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SALN for government employees, a hot issue?

By: Ricky Angwas

The impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona made the issue even hotter than our summer season, because many employees wondered why the old form under Republic Act No. 6713 for the declaration of Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth or “SALN” for brevity has been revised.

This year’s submission of SALN prompted the Civil Service Commission (CSC) Regional OfficeXIII, Butuan City to conduct for an Orientation from March 12-16, 2012 attended by Administrative Officers and Human Resource Officers of all department offices of the region in order to address queries, clarify issues and enlighten their confusions in the filling-up of the revised form, considering that more details or data are required by the declarant to stipulate. For what reason? It is because of Section 7 of Republic Act. No. 3019 otherwise known as the “Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act”.

In order to be acquainted and be informed on the updates on the said law, the issues and queries on the revised SALN form, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Office sent three (3) representatives, namely: Ms. Rodalyn S. Tusoy of the Provincial Vice Governor; Ms. Juna Rhea Cabusas of the Constituency Office of the SP; and Mr. Ricky Q. Angwas of the Secretary to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to the said orientation on March 13, 2012 at the CSC Regional Office. The good lawyer, Atty. Ainee Chua of the CSC Caraga Regional Office was the resource speaker. She discussed in detail all information to the best of her knowledge necessary information by way of presenting examples to easily understand the facts, during the orientation. Participants are truly enlightened on their queries

What then if we violate this law on SALN? It was emphasized before the CSC-SALN Orientation ended, as provided in Section 13 of R.A. No. 3019, which states that - “Suspension and loss of benefits. Any public officer against whom any criminal prosecution under a valid information under this Act or under the provisions of the Revised Penal Code on bribery is pending in court, shall be suspended from office. Should he be convicted by final judgment, he shall lose all retirement or gratuity benefits under any law, but if he is acquitted, he shall be entitled to reinstatement and to the salaries and benefits which he failed to receive during suspension, unless in the meantime administrative proceedings have been filed against him.”

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