Comelec reminds on ban vs hiring, transfers in gov’t

February 27, 2019

THE Civil Service Commission (CSC) reminded government agencies nationwide to comply with the prohibition on the transfer or movement of officers and employees in the civil service from 13 January to 12 June 2019 as mandated by the Commission on Elections.

CSC Chair Alicia dela Rosa-Bala said the prohibition is under Resolution No. 10429 dated 1 October 2018.

“Any public official who makes or causes any transfer or detail whatever of any officer or employee in the civil service including public school teachers, within the election period except upon prior approval of the Commission” shall be guilty of an election offense under Section 261 (h) of the Omnibus Election Code (BP Blg 881).

Meanwhile, Dela Rosa-Bala said that starting March 29 until May 12, 2019, government agencies are also prohibited from appointing or hiring new employees.

The law also prohibits creating of new positions and promoting or giving of salary increases, remuneration or privileges.

Partisan politics

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra yesterday reminded fiscals to remain neutral and non-partisan in their discharge of official duties during the 2019 local and national elections.

Members of the National Prosecution Service sit in the Provincial, District, City and Municipal Boards of Canvassers (BOC) during elections.

BOCs canvass the votes received by each candidate and proclaim election winners on the basis of votes canvassed.

In a department circular Guevarra explained that the 1987 Constitution prohibits non-political government officers and employees from electioneering and from engaging in any partisan political activity.

He warned that violators will be severely dealt with in accordance with the law.