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Volume VIII, Issue No. 4
4th Quarter 2018
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The EODB-EGSD Act of 2018, A Bird’s-Eye View
         Early this year, Republic Act No. 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018 was passed into law. The law effectively amended the provisions of RA No. 9485 or the Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007 which has been in full force and effect for a decade before its amendment. The declared policy of the law is to promote integrity, accountability, proper management of public affairs and public property to establish effective practices aimed at efficient delivery of government services and to prevent graft and corruption.
 
          The law also aims to further streamline government processes in order to promote ease of doing business in the Philippines and improve the country’s competitiveness. The Philippines has been lagging behind its neighboring countries in terms of competitiveness and ease of doing business. Annually, the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) publishes a Doing Business Report which measures the number of steps, time, and cost for a typical small and medium-scale enterprise to go through 10 basic business transactions with the government. The report reflects the most common processes which businesses have to undertake over the course of its lifecycle. In simple terms, the report measures how easy or difficult it is to do business in a given country. The indicators range from starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, registering property to getting credit, protecting investors and paying taxes.
 
          In the recent doing business survey conducted, the Philippines placed 113th out of 190 economies surveyed, a drop from its 2017 ranking of 99th place. Its ranking vis-a-vis its ASEAN neighbors is 7th, lagging behind Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam and Indonesia. With the passage of the EODB-EGSD Act, the Philippine’s ranking and standing in doing business is expected to improve.
 
          So, how is the EODB-EGSD law different from its predecessor, the Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007? The scope of the new law now covers both business-related and non-business related transactions whereas in the old law, only frontlines services are covered. There are additional provisions on automation, LGU-related provisions on streamlined procedures for the issuance of local business licenses, clearances, permits, certifications or authorizations, establishment of a Central Business Portal (CBP) and provisions on connectivity infrastructure development.
 
          Here are 12 things to know about the EODB-EGSD Act of 2018
          The Implementing Rules and Regulation of the EODB-EGSD Act of 2018 is expected to be released anytime soon.
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By:
Atty. ALICIA P. SALINAS
Acting CHRS, PALD
        CSC RO V holds the 2018 iRISE
Attendees in the Regional Government Workforce Congress actively participate during the forum proper on September 28, 2018 in Legazpi City. They also take a pose with the guest speaker, Mr. Gary Zaldy V. Galvez, and CSC RO V officials, Regional Director Cecilia R. Nieto, and Ass't Reg'l Director Atty. Daisy P. Bragais. 
          A very productive day, indeed. Hundreds of participants from across the Bicol Region convened at the Concourse Convention Center, Legazpi City for the 3rd Regional Government Workforce Congress on September 28, 2018.

           The activity was also dubbed as Rejuvenating Ingenuity towards Service Excellence or iRise. It was organized by the Human Resource Division of the Civil Service Commission Regional Office V. It served as an avenue to impart knowledge and insights on various topics including the Profile of a Filipino Champion; Understanding the Filipino Client System; Power of Positive Self-Image; and Creating a Positive Atmosphere. Each topic had a corresponding plenary session and was facilitated by an expert.

        During the morning session, CSC RO V Regional Director Cecilia R. Nieto acknowledged all the attendees. Assistant Regional Director Daisy P. Bragais introduced the esteemed guest,  Mr. Gary Zaldy V. Galvez, Training and Development Director of Fellowship of Christians in Government.

      Galvez gave an in-depth discussion about the traits of Filipino workers; understanding the Filipino client; Filipino Art of Communication; relationship process; among others. He also initiated group activities like meet and greet; and sharing of challenges or problems encountered in a working environment.

         To add more fun on the event and promote teamwork and open communication, the participants were asked to play a game called “pass the message.”

 
          The Regional Workforce Congress is an annual undertaking of the CSC RO V which aims to enhance employee engagement in order to achieve a higher level performance and cultivate passion and interest in performing their duties and responsibilities.

By:
DEO M. LLABRES
ARTA Researcher
     CSC welcomes Commissioner Lizada
Clockwise, from top to bottom: (1) Newly-appointed Civil Service Commission (CSC) Commissioner Aileen Lizada shows off her CSC ID given to her by CSC Chairperson Alicia dela Rosa-Bala during the welcome rites held December 5, 2018 at the CSC Central Office in Batasan, Quezon City. (2) CSC Chairperson Alicia dela Rosa-Bala hands to newly-appointed CSC Commissioner Aileen Lizada her appointment papers. (3) CSC officials and employees witness the welcome ceremony for newly-appointed CSC Commissioner Aileen Lizada. (4) Newly-appointed CSC Commissioner Aileen Lizada addresses CSC officials and employees onstage. 
          The Civil Service Commission (CSC) welcomed its new Commissioner, Atty. Aileen Lourdes A. Lizada. The welcome ceremony, held December 5, 2018, was witnessed by CSC officials and employees at the CSC Resource Center, in Batasan, Quezon City.
 
