By: Elena Grace Flores
The ongoing review of appointments for regularization and promotion of Makati city government personnel during the Peña administration has revealed a number of violations of civil service and election laws.According to City Personnel Officer Vissia Marie Aldon, many appointments were issued during the election ban imposed by Comelec from March 25, 2016 to May 8, 2016. “We found several appointments issued that deviated from established Rules, Memorandum Circulars and Guidelines prescribed by the Civil Service Commission (CSC), as well as the Omnibus Election Code imposing the ban on civil service appointments during the election period,” Aldon said.
Aldon decried the appointment of several personnel who do not meet the minimum requirements under the CSC qualification standards. She cited as an example the appointment of a non-medical doctor to Assistant Medical Officer, a position that can only be held by a licensed doctor. She also raised the issue of improper or lack of Personnel Selection Board proceedings for issued appointments as required by the CSC.
Aldon said her office has forwarded its initial findings to the CSC for appropriate action.“We hope that the CSC will immediately look into patent irregularities in appointments issued by the previous administration, so that we can make the necessary adjustments and address whatever problems these may have caused,” Aldon said.