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Gov't workers must use new SALN forms starting this year, CSC says

Tacloban City (February 6) -- All government employees, starting this year will have to fill up the new Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) and submit the same on or before the April 30, 2008 deadline.

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) revised the SALN forms in order to further promote transparency and accountability in public service. The revised forms are easier to accomplish because it requires only one time declaration of all of the employee's assets, liabilities, business interests, and financial connections annually. The new SALN is more user-friendly because the instructions for accomplishing it are clearer.

CSC Chairperson Karina Constantino David said that the new SALN forms are expected to correct the perennial problem of incorrect, inconsistent and incomplete information disclosed by government employees. Also, the new forms will further assist Government in confirming declared or undeclared or hidden assets and facilitate analysis of data for unexplained wealth, which in turn can be used in investigating and prosecuting corruption cases.

One of the innovations in the SALN Form is the introduction of two new SALN Forms, the Baseline Declaration and the Annual Declaration.

The Baseline Declaration, consisting of assets, liabilities and net worth as of December 31, 2007 for incumbents, and as of his first day of government service for new entrants, is to be accomplished only once.

The Annual Declaration records substantial changes in an employee's financial status compared to his most recent SALN submission. What needs to be documented in the AD are only acquisitions and disposals of assets, incurrence, reduction, and termination or expiration of liabilities, and the creation and termination of business interests and financial connections since the last SALN submission.

This year, all government employees will file both the Baseline Declaration and the Annual Declaration, on or before April 30, 2008. Hence, the Annual Declaration should be accomplished every year on or before April 30.

The AD must also be accomplished within 30 days from separation from government service, statements of which must cover January 1 up to the employee's last day in office. (PIA 8) [top]

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