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“Humano Recurso, Part 3” Personnel Movement


(BY: BOVIC L. LUCERO)    For Human Resource Management Practitioners, a personnel movement involves the movement of employees across the National and Local Bureaucracy. It is always presupposed that this action is a regular undertaking done in the interest of public service. The two most popular movements in the bureaucracy are “Detail” and “Reassignment” which I shall dissect individually in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Service Law and Rules.

A “Detail” is a temporary movement of employees from one agency to another agency without diminution of salary, rank and status and normally lasts for a maximum period of one year, after which, a permission to stay detailed is required from the employee concerned. It means, for example, that top management can move an employee from the National Government Agency to a Local Government Unit or vice-versa and that after a year, a permission from the employee to continue being assigned  is already needed, otherwise, the employee shall return to his/her mother unit.

While a “Reassignment” is a temporary movement of employees from one unit to another unit belonging to the same agency without diminution of rank, status and salary. Like in the City Government of Zamboanga wherein we have 20 different offices or departments, an employee can be reassigned to any of these offices as they all belong to one agency for a maximum period of one year and renewed beyond if permission has been granted by the employee concerned to continue the reassigned status.

Both these movements are appealable to the Civil Service Commission (CSC) especially if the employee finds no cogent reasons or justifications for such transfers, or maybe the transfer is being used to harass or oppress the employee in the guise of the exigency of the service, among so many other things. However, the “Detail” order is executory, pending appeal, which means that the order shall take effect immediately regardless of an appeal filed with the CSC. On the other hand, the “Reassignment” order is not executory pending appeal, which means that the employee shall remain in his/her post while the order is being questioned with the CSC. That is the vital distinctions between the two movements.

These movements once justified and in accordance with the law are made in the interest of the service, unless proven otherwise. If these movements are being utilized for purposes other than what it is intended for, administrative remedies are available to safeguard the interests of the concerned employees. The Civil Service Commission, being the central personnel agency of the entire Philippine bureaucracy or any other competent Court of Law shall then intervene.

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