Solon to create entrepreneurs out of gov’t employees

GOVERNMENT employees may be allowed to engage in a small business
enterprise while still in government service under a bill expressing
concern over the plight of lowly public servants.

Rep. Jane Tan-Castro (2nd District, Capiz) has filed House Bill 29
providing for the development of entrepreneurship skills among
government employees for an innovation-inspired corps of civil
servants and a productive post-service citizenry.

Tan-Castro said the bill intends to make entrepreneurs out of the
country’s almost two million government workers.

“The Philippine Government is the single-largest employer in the
country. Yet, the compensation of government workers is not as
competitive compared to that of the private sector,” Tan-Castro said.

“The bill shall push for needed reforms to assist government workers
to earn extra income in their spare time or after office hours,”
Tan-Castro said.

Tan-Castro said the bill aims to keep the government’s pool of
talented and experienced personnel in its employ, and help them when
they go into private life after retirement.

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

Under the bill, all government offices and agencies shall prepare a
post-service Entrepreneurship Development Program (EDP) for their
employees based on Civil Service Commission-prescribed guidelines.

Tan-Castro said entrepreneurship is the practice of starting new
organizations, particularly new businesses in response to identified
opportunities, ranging from solo ventures to major undertakings.

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

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

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 employees’ agency heads 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 workings of capital investment.


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