Binay runs after Peña

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By Edwin Cosau

FORMER Makati Acting Mayor Kid Peña’s stint at the city hall might be over but his problems are just starting after Mayor Abigail Binay ordered an investigation on his alleged questionable appointments for regularization and promotion of some city government personnel during his term.

City Personnel Officer Vissia Marie Aldon said they discovered that many of the questioned appointments could have violated civil service and election laws as they were issued during the election ban imposed by Comelec from March 25-May 8.

“We found several appointments deviated from established Rules, Memorandum Circulars and Guidelines prescribed by the Civil Service Commission (CSC), as well as the Omnibus Election Code that imposes a ban on civil service appointments during the election period,” Aldon pointed put.

She also revealed that many of the appointed personnel did 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.

Earlier, Binay has directed the HRDO and other concerned offices of the city government to review the city government’s current organizational structure and institute necessary reforms to “promote a higher level of professionalism and competence in the workforce.”

“The end-goal is to make the city government more responsive, more efficient and more effective in providing public service,” Binay said.

Comelec Resolution 10030 issued last December promulgates the prohibition against appointment or hiring of new employees; creation or filling up of positions; giving salary increases; transfer or detail of civil service employees; and suspension of elective local officials in connection with the May 9, 2016 national and local elections.

Under the Omnibus Election Code of the Philippines, the said prohibition takes effect 45 days before a regular election and 30 days before a special election, except upon prior authority of the CSC.