The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has called on government agencies to ensure equal participation and representation of women and men in the third level or executive/managerial level of government.
Recently, CSC Chair Francisco T. Duque III wrote Cabinet Secretaries where he emphasized that the population of executives and managers in government is dominated by men.
Thus, he urged Cabinet Secretaries to consider qualified women for appointment to vacant third level or executive/managerial positions in their respective Departments and attached agencies.
The CSC chief said that the third level handles the decision making and policy making processes in government. “Thus, achieving gender balance in top level positions in the bureaucracy would ensure that both women and men equally contribute to and benefit from development,” he stressed.
Republic Act 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women explicitly provides that, “Within the next five years, the number of women in third (3rd) level positions in government shall be incrementally increased to achieve a fifty-fifty (50-50) gender balance.”
As of August 2010, the percentage of women occupying third level positions was registered at 41.3 percent based on the Statistics on Filipino Women by the Philippine Commission on Women.
The Civil Service Commission (CSC) reminds all incumbent public officials and employees that they have until April 30, 2011 to file their Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Networth (SALN).
CSC Chair Francisco T. Duque III made the early announcement so that government workers will have enough time to review their properties, liabilities and financial connections and, thus, be able to provide detailed and accurate information in their SALN form.
The SALN is a comprehensive record of a declarant’s assets, liabilities, net worth, business interests and financial connections, including those of his or her spouse and unmarried children below 18 years old. It also includes names of the declarant’s relatives in government up to the fourth degree of consanguinity or affinity.
“Let us remember that the SALN is accomplished under oath, which means all information that you indicate therein should be complete and accurate. Falsification of information or underdeclaration may be subject to disciplinary or criminal action under Republic Act 6713, or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees,” said Duque.
The CSC chief added that it is the sworn duty of every civil servant to declare his or her financial status. “The SALN is a reminder that public office is a public trust, that we should use our positions to serve the interest of the country and not our personal interest.”
The CSC said that the SALN to be filed on or before April 30 should reflect information as of December 31, 2010. It also advised civil servants to use the 1994 version of the SALN Form.
A copy of the 1994 SALN Form can be downloaded from the CSC website at www.csc.gov.ph
The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has extended the deadline for nominations to the 2011 Search for Outstanding Public Servants to April 15, 2011.
The CSC said the move aims to give nominees and their nominators more time to work on the requirements needed for them to qualify in the competition. It also hopes to garner more nominations this year. In 2010, the CSC received a total of 190 nominations nationwide, 29 of which were conferred the awards by President Benigno S. Aquino III in September 2010. Continue reading