The Finance Department said Tuesday it is recruiting highly-competent and committed individuals who will support the economic team in drawing up a recovery plan for the domestic economy and implement it as soon as the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic is over.
Finance Assistant Secretary Antonio Joselito Lambino II said the DOF’s Strategy, Economics and Results Group, which he heads, is building a team to support state economic managers in coming up with a recovery and stimulus plan for the economy.
“There is so much we all need to do to help each other get back on our feet. A crucial part of our national recovery effort is crafting and implementing a bounce-back plan for our economy,” Lambino said.
“SERG is building up its team that will support our economic managers in making this happen,” he said.
Lambino said the COVID-19 pandemic had affected various aspects of Filipinos’ lives, families, communities, places of work and industries and the Philippine economy.
He said the DOF needed purpose-driven, results-oriented and dedicated workers who are passionate about the effective and efficient delivery of government programs and services to the Filipino people.
Lambino said that in close partnership with other government agencies and stakeholders, the work of the would-be recruits would include helping provide relief to poor and low-income families and for employees of small businesses.
The team would also contribute to the plan of ushering in and boosting inclusive growth, job creation and poverty reduction and laying a strong foundation for the nation’s renewed pursuit of inclusive development and shared prosperity under the post-pandemic “new normal” scenario.
Lambino said all of these would require raising resources from better expenditure management, improved tax policy, better tax administration, effective debt management and other innovative and equitable means to share the costs of recovery.
“To achieve these objectives, we need a combination of technical specialists and effective communicators: people who listen well and engage effectively with all kinds of stakeholders; build coalitions for change; recast complex jargon into popular language; while also bringing ideas of stakeholders to the attention of policymakers,” Lambino said.
“The government needs highly competent, compassionate and committed individuals who are strategic thinkers, who can communicate well and work with teams to help our country rise above this present crisis,” he said.