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The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has finished a “rationalization plan” to streamline its offices, highlighted by the hiring of almost 70 new agents and investigators in the last two years.

On Thursday, Justice Secrtary Leila de Lima said the NBI, which is under the Department of Justice, is still looking for its last batch of recruits this year for positions in the newly formed Forensic Science Division.

“The DOJ is done with its major rationalization plans. We continue to fine-tune the implementation and request for the new or revised positions to meet the changing demands of justice work,” De Lima said.

“Human resources is the key to any high performance organization,” she added.

De Lima said the rationalization plan was designed and conceived in 2005 as a government-wide effort to streamline offices and establish more integrated functions.

However, it was only under De Lima’s leadership that “serious efforts were made to push for the plan’s completion.”

For his part, NBI Director Nonnatus Caesar Rojas said the new recruitment would “motivate us to rethink our policies and assign our best people to the most critical tasks.”

Rojas said the NBI would soon be submitting its request for the recruitment of the last batch of new NBI personnel.

Another highlight of the rationalization plan are the strengthening of the Investigative Service, the clustered approach to using science and technology in crime fighting, the improved Information and Communications Technology Division, and the deployment of NBI personnel where the need is greatest. Mark Merueñas/RSJ, GMA News

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