LEGAZPI CITY (30-Nov-2012/PNA) – The regional office for Bicol of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) here has reminded government employees seeking elective post in the May 2013 elections of the “deemed-resigned” rule after they file their certificates of candidacy (COC).
“A government employee who had filed a COC, even if later on disqualified or has withdrawn, is still considered resigned,” CSC regional director Cecilia Nieto on Friday said.
This rule is in consonance with the guidelines issued by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) on the filing of COCs for the 2013 elections dated September 2012, she said.
“Any person holding a public appointive office or position, including active members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and other officers and employees in government-owned or controlled corporations, shall be considered ipso facto resigned from his office and must vacate the same at the start of the day of the filing of his COC,” Nieto said.
The same ruling also applies to government workers under job order contract, she stressed, explaining that while such mode of employment does not consider a worker as government employee due to the absence of employer-employee relationship, the fact that they work, though indirectly, for the government could not be discounted.
The CSC regional chief also reiterated the policy that a government employee who lost in an election, shall not be eligible for appointment or re-employment to any office in the government within one year after the election.
Nieto said, there was no report reaching her office on violation of this rule but just the same, the CSC is issuing the reminder to warn candidates against possible violations. (PNA)