          “I am confident that she will bring to the CSC and to the bureaucracy that same sense of openness and flexibility; that she will champion the development of our state workers and push for transparency, accountability, and reform in the civil service,” CSC Chairperson Alicia dela Rosa-Bala said in her welcome message.
 
          In turn, Commissioner Lizada said that she is humbled by the trust given to her as a CSC Commissioner. “For me, it is both a privilege and an honor to serve our country. Rest assured of my unwavering commitment to serve with utmost honesty, probity, and sincerity.”
 
Source: December 2018 CSCeNewsletter
Regional Advisory Council Members convene for the year-end get-together
 
RAC members, and CSC RO V officials and employees discuss various significant programs and concerns during their year-end get-together, spearheaded by the Policies and Systems Evaluation Division (PSED).
          Days before Christmas merriment, the members of the Civil Service Commission Region V Regional Advisory Council (RAC) had their year-end get-together on December 5, 2018 at Casa Lorenzo in Daraga, Albay.

          CSC RO V Regional Director Cecilia R. Nieto, Asst. Regional Director Atty. Daisy P. Bragais, other CSC RO V officials and employees graced the occasion. Attendees on the said event arrived in their Christmas-themed accessories and spectacles. The RAC is being led by the Chairperson Hon. Noel Rosal, Legazpi City Mayor.

           The year-end get-together was spearheaded by the Policies and Systems Evaluation Division (PSED). Part of this was the discussion of RAC accomplishments for 2018 like the involvement in the Regional Level Screening of nominees for the 2018 Search for Outstanding Government Workers, wherein two (2) Bicolanos received the 2018 Dangal ng Bayan Award; strengthening information dissemination relative to the Commission’s various programs like EODB-EGSD Act of 2018, Contact Center ng Bayan, special eligibilities, among others; provision of free radio time slots for the discussion of various CSC programs care of the Public Information Agency (PIA) through the program Ugnayan sa Bikol, aired over DWZR; issuance of resolution to Local Government Units reiterating the implementation of the NDRRMC, DILG, DBM, and CSC Joint Memorandum Circular requiring LGUs to appoint Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officers (DRRMO) and staff; conduct of an on-the-spot grant of Barangay Official Eligibility in partnership with the City Government of Legazpi dubbed as, “Terminong Nag-expire, Eligibility an Karibay,” on September 15, 2018; and provision of venue for the 4th Zumba Fitness Fundraiser for the Commission’s Pamanang Lingkod Bayani.

           The RAC, which is composed of representatives of various stakeholders such as the academe, the Church, media and many others, serves as the advisory body of CSC RO V. It was established in 2012 and has long been proven to effectively assist the CSC RO V in pursuing its strategic initiatives by providing advice and suggestions based on the members’ technical expertise. Its members have the i-CARE attributes:
  • i - Integrity
  • C - Commitment
  • A - Availability
  • RE - Recognized Expertise in their own fields
           RAC members convene once every quarter to tackle important programs being implemented by the Commission and discuss ways on how to effectively implement it for the benefit of the public.

By:
RONA JANE B. NUÑEZ
Administrative Officer IV, PALD
 
CSC RO V conducts Regional Operations Planning and Year-end Activity
          The month of December is not just tagged as the season of love and sharing, but also a moment of looking back and foretelling. On December 13-14, 2018, the Civil Service Commission-Regional Office V held its annual Regional Operations Planning and Year-end Activity at The Mansion, Rawis, Legazpi City.

          The activity was participated by the officials from CSC RO V Field Offices, Division Chiefs, and their assistants, and the representative of Pinag-isang Tinig Isip At Gawa (Pintig ng CSC). Included in the agenda was the budget for 2019. Each unit presented a budget proposal that is based on the actual expenditures for 2018. Moreover, Regional Director Cecilia R. Nieto talked about the objectives of the Commission for the upcoming year.

          In order to be more financially educated, Ms. Paulette Gay Santiago-Menguilla, Senior Research Specialist from Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) shared some tips on spending money wisely. She also discussed the Credit Card Law, and the smart ways to use a credit card.
     
     Meanwhile, in the afternoon of December 14, CSC RO V employees transformed into various rock bands of their choice for the Christmas get-together. They recreated some local and international rock bands like ABBA, Eagles, Jefferson Starship, The Bangles, The Beatles, Guns N’ Roses, Aegis, Rak of Aegis, and Eraserheads. They mimicked not just the looks of band members but also their performances. CSC RO V rocks!

By:
RONA JANE B. NUÑEZ
Administrative Officer IV, PALD
CSC warns gov’t workers vs. soliciting Christmas gifts

     The Civil Service Commission (CSC) reiterates the provisions of Republic Act No. 6713, or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees which prohibits civil servants from soliciting or accepting gifts, favors, loans or anything of monetary value in the course of their official duties. Thus, government workers are reminded not to accept gifts nor solicit for items to be raffled during Christmas party or holiday celebration.

