Philippine Bureaucracy Essay

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Philippine Bureaucracy


That the Philippine government has consistently failed in satisfying the needs and growing expectations of the Filipino people is a fact rather than a perception. What is widely perceived however, is that such failure of government is only due to the inefficiency of its bureaucracy to produce and deliver public goods and services. To accept the perception that the inefficiency of the bureaucracy is the main culprit in the failu re of government is to grant the dichotomization of the orientation of governance and the administration of its affairs.

The form and substance of the bureaucracy as the main machinery of government is heavily defined by the latter's
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Such limitation is aggravated by the wastage of substantia l amount, about 30% of that which goes to operations, that is pocketed by the politicians and the high bureaucrats thru wholesale graft and corruption and the pork-barrel system (fund allocations for congressmen's/senators' pet/patron ghost projects).

The acts of government to join the General Agreement on Tariff and Trades-World Trade Organization (GATT-WTO), the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), both as instruments of imperialism, is to completely subjugate the interest of the Filipino people to the intensification of exploitation as the crisis of imperialism worsens.

The corresponding inter-related policies of liberalization, deregulation, and privatization are meant to expand and intensify the opening of the Philippine economy to the insatia ble thirst for super profits of foreign monopolies. As the same policies are cornerstones of the Medium-Term Philippine Development Plan (MTPDP) Philippines 2000 of the Ramos government, it is expected to worsen the delivery of public goods and services as such shall be left to the manipulation of the foreign investors and local capitalists.

It is not surprising therefore, that the neverending saga of measures to attain a passing mark on accountability, efficiency, effectiveness, and economy of the bur eaucracy has far been records of misaccomplishments of set objectives. Such strategies of reorganization, decentralization, integrated area

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