Gov’t HR officers oriented on Rules on Appointments

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Some 60 human resource management officers (HRMOs) were recently oriented on the 2017 Omnibus Rules on Appointments (ORA) and Other Human Resource Actions (OHRA).

The 2017 ORA and OHRA were recently issued by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) to different bodies of government through Memorandum Circular No. 24, Series of 2017.

The orientation, which aims to provide updates on various issuances on appointments and other human resource (HR) actions, was initiated by the Council of Human Resource Management Practitioners (CHRMP) of Central Luzon.

Aside from this, it is the first orientation for this particular memorandum circular issued by the CSC to be initiated all over the country.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga, hosted and facilitated the two-day orientation participated by HRMOs from different national government agencies within the region.

DOLE Regional Director Atty. Ana Dione said that the orientation serves a signaling tool in addressing issues concerning appointment preparation as well as HR actions in government service.

“In response to the changing needs in human resource management in government offices, there is an urgency to update and consolidate various issuances on appointments and other human resource actions to facilitate and simplify appointment preparation,” Dione explained.

CSC Pampanga Field Office Director Dulce Cochon was tapped as resource person in orienting HRMOs representing 20 government agencies from departments, state universities and colleges, and hospitals.

Dulce said the new circular takes precedence over Memorandum Circular No. 40, series of 1998, otherwise known as the “Revised Omnibus Rules on Appointments and Other Personnel Accounts.”

“Unlike the 14-ruled circular issued in 1998, the new Memorandum Circular issued this year has 17 rules which apply to employees appointed to first and second level positions, including executive/managerial positions who are not presidential appointees, in the career service and those appointed to the non-career service,” Dulce explained.

The new rules cover General Policies on Appointments; Requirement for Regular Appointments; Procedures in the Preparation of Appointments; Employment Status, and Nature of Appointment, and Other HR Actions.

Other rules include Probationary Period; Effectivity and Submission of Appointments; Publication; Qualifications Standards; Agency Merit Selection Plan and HR Merit Promotion and Selection Board; and Certain Modes of Separation.

The remaining rules, on the other hand are Disapproved/Invalidation and Recall of Approval/Validation of Appointments; Prohibition; Responsibilities of the HRMO; Separability Clause; and Effectivity.

Various forms such as Personal Data Sheet, Position Description Form, and Certification of Assumption to Duty, among others, concerning the new circular were also discussed by Dulce.

To conclude the orientation, all HRMO-attendees underwent a series of workshops to ensure the proper implementation of the new memorandum circular. (PR)
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