Post-retirement program for retiring government employees pushed

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A lawmaker has filed a bill seeking to provide an alternative for employees, who opt to leave government, to venture into entrepreneurial activities and provide the necessary post-service assistance to its retiring employees.

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Rep. Susan Yap of Tarlac City has filed House Bill 410, which aims to make government a partner in honing the entrepreneurial skills of its employees to prepare them for better economic opportunities after working with government.

“It is the duty of the State to provide post-service assistance programs for purposes of allowing the retirees of government agencies to further evaluate and take advantage of business opportunities which can help them improve their living conditions after their retirement from government office,” Yap said.

Yap said the Philippine government is the biggest single employer of people with over 1.6 million workers in its employ allocating a significant portion of its annual budget to personal services.

“Competitive government employees shift to private employment upon the instance of opportunities while the rest opt to pursue public service until retirement,” Yap added.

The bill mandates all government offices and agencies to prepare a post service Entrepreneurship Development Program (EDP) for its retiring employees. These programs shall be designed to help employees learn what they need to know to develop ideas and actualize them into successful businesses, and how to increase entrepreneurial opportunities in their respective municipalities, provinces and regions.

“These programs will be designed to introduce retiring government employees to technology transfer systems, entrepreneurial educational programs and entrepreneurial networks,” Yap said.

To be known as the Government Employees’ Entrepreneurship Development Act of 2013,” the bill aims to guarantee the continuous flow of innovative and development-oriented government programs and projects for entrepreneurial development.

“The measure ensures the maintenance of highly competitive government employees and the creative use of such resources whether in-service or post-service,” Yap said.

Under the measure, the EDP shall be designed to help employees learn what they need to know to develop and actualize ideas into successful businesses, aid them how to increase entrepreneurial opportunities in their respective municipalities, provinces and regions, and introduce them to technology transfer systems, entrepreneurial educational programs and networks.

Likewise, all government agencies shall promote and support the establishment of cooperatives with the assistance of the Cooperative Development Authority, and of savings and loans associations (SLAs).

Under the bill, government employees’ cooperatives shall have preferential rights to operate revenue-generating activities in available government-owned sites and facilities, provided these activities don’t interfere with their work.

The agency head concerned shall link up with government financial institutions (GFIs) to provide sources of financing for the employees’ entrepreneurial projects.

GFI experts shall be tapped to conduct lectures, workshops and live case studies of successful entrepreneurs. The participants shall be taught how to identify and evaluate opportunities for business ventures and understand the system of capital investment.

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) shall promulgate the rules and regulations needed to implement the provisions of the proposed act. PNA

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