Duque says Memo Circular 1 'a mess'

Posted at 07/22/10 1:11 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Civil Service Commission (CSC) Chairman Francisco Duque III wants better cooperation among agencies, especially in the wake of the disastrous first directive issued by Malacanang.

In an interview with ANC’s Strictly Politics on Tuesday, Duque said Memorandum Circular No. 1 (MC 1) was a “mess.”

He said “it was too sweeping. I thought it lacked consultation. The MC should have spelled out…ordered the inventory of career executive service positions occupied by non-career executive service officer (CESO) eligible.”

The Aquino administration, on its first day, issued MC 1, which originally declared “all non-career executive service positions vacant as of 30 June 2010 and [extended] the services of contractual employees whose contracts expire on 30 June 2010.”

Saying it needed fine-tuning, Malacanang revisited the order the following day.

It now declares “all non-career executive officials occupying career executive service positions to continue to perform their duties and responsibilities and extending the services of certain contractual and or casual employees whose contracts expire on June 30.”

Duque said the directive should have been clarified with the CSC, which got to check only the revised version.

He said the CSC was never tapped nor consulted with the drafting of the original directive.

Duque, who was first appointed Health Secretary during President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s term, said he’d like “the cooperation of the heads of agencies.”

Asked what it is like to be an Arroyo appointee in an Aquino administration, Duque said “I’ve not had any substantive interaction with members of the Aquino Cabinet.”

Civil Service Academy

Duque said he is now pushing for the revival of a mothballed project, the Civil Service Academy.

He said there is a need for constant talks among the departments of Budget and Management, Interior and Local Government, National Economic Development Authority, and the Development Academy of the Philippines.

Together with the CSC chief, the heads of these agencies will form the board of directors of the Civil Service Academy.

“We need to put this up. It’s an academy that has long been overdue,” Duque said.

The need for the academy has been established as early as 1977, via Presidential Decree 1218.

The Marcos-issued directive provides “it is the policy of the government to provide opportunities to its employees at all levels to improve and develop themselves so that they can better contribute to the realization of agency and national goals.”

Duque said “we have to go beyond giving examinations…we should be doing bigger things, felt by entire bureaucracy, permeate every agency of government…let’s set up quality service.”