Elective positions,exempted from Civil Service rules? PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 12 October 2015 14:14

Table Talk

BY Mike S Apostol

Absenteeism and tardiness on the job as a public servant is a ground for “termination”.

Reasonable absence or tardiness maybe excused but should not be done habitually. The Manila Times reported in a news item that boxing icon and now Sarangani Congressman Manny Pacquiao said that he only attended Congress sessions only four times out of over 70 Congress sessions. This is record breaking in the history of Philippine Congress and yet, it is expected that Congressman Manny Pacquiao was paid his salary including allowances completely and intact. The government has been paying him even if he was not in session.This is a classic case of “class legislation” and a blatant display of “double standard”  by the Civil Service Commission. Pacquiao might have brought honor and respect for the Philippines universally. However, on the other hand, he also made money and fame for himself. The situation is mutual; the Philippines was universally honored and respected in the field of boxing.  Manny Pacquiao too is universally famous like a Hollywood movie star aside from the millions of pesos of prize money he earned. If the Philippine government wishes to offer gratitude to Congressman Pacquiao, it must not be at the expense of bending the law for him. It is enough that his province mates made him their Congress representative, even with his inadequate qualifications, but for the government to keep a blind eye on his absences, is injustice of the highest order.

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Many public servants in the country are terminated with a few tardiness in reporting to work, (please take note, it is not absences) and yet the Civil Service Commission is too quick to condemn the ordinary public servant. The moneyed and influential remain happily in their throne of authority. This is not only absurd but tyranny and oppression. The Civil Service Commission must function following their mission and vision of strengthening the public service and not to do the reverse of sowing discontent among public servants who are demoralized because of unfair treatment.

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In Zamboanga City, is it true that one government school president said to be very close to Congressman Lobregat is subject of many administrative charges lodged by some of her faculty members at the Civil Service Commission regional office? But sadly almost all of those charges filed with the CSC are allegedly not acted upon until today. Worse, some of the Board of Regents of the subject government school are also allegedly on the side of the school president. and from bad to worst, instead of being given justice, some faculty members of the school are punished by removing their teaching loads. If this is true, the government is the loser in this case, because, it is paying those faculty members their wages without teaching and instead the government is paying more for hiring temporary teachers to teach those subjects taken from the floating faculty members.    Congressman Celso Lobregat must come to the rescue of the faculty members of the school because allegedly the school president is bragging that she is “untouchable”  because of your protection and that he is born with a “silver spoon”, what a catastrophe to public service.

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If these allegations are true, perhaps the the Civil Service Commission regional office must act fairly and justly on those charges against their president. Discipline is better appreciated if it stems from truth and fairness. But name dropping and treating other officials of a school like “puppets on a string” is one cause why the government created a Civil Service Commission for the protection of the dignity of public service. One reason why public servants oftentimes consider striking and picketing is when those government agencies erred in deciphering good morals from good behavior.

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Scoop: Election is fast approaching and all candidates should be fair and they should not belittle the voting force of school faculty members. They are a union and a block. they and their families vote as one. Aside from votes during election, the public servant is a potential social hazard if they decide to go on the streets to air their grievance. So as early as now, officials must not take sides, besides, there will be no complaints if there are no injustice and cause. It must always have a reason. This is a message to Congressman Lobregat from the aggrieved State College faculty members. Agree or disagree but look for the truth.