Civil Service commission defers use of new SALN forms

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Sunday, April 1, 2012


THE Civil Service Commission (CSC) deferred the use of the revised Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth (SALN).

CSC chairman Francisco Duque III issued a memorandum dated March 15 on the suspension on the use of SALN to give way for the investigation of the issues arising from it.

Duque III said the 1994 SALN form will be used for 2011. The deadline of filing will be on April 30. However, he said those who already filed the SALN for 2011 who used the new form are deemed to have complied with the required submission of the SALN.

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The CSC resolution dated March 15 stated the suspension of the new SALN form is because of various requests the commission received from different sectors on the deferment of its implementation.

Sectors like the Philippine Government Employees Association, Local Government Mechanical Engineers’ Association of the Philippines, Asian Labor Network on International and Financial Institutions – Philippine Chapter, and the National Convention of Government Employees Working Council claimed government workers have not fully comprehended the requirements of the new form.

Also, the House Committee on Civil Service and Professional Regulation passed House Resolution No. 2199 which requested the CSC to study the legality of the revised form.

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, as the Senate Committee chair on Civil Service and Government Reorganization wrote the CSC, saying the revised form has possible constitutional infirmities and impracticality.

His concern is majority of government workers are not equipped with enough knowledge on how to accomplish the new form. Both committees requested for the suspension of the revised SALN form until issues can be settled.

“Keeping an open mind, the Commission agreed to undertake a more thorough and comprehensive reviews of the issues raised as it will greatly affect the proper filing of the revised SALN form,” the CSC resolution said.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on April 02, 2012.

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