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CSC: State employees may stay or retire

by Jemin B. Guillermo

Roxas City (2 February) -- Amidst some confusion and dissent among government employees, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) has clarified the rule on the rationalization plan.

According to CSC Chair Ricardo Saludo, state employees whose posts are abolished under Executive Order 366 or the rationalization plan can opt to stay in government or avail of the generous separation package.

Saludo, in the CSC online news, said that under the law, affected personnel with permanent or temporary appointment who would opt to remain in government service shall be placed in other agencies by the CSC where additional personnel are required.

He added that affected personnel, with appointments attested by the CSC, whether hired on a permanent or temporary basis, who would opt to retire or be separated from the service shall be given the option to avail themselves of retirement schemes.

Saludo also stressed that that the police, teachers and health worker posts will not be affected by the Executive Order 366.

"Initially, those affected by the reorganization will stay with CSC until they are reassigned to their new posts," he said.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed in 2004 EO 366 "Directing A Strategic Review of the Operations and Organizations of the Executive Branch and Providing Options and Incentives for Government Employees Who May Be Affected by the Rationalization of the Functions and Agencies of the Executive Branch."

The law directs agencies to prepare a rationalization plan to identify posts that are redundant/outdated or no longer relevant to the accomplishment of the major final outputs of the particular agency.

The review of agency operations and structure also aim to improve the quality and efficiency of government services, Saludo explained. (PIA) [top]

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