CSC: Career officials not affected by Duterte memo

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 24 2016 05:37 PM

Civil Service Commission Chair Alicia Bala. File photo courtesy of Philippine Information Agency

MANILA – Amid confusion regarding President Rodrigo Duterte's memo that all appointees of the previous administration are sacked, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) clarified that career officials are not affected.

Exempted appointees are career officials, said CSC Chair Alicia dela Rosa-Bala. These include officials who were deemed eligible for career service and were appointed to their rank by the president.

"They are not covered—they are exempted from filing their courtesy resignations," said Bala during the House Committee on Appropriations hearing on the CSC's proposed budget for 2017.

The CSC chief told lawmakers the CSC will publish the clarification soon after they get word from Malacanang. 

"Nagpadala na rin kami ng liham [kay] Executive Secretary Medialdea clarifying this is the interpretation of the coverage of career officials identified as one of those exempted," she said.

On Monday, Duterte gave presidential appointees seven days to file their resignation, after declaring vacant over the weekend all appointive government posts.

READ: Presidential appointees given 7 days to resign

The controversial memorandum was questioned Wednesday by lawmakers, who also emphasized the need for a clarification.

"No president can declare positions vacant unless he is leading a revolutionary government," said Buhay Party-list Rep. Lito Atienza, who added that a clarification should be issued immediately for the benefit of government officials, as "public service is jeopardized."

According to Bala, those who are eligible for career executive service, and have a rank ensuring security of tenure need not worry about losing their jobs. Appointees with positions which are coterminous with the appointing power and temporary employees are covered by the memo, she said.

"From the wordings of this particular provision (of the memo), it would appear if the appointment is not issued by the incumbent president, they will not be covered by the exemption," said CSC Assistant Commissioner for Legal Affairs Ariel Ronquillo.

"Officials who are non-career can be removed anytime at the pleasure of the appointing authority. The power to appoint also has the power to remove," he said.

The CSC is asking for a P1.3 billion budget for 2016, up from P1.2 billion in 2016.