MANILA, Philippines - The Career Executive Service Board (CESB) on Tuesday said a government official, especially a state lawyer, with Career Executive Service Office (CESO) rank must pass four stages before his or her promotion.
CESB Board Executive director Anthonette Allones said this is based on Executive Order 883, issued by the incumbent President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyon on May 28, 2010.
Allones said it was transmitted to the Civil Service Commission (CSC) on June 11, 2010.
She said it gives the rank of Career Executive Service Officer III or higher – equivalent to the rank of a Regional Director – to lawyers occupying legal positions in the government executive service.
The CESB is in a meeting Tuesday (June 29) and is expected to confirm this order from the incumbent President. “She can revoke and whatever option she wants, we’re ready,” Allones said.
The CESB is chaired by retired Court of Appeals Associate Justice Bernardo Abesamis.
Former Health Secretary Francisco Duque is the CESB vice chair. It has six board members: Susan Solo, director IV of the Presidential Management Staff; Angelito Twano, DPWH VIII director; Susana Vargas, deputy executive secretary for finance and administration;
Antonio Kalaw Jr., president of the Development Academy of the Philippines; Proceso Domingo, chair of the Philippine Overseas Construction Board; and Jairus Paguntalan, director III of the Customs Investigation and Intelligence Service.
<p>The EO is perceived by the incumbent President’s critics as another attempt to give permanent status to her political appointees and gain the favor of the officials of the Department of Justice (DoJ).
<p>Incumbent President Arroyo’s executive order conferring the third highest civil service rank to lawyers in government does not give automatic promotions and still requires application, Allones said.
<p>Meanwhile, resolution No. 799 of the CESB issued on May 19, 2009 said “CES covers managerial and executive positions above division chief level regardless of the appointing authority.”
<p>Allones said it is another relevant decision, in adherence to a long line of Supreme Court (SC) decisions that strengthens the institution.
<p>The highest court of the land recently upheld the requirement of the CES eligibility for appointees to 3rd level or CES classified positions to obtain security of tenure or permanence in the service.
<p>In a decision dated 15 March 2010, the SC First Division reinstated the decision rendered by the Regional Trial Court of Pasay City (RTC-Pasay) and reversed and set aside the decisions of the Court of Appeals, ruling that respondent Mercado’s “termination by the PEZA Board of her appointment, as well as the appointment in her stead of CES eligible by Ortaliz, were not illegal.“ because “prior to her appointment or during her incumbency as Deputy Director General up to the time her appointment was terminated, she was not a CES eligible” and “she had no security of tenure”.<p>The SC added that “(I)n the CES under which the position of Deputy Director General for Policy and Planning is classified, the acquisition of security of tenure which presupposes a permanent appointment is governed by the Rules and Regulations promulgated by the CES Board”.