This brazen practice of politicians to pressure government employees during election should stop. Who can protect them? Let them vote freely. After all, we’re supposed to be in a Democratic Country.
Maria Teresa B. Benas
BANGUED, Abra (PIA) — The Civil Service Commission – Abra Field Unit clarified issues on appointments under the prohibited acts issued by the Commission on Elections relative to the conduct of the May 9, 2016 national, local and Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) elections.
CSC-Abra Director Perfecto B. Cardenas said the ban on appointments shall cover prohibitions on personnel movement such as transfer, appointment, detail and reassignment of government personnel during the election period.
Cardenas explained that the transfer or movement of officers and employees in the civil service is in effect for the whole duration of the election period which started January 10 until June 8, 2016.
Other prohibited acts during the period include the suspension of elective local officials, use of security personnel or bodyguards by candidates and organization or maintenance of reaction forces, strike forces, or other similar forces, and the implementation of gun ban.
The ban on appointment such as hiring new employees, creating or filling up of new positions or promoting or giving of salary increases, remuneration or privilege shall cover the period from March 25 to May 8, 2016.
Cardenas further explained that employees who have filed their certificate of candidacy and unfortunately loss in the May 2016 elections, shall not be allowed to be appointed within a period of one year after the elections.
These provisions of the Omnibus Election Code as explained by Cardenas give security of tenure to permanent government employees and officials that the CSC adheres to be observed and implemented.
Said clarification is CSC’s response to apprehensions raised by local government employees who are apparently being harassed by local chief executives who have somehow doubts on the “loyalty” and support of their employees. (JDP/MTBB – PIA CAR, Abra)