Peña appointments voided
The Civil Service Commission has so far invalidated 99 appointments for promotion and regularization issued under the administration of former Makati acting Mayor Romulo Peña.
To date, the Office of the Mayor has received 99 letters signed by CSC Makati Field Office Director Henry Peliño, all declaring as invalid either the promotion or regularization of certain personnel for violating CSC rules banning appointments during an election period, failure to comply with mandated procedures, and ineligibility.
“With the action taken by the Civil Service Commission, through its Makati Field Office, we will now be able to firm up our budgetary allocations for personal services through a more accurate computation of salary increases and performance incentives,” City Personnel Officer Vissia Marie Aldon said.
Aldon said the 99 invalidated appointments consist of 73 promotions and 26 regular appointments.
“These nullified appointments make up the initial batches sent by the CSC Makati Field Office. We are expecting more will follow as the CSC continues its review of the remaining appointments in question,” Aldon said. Based on records, Peña signed appointments for the promotion and/or regularization of about 260 personnel.
The concerned personnel are working at the Ospital ng Makati, the Makati health department, the budget department, the general services department, the Makati Action Center, the accounting department, the finance department, the education department, the Office of the City Building Official, the Economic Enterprise Management Office, and the City Civil Registration Office.
In his letters to the Mayor, Peliño cited CSC Memorandum Circular No. 10, series of 2011, which contains the “Revised Rules on Appointments Issued by Outgoing Elective and Appointive Officials.”
The circular declares that all appointments issued after the election up to June 30 by outgoing elective and appointive officials shall be disapproved, unless they comply with certain requisites.
To qualify for an exemption to the ban, the appointee of an elective official must meet the minimum qualifications as required under the CSC Qualification Standards Manual or special law, if any, for the position to which he/she was appointed.
He or she must have undergone the Personnel Selection Board (PSB) screening prior to the election ban. In this case, the appointing authority or agency shall submit the minutes of the PSB meetings and an evaluation report of the applicants.
Third, there should be an urgent need for the issuance of the appointment/s so as not to prejudice the public or endanger public safety.
Fourth, Civil Service Law, rules and regulations and special laws, if any, on the issuance of appointments should be followed.