• CSC nullifies 99 appointments of former Makati mayor

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    The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has invalidated 99 appointments for promotion and regularization issued under the administration of former Makati City Mayor Romulo “Kid” Peña Jr.

    The Office of the Mayor said it has received 99 letters signed by CSC Makati Field Office Director Henry Peliño declaring as invalid either the promotion or regularization of certain personnel for supposedly violating CSC rules that ban appointments during an election period, failure to comply with mandated procedures and ineligibility.

    “With the action taken by the Civil Service Commission we will now be able to firm up our budgetary allocations for personal services through a more accurate computation of salary increases and performance incentives,” City Personnel Officer Vissia Marie Aldon said.

    The 99 invalidated appointments consist of 73 promotions and 26 regular appointments.
    Aldon said the nullified appointments were only the initial batches and more may be
    voided as the CSC continues to review the remaining appointments in question.

    Peña signed appointments for the promotion or regularization of about 260 personnel.

    They were detailed at the Ospital ng Makati, Makati Health Department, Budget department, General Services department, Makati Action Center, Accounting department, Finance department, Education department, Office of the City Building Official, Economic Enterprise Management Office and City Civil Registration Office.

    In his letters to Mayor Mar-Len Abigail Binay, Peliño cited CSC Memorandum Circular
    No. 10, series of 2011, which contains the “Revised Rules on Appointments Issued by Outgoing Elective and Appointive Officials.”

    The circular declares that all appointments issued after the election up to June 30 by
    outgoing elective and appointive officials shall be disapproved, unless they comply with certain requisites.

    Binay earlier vowed to audit personnel following reports that spouses, relatives, in-laws and friends of people identified with Peña were hired mostly under the Office of the Mayor.

    “These were promotions not based on merit, but based on political connections. There were hirings made not based on competence, but by blood and political relations to the appointing authority and his operators,” Binay said.

    “Hundreds were included in the government payroll, but their exact functions, assignments and whereabouts were not clear, if they reported for work at all,” she added.

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