Thursday, July 1, 2010

Memorandum Circular #1

Amended CircularOriginal

“All presidential appointees under coterminous status and/or those occupying positions created in excess of the authorized staffing pattern in all departments, offices, agencies and bureaus in the executive branch, are deemed separated from the service as of noon of June 30.

“All non-career executive service officials (non-CESO) occupying career executive service (CES) positions in all agencies of the executive branch shall remain in office and continue to perform their duties and discharge their responsibilities until July 31, or until their resignations have been accepted and/or until their respective replacements have been appointed or designated, whichever comes first.

“In cases where the head of agency or office has resigned and whose resignation has been accepted or is deemed separated on June 30 and no replacement has been appointed or designated, the next-in-rank and most senior official shall take over as officer in charge, to perform the duties and discharge the responsibilities of the position until July 31 or until a replacement has been appointed or designated, whichever comes first.

“Contractual and/or casual employees whose contracts expire on June 30 shall continue their services up to July 31, unless otherwise earlier terminated or renewed by their heads of the hiring agencies in accordance with their specific needs and requirements and subject to pertinent administrative and auditing rules and regulations.

“Services rendered by all non-CESO occupying CES positions, those taking over from resigned officials shall be compensated in accordance with the existing civil service, budgeting accounting and auditing rules and regulations. These officials and personnel are directed to effect an orderly and complete turnover of records, documents, books, equipment and properties of their respective offices to their successors, after the latter shall have been appointed or designated.”

The Presidential spokesman yesterday may have commited a faux pass when he prioritized an ANC interview over a formal press conference with waiting Malacanang press corps.

Lacierda, the spokesman, said the revisions were made because there was a need to “improve the language” of the order.“There was uncertainty as to the status of a number of non-career personnel so that had to be clarified. Because you see in the bureaucracy, you’ve got a lot of people who have not complied with their lack in eligibility requirements—these are not political appointees, most of them are not political appointees, so we needed to clarify where they were situated, what would be the consequence of the Memorandum Circular.”

There will be bound to be errors in the issuance of circulars. It is the human manly thing to do to edit any official pronouncemennt, circular, or proclamation.

The amended memorandum still is numbered #1. Maybe it would be better if they labelled the latest as Revised Memorandum Circular #1, July 1, 2010.


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