MANILA, Philippines - The new Aquino government issued on Wednesday afternoon a memorandum meant to clear the bureaucracy of the last administration’s appointees.
Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda announced in a press conference a memorandum circular “declaring all non-career executive service positions vacant as of 30 June 2010, and extending the services of contractual employees whose contracts expire on 30 June 2010.”
The memorandum circular, the first one to be issued under Aquino’s term, was signed by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Jr. It is effective immediately.
Lacierda said the memorandum does not cover the so-called midnight appointees under President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s term.
He said this issue will be tackled on a different venue after the President's advisers determine the most legally tenable policy.
The memorandum was issued “in order to prevent the unnecessary disruption of government operations and impairment of official processes and transactions as well as the delivery of services to the people.”
Based on the memorandum, the most senior career executive service officers (CESO) will take over the vacated offices up to July 31, or until a replacement is appointed.
The services of the contractual employees, on the other hand, will be extended up to July 31 “unless otherwise earlier terminated or removed by the heads of hiring agencies…”
Their services will be compensated in accordance with existing civil service rules.
The presidential appointees and the personnel are thus “directed to effect the orderly and complete turnover of records…”