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Comelec okays Malacanang's bid for exemption from appointment ban

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The Commission on Elections (Comelec) approved the request of Malacanang for exemption from the appointment ban being enforced during the election period covering the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls slated on Oc. 25.

In a Minute Resolution dated September 27, the commission en banc approved the request for exemption of Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, on behalf of President Aquino.

“The commission resolves to approve the recommendation of the Law Department to grant the request covering the filling up of the vacant positions as enumerated, provided that it is essential to the proper functioning of the office and shall not, in any manner, influence the conduct of the October 25 elections,” said the eight-page resolution.

Among the agencies that were exempted from the ban are: Social Security Commission (1 position); Department of Trade and Industry (4); Intellectual Property Office (2); Philippine Trade Training Center (1); Philippine National Red Cross (1); Department of Interior and Local Government (1); National Defense College of the Philippines (1), Land Bank of the Philippines (1);

Philippine Reclamation Authority (1); National Home Mortgage Finance Corp. (1); Film Academy of the Philippines; National Agriculture and Fishery Council (1); Philippine Mining Development Council (1); Bureau of Internal Revenue (1); Bureau of Customs (2); and

Department of Finance (3); APEC Business Advisory Council; Bureau of Immigration (4); Philippine National Construction Corp. (4); Clark International Airport Corp. (1); and the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (4).

Also in the exemption list are the Peace Talk Panel with the CPP (2); Cagayan Special Economic Zone Authority (1); Manila Economic and Cultural Office (2), National Printing Office (1); Philippine International Trading Corp. (1); Presidential Adviser on the Filipino Workers’ Concern (1); Presidential Legislative Liaison (1); Home Development Mutual Fund (5); Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (1); National Bureau of Investigation (1); Sugar Regulatory Commission (2); Road Board (1); Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (10); Cebu Port Authority (6); Bases Conversion and Development Authority (2); Presidential Council for Value Formation (1), National Broadcasting (2); Asian Productivity Organization (1); Manila Waterworks Sewerage System (1); National Commission on the Culture and the Arts (1); Department of Education (14); non-career ambassadors (23); and trial court judges (23).

However, the resolution provides that the appointments should not include any promotions and/or salary increases within 45 days before Election Day.

Earlier, the Comelec approved Resolution 9040 that prohibits appointments in all government offices during the election period.

“Beginning September 25 until October 25, no head, official or appointing officer of any national or local government office, agency or instrumentality, including government-owned or controlled corporations, shall appoint or hire any new employee, whether permanent, provisional, temporary or casual,” Comelec resolution 9040 said. (PNA)




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