March 31, 2017
The Civil Service Commission (CSC) reminds all public officials and employees to file their sworn Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Networth (SALN) for 2016 by April 30, 2017.
The SALN should contain the true, detailed, and sworn declaration of one’s assets, liabilities, networth, business interests and financial connections, as well as relatives in government service within the fourth degree of consanguinity or affinity as of the end of the preceding year.
The annual filing of SALN is required under the 1987 Philippine Constitution and under Republic Act No. 6713, also known as the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.
Aside from the annual submission, the SALN is also required to be filed within 30 days from the date of one’s assumption of office, as well as within 30 days after separation from the service, the CSC said.
The law requires that all public officials and employees file their SALN, except those serving in honorary capacity (persons who are working in the government without service credit and without pay); those with position title of laborer (persons whose work depends on mere physical power to perform ordinary manual labor, and not one engaged in services consisting mainly of work requiring mental skill or business capacity, and involving the exercise of intellectual faculties); and casual or temporary workers (persons hired to do work outside what is considered necessary for the usual operations of the employer’s business).
The CSC stressed that those holding career positions under temporary status are required to file their SALN.
CSC Chairperson Alicia dela Rosa-Bala said that the filing of the SALN is a sworn duty of every government worker and is in line with the principle that public office is a public trust. “As public servants, it is our way of signifying that we are in government only to serve the public and not to use our positions to enrich ourselves or our families,” she said.
Failure to file a sworn SALN and disclosure of business interests and financial connections shall be a ground for administrative disciplinary action, without prejudice to criminal and civil liabilities as may be provided in the law. Under Section 46 (D) (8) of Rule X of the Revised Rules on Administrative Cases in the Civil Service, such failure shall be punishable with suspension of one month and one day to six (6) months for the first offense and dismissal from the service for the second offense.
Chairperson Bala said that in order to ensure the completeness of declarations in the SALN as well as the use of the proper form, each government agency needs to have its own Review and Compliance Committee (RCC) as required in CSC Resolution No. 1300455 dated March 4, 2013.
The RCC is authorized by the head of agency to receive the SALN, and to evaluate if it is complete and if it was submitted on time using the proper form.
The RCC shall also prepare a list of employees who filed their SALN with complete data, those who filed their SALN but with incomplete data, and those who did not file their SALN. Said list shall be submitted to the head of agency, copy furnished the CSC, on or before May 15 of every year.
Per CSC Resolution No. 1300174 dated January 24, 2013, it shall be the ministerial duty of the head of office to issue an order immediately upon receipt of the said list to require those who have incomplete data in their SALN to correct/supply the lacking information, and those who did not file their SALN to comply, within a non-extendible period of thirty (30) days from receipt of said order.
“We remind government workers to file their SALN as early as possible to give the RCC ample time to evaluate the submissions,” Chairperson Bala said.