OP officials, staff get term extension

OFFICIALS and employees directly under the Office of the President whose appointments were coterminous with the past administration were granted extended terms until the end of the year, Malacañang said on Monday.

Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin issued Memorandum Order 7 to ensure services to the people will not be hindered.

"In the exigency of the service and to prevent any disruption in the delivery of government services, all employees and officials in the Office of the President Proper, whose issued appointments were coterminous with the previous appointing authority, shall remain in service and continue to perform their duties and functions until 31 December 2022, unless their appointments are sooner revoked, resignations accepted, replacements appointed, or reappointments issued," part of the circular signed by the Palace executive last Sept. 27, 2022 read.

This overrides Memorandum Circular (MC) 1 issued by former executive secretary Victor Rodriguez last July 1 declaring certain positions in the Executive Department vacant.

Under MC 1, deemed separated from service are all posts held by personnel in the departments, offices, agencies, and bureaus of the Executive Department which include all presidential appointees occupying positions created over the authorized staffing pattern, all non-Career Executive Service Officials occupying Career Executive Service positions, and contractual and casual employees.

Officers in charge were named to temporarily man the top posts and tasked to perform the duties and responsibilities of the office until July 31, 2022, or "until a replacement is appointed."

This was tweaked, however, under MC 3 that extended the authority of OICs until Dec. 31, 2022.

Bersamin also enjoined all public workers to serve "with loyalty to the President and with fealty to the spirit and letter of the Constitution" while also exuding "sincere compassion."

Link: https://www.manilatimes.net/2022/10/11/news/national/op-officials-staff-get-term-extension/1861777

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