Civil Service Commission (CSC) Chair Francisco T. Duque III yesterday moved for strong and supportive partnerships among members of the Constitutional Fiscal Autonomy Group (CFAG).
In his welcome remarks during the first CFAG meeting for the year held June 6, Chair Duque expressed that “though we manage very different arenas of the Philippine government, we are bound by duty in pursuing common goals.”
The meeting, hosted by the CSC, was attended by the heads of the CFAG offices, namely, Chief Justice Renato C. Corona of the Supreme Court of the Philippines; Acting Ombudsman Orlando C. Casimiro of the Office of the Ombudsman; Chairperson Sixto S. Brillantes of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC); Chairperson Ma. Gracia M. Pulido-Tan of the Commission on Audit (COA); and Chairperson Loretta Ann P. Rosales of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR).
They were joined by CSC Commissioners Mary Ann Z. Fernandez-Mendoza and Rasol L. Mitmug, COMELEC Commissioners Augusto C. Lagman, Christian Robert S. Lim, Rene V. Sarmiento, Lucenito N. Tagle, Armando C. Velasco and Elias R. Yusoph, COA Commissioner Heidi L. Mendoza, and CHR Commissioner Ma. Victoria V. Cardona.
The CFAG member-agencies regularly meet to review, discuss and draw up fiscal management policies.
Chair Duque pointed out that being financially autonomous is both a privilege and a challenge.
“The Constitution defines fiscal autonomy as having our approved annual appropriations automatically and regularly released”, the CSC Chief said, adding that while CFAG enjoys this privilege, it is always a challenge to craft policies which would not only maximize its fiscal autonomy but satisfy as well the clamor for responsible governance and excellent fiscal management.