Civil Service Commission tells state workers to stay out of politics

January 26, 2019
Civil Service Commission

THE Civil Service Commission (CSC) reminded government workers against engaging in partisan political activities or face sanctions, even dismissal from service.

CSC chair Alicia dela Rosa-Basa issued the reminder in line with preparations for the May 13 midterm elections.

Dela Rosa-Basa cited Section 261 of the Omnibus Election Code or Intervention of Public Officers and Employees which states that any officer or employee in the civil service, except those holding political offices, engaging directly or indirectly in any electioneering or partisan political activity shall be found guilty of an election offense.

“No officer or employee in the civil service, as well as any member of the military, shall engage, directly or indirectly, in any electioneering or partisan political activity, except to vote,” she said.

Those who will be found guilty of engaging directly or indirectly in partisan political activities will be suffer a penalty of one month and one day to six months suspension for the first offense.

An advisory on Electioneering and Partisan Political Activity issued through CSC Resolution No. 1600298 dated 29 March 2016 reiterates that the prohibition aims to ensure that government workers will remain focused on the affairs of the government, do away with the spoils system, and shield public service from political influences.

The CSC however clarified that government workers may still express views on political matters but not to the extent they end up soliciting contributions from their subordinates or others.