          “Serving the public is our duty and we must give the best possible service and the extra mile without expecting anything in return,” said CSC Chairperson Alicia dela Rosa-Bala.

        Section 50 (8), Rule 10 of the 2017 Rules on Administrative Cases in the Civil Service (RACCS) provides that, “Receiving for personal use of a fee, gift or other valuable thing in the course of official duties or in connection therewith when such fee, gift or other valuable thing is given by any person in the hope or expectation of receiving a favor or better treatment than that accorded to other persons, or committing acts punishable under the anti-graft laws.”Violation of this provision is a grave offense and is punishable by dismissal from the service.

          The 2017 RACCS also specifically prohibits “soliciting or accepting directly or indirectly, any gift, gratuity, favor, entertainment, loan or anything of monetary value in the course of one’s official duties or in connection with any operation being regulated by, or any transaction which may be affected by the functions of one’s office.”

         For instance, those from permit/license issuing offices must refrain from requesting companies for raffle prizes or soliciting monetary contributions as the act may be construed as a bribe or reward in exchange for better treatment.

           The CSC clarified that the propriety or impropriety of the gift shall be determined by value, kinship, or relationship between the giver and receiver, and the motivation. Thus, gifts exempted from the prohibition are those from family members given without expectation of pecuniary benefit; those coming from persons with no regular, pending or expected transactions with the government office where the receiver belongs; those from private organizations given with humanitarian and altruistic intent; and those donated by one government entity to another. Something of monetary value is one which is evidently or manifestly excessive by its very nature.

Government agencies are urged to provide uninterrupted service

           The CSC also reminds government agencies nationwide, especially those in the frontline, to provide uninterrupted service amid the conduct of Christmas get-togethers and other similar year-end activities.

          “Christmas is the season of sharing and giving and I know that the best gift government workers can give to the transacting public is the provision of responsive, compassionate, and effective public service, not only for the holidays but throughout the year,” said CSC Chairperson Bala.

     Heads of agencies which render frontline services are encouraged to adopt appropriate working schedules to ensure that all clients who are within their premises prior to the end of official working hours are attended to.

Source:http://csc.gov.ph/new-updates/1657-csc-warns-gov%E2%80%99t-workers-vs-soliciting-christmas-gifts,-conduct-of-parties-during-office-hours.html?

Renewal of Temporary Appointments for Faculty Positions in SUCs and LUCs
     CSC Memorandum Circular No. 25, s. 2017, which became effective on August 19, 2017[1], provides the guidelines on appointments issued to faculty positions in State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) and Local Universities and Colleges (LUCs) where there is dearth of holders of Master’s Degree in specific fields. Item 1 thereof reads –
 
     1. Where there are no available qualified faculty in the region, place or locality, as certified by the appointing authority, temporary appointments may be issued until the required Master’s degree is met/complied with within 12 months or one (1) year from the date of issuance of the temporary appointment.
 
     The renewal of temporary appointment issued in the absence of qualified faculty shall be limited to five (5) times only reckoned from the issuance of the first temporary appointment.

     The foregoing rule, in so far as renewal is concerned, was partially repealed[2] by the 2017 ORAOHRA, Revised July 2018 which became effective on August 26, 2018. The rule now reads as follows –
 
     xxx Where there are no available qualified faculty in the region, place or locality, as certified by the appointing officer/authority, temporary appointments may be issued until the required Master’s degree is met/complied with. The renewal of temporary appointment shall be limited to five (5) times only reckoned from the effectivity of CSC Memorandum Circular No. 25, s. 2017.
 
     With this modified provision, it means that effective August 26, 2018, all temporary appointments to faculty positions may be renewed for five times. The counting of the five renewals shall begin from the first temporary appointment issued to the appointee from August 19, 2017 and onwards. To illustrate –
 
     Faculty A was issued a temporary appointment on August 30, 2017. On August 29, 2018, her temporary appointment was renewed. Faculty A’s temporary appointment may still be renewed four times, in the years 2019 until 2022.
 
By:
Atty. GELENE MAE C. LLABRES
Legal Services Division

[1] 15 days from date of publication on August 4, 2017.
[2] Rule XV, 2017 ORAOHRA, Revised July 2018.
For more details about the Career Service Examination, Pen and Paper Test (CSE-PPT) for Professional and SubProfessional Levels for CY 2019, please check the link below:
http://www.csc.gov.ph/2014-02-21-08-28-23/pdf-files/category/1580-examannouncementno09s2018.html
2019 Training Offerings of the Civil Service Commission Regional Office V
For more information about the training offerings, kindly check this link: 
http://cscro5trd.rf.gd/onlineregbeta.php
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