Gov’t official’s SALN must reveal share in family wealth — CSC

admin   •   August 31, 2017   •   3544

MANILA, Philippines —  It is the obligation of government officials to declare a statement of assets, liabilities, and net worth (SALN).

But the Civil Service Commission (CSC) emphasized, public officials should also declare in their SALN the amount of their properties in their families’ wealth.

“You cannot say that just because it is co-owned, you can no longer declare it. You should still declare the portion of the property that belongs to you. Because that’s yours, and you should declare it in your SALN,” said CSC Assistant Commissioner Aries Ronquillo.

It can be noted that the wife of Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista has accused him of hiding some of his wealth which had reached to almost one billion pesos.

The poll chief said he did not declare in his SALN his portion in his family’s wealth.

Bautista’s asset is P176-million  according to his 2016 SALN.

The poll chief is now facing an impeachment complaint in connection with his allegedly questionable SALN and hidden wealth.

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is now conducting a separate investigation on the matter.

The Comelec chairman has initially said he is ready to defend himself from the said accusations.

Meanwhile, the CSC plans to launch next year an electronic SALN or e-SALN.

With this, government officials can file their SALN online.

“If it’s stated in your computer yearly… If you need to file, you’ll just have to retrieve it, and if you need to revise some figures, you can easily do so,” said Ronquillo. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue



Comelec expects influx of registrants amid last-day of voter registration

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 30, 2019

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is expecting an influx of ‘last-minute’ registrants at the voter registration for the 2020 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections.

Comelec will officially close the voter registration at 5:00 p.m. on Monday (September 30). Comelec Spokesperson Dir. James Jimenez said their office is prepared to handle the number of registrants.

“An influx of registrants is to be expected. The COMELEC has anticipated this, and we are confident that our employees in the field are prepared to handle the last-day registration scenario,” he said.

Based on Comelec Resolution 10549, Comelec will implement the following protocol for the last day of voter registration.

  • If there are still applicants lined up to register within the thirty (30) meter radius from the Office of the Election Officer (OEO) by 3:00 P.M. of September 30, 2019, their names will be promptly and consecutively listed down.
  • Each name will be announced repeatedly three (3) times in the order in which the applicants’ names were listed. Applicants who are not present when their names are called shall no longer be allowed to file their application.
  • When an applicant’s name is called and he/she is present, his/her application will be processed and his/her biometrics data will be captured. The process continues until all those listed shall have been processed.
  • An Express Lane is provided for Persons with Disabilities, Senior Citizens and Heavily Pregnant Applicants.

There are around 2.6 million registered voters in the country as of August 1 this year, according to Comelec’s data.—AAC

Classes, gov’t work only ‘til 2 p.m. on Sept. 23

Robie de Guzman   •   September 23, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Classes in some schools and work in government offices will be dismissed early on Monday, Sept. 23, in celebration of the 27th National Family Week.

This is pursuant to the announcement No. 53 s.2019 of the Civil Service Commission which encourages government agencies and state-run universities and colleges to shorten work and class hours until 2 p.m. so they can spend mealtime with their families.

This is in line with the National Family Week being celebrated every last week of September.

The event on Sept. 23 to 28, with the theme, “Tungo sa Maginhawa, Matatag at panatag na Pamilyang Pilipino,” will be led by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

“The celebration aims to strengthen the Filipino family unity and relationship through meaningful celebration and promotion of Filipino values,” the announcement read.

In view of the celebration, the CSC urged all government agencies and SUCs to support the following activities:

  • Simultaneous ringing of bells at 12 pm, dubbed as “Ring a Family Bell,” as a symbol of nationwide awareness and commitment to commemorate the solidarity and unity of the Filipino family; and,
  • Simultaneous ringing of bells at 8 am in State Universities and Colleges as a sign of support to the Filipino Family

Malacañang earlier announced that work in government offices in the Executive branch will be suspended on Monday beginning 3 p.m. onwards.

The order was stated in Memorandum Circular No. 65, signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea.

“However, those agencies whose functions involve the delivery of basic and health services, preparedness/response to disasters and calamities, and/or the performance of other vital services shall continue with their operations and render the necessary services,” the circular read.

“The suspension of work in other branches of government and in independent commissions or bodies is left to the sound discretion of their respective heads/management,” it added.

The Department of Education (DepEd) also announced that work and classes in all DepEd offices and public schools will be suspended effective 3 p.m.

On Sunday, the Supreme Court announced that office work in courts nationwide will only be until 2 p.m. on Monday.

Other areas that have announced to dismiss work and classes early are the cities of Manila, Caloocan, Navotas, Makati, Mandaluyong, Marikina, Pasay, San Juan, Quezon, Taguig and Pasig.

Comelec seeks P9.8-B budget for 2020

Maris Federez   •   September 16, 2019

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday (Sept. 16) asked, during the Senate budget hearing, for a P9.8-Billion budget for 2020.

The poll body said this will cover the P5.77-Billion budget for the 2020 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections (BSKE), which they have been preparing for despite President Rodrigo Duterte’s previous statement that he wants it postponed.

Comelec said Congress has to enact a law for the postponement of the BSKE.

“Ang pakiusap namin, your honor, is sana mapabilis iyong pagpasa ng batas otherwise we have no choice but to incur some expenses preparatory expenses especially so na tali po kami ng procurement law,” said Comelec Chair Sheriff Abas.

Comelec added that should the BSKE be postponed, they request for it not to be held close to the 2022 elections.

“If postponement happens it would be preferable if it would be one year before or one year after the May 2022 (elections). So, it could be either May 2021 or May 2023,” said Commissioner Antonio Kho, Jr.

The Senate budget hearing also focused on the low voter turn-out of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the last election.

Of the five million OFWs who are qualified to vote, only 1.8 million were registered and only 18% of which actually voted.

Comelec pointed out the inadequate information dissemination for voters and the distance of the voting centers in some countries as reasons for the low voter turn-out. (from the report of Mai Bermudez) /mbmf


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