables, which will also be regularly updated.

    Apart from the DOE, the group said vacant posts remain unfilled in the Civil Service Commission and the Philippine National Police.

    The coalition also asked Aquino to enact critical policy reforms aimed at ensuring inclusive growth through job generation, poverty reduction, and global competitiveness, entering the final 12 months of his administration.

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