Reasons Why I Hate Working in the Philippine Government

There are huge numbers of individuals which are jobless right now. Despite of their special skills and good credentials, looking for a decent job is hard for them to find. According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, 5.2% of the total number of Filipinos are unemployed compared to 5.3% January of this year.

These numbers might be good indication. However, there are still lots of work to be done. A few weeks ago, SUCs performed commencement exercises which adds to the total unemployment rate. These graduates are well-equipped with knowledge to deal with the present trends.  

Competent individuals aspire to work in the private industry. Yet, some professionals chose to work in the government. In this article, we will show you why applying for a job in the government is a must and a better choice than anything else.

Security of tenure

Filling up vacant position in the government permanently makes you, somehow, untouchable. Getting fired suddenly is tough due to the codes implemented by the government. However, ignorance of the law excuses no one. Disobedience of the code of ethics might remove you from office.

In private corporations, once their institution faced financial illness, there is a great possibility that you might get fired anytime.


There are seminars in the government. These seminars will exposed you to high-ranking government officials. If you’re a good chatter, you have the chance to get affiliated with them.

You might be able to talk and chat with prominent employees which could assist you in times of need.

Attending seminars also imply the expense of your travel. That is, cash allowances are provided.

Benefits and contributions

The Philippine government established Social Security System (SSS) for private employees and Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) for government employees. These branches of the government were created to protect their families against unnecessary situations.

Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) or commonly knows as Pag-IBIG fund was also created to provide loans to government employees. Its common purpose is to assist employees and aid financial assistance through calamity, housing and multi-purpose loans

A financial health assisting body was also created thru PhilHealth. Its main purpose is to assist employees with practical means of paying for adequate medical care in the Philippines.


Reasons above are the most common rewards you would receive from being a permanent government employee. Aside from the above list, benefits like Personal Economic Relief Allowance (PERA) / Additional Compensation Allowanc (ACA), 13th and 14th month pay and clothing allowance are also guaranteed.  

There are also downsides when applying and working in the government. I am going to share it with you these coming weeks, so stay tuned.

  1. Mabuhay kabayan! There are tons of pros and cons working in the govt. It has been awhile since I left my job. I was a nurse in a govt hospital and it was… Well, let’s just say I learned a lot from it specially how to assert my rights it’s why I made time to read our Labor Code. I’m also careful when signing contracts. Back then, getting a job there was a challenge because during my time (early 2010s), you have to have a “backer” for you to get in. The higher the position of your “backer” the higher the chances of you getting employed. Sometimes your experiences and qualifications are being overlooked. Unfair, right?

    I hope you’re doing well in your career. I know it’s tough working in the government.

  2. Hmmm, I want to read more because I want to understand workforces in other countries. I have coworkers from the Philippines, so I am going to seek their opinions too.

  3. I don’t know much about Philippines government but I do like in the public sector. Since I don’t have experience of it another side of the gross is looking greener.

  4. Doesn’t sound like too terrible of a gig! Hopefully, you can take advantage of more of the affiliations without spending any additional money in the future!

  5. Hi Oscar. I’m just a bit confused about the heading of your article and its content. From the post it looks like working for the government is a better option than working for private sector, yet your heading says: “Why I HATE working for the government”!

  6. I know it must be rough, but it’s better than being one of those without a job. Plus it sounds like the benefits are pretty descent. It seems like most government jobs have decent benefits… no matter the country.

  7. It seems that it’s quite beneficial to work in government in many places. I am not well versed in the ins and outs of the government there, so this was interesting. Government jobs don’t always seem to be the best or the most ideal, but they are pretty secure, from my understanding.

  8. Hi Oscar, I thought everything has changed, well that’s actually from my perspective. In the past, I felt that government workers in the Philippines were ultra superior but with changing times and governance, I feel that it’s better now and government workers are more approachable and professional. However, I really have no idea what happens inside the organisation though. Thanks for sharing.

  9. I would probably love to work in the government because of the benefits, but aiming for a career in chemistry is not going to give me the requirements. Informative post, though, thanks!

    xxxx Aga

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