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May 2, 2018

“No officer or employee in the civil service, as well as any member of the military, shall engage, directly or indirectly, in any electioneering or partisan political activity, except to vote.” This warning was issued by Civil Service Commission (CSC) Chairperson Alicia dela Rosa-Bala in line with preparations for the May 14 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections. “Civil servants are mandated by law to uphold political neutrality in the conduct of their duties even more during election season,” added the CSC chairperson.

 

An advisory on Electioneering and Partisan Political Activity issued through CSC Resolution No. 1600298 dated March 29, 2016 reiterates that the prohibition aims to ensure that government workers will remain focused on the affairs of the government, do away with the spoils system, and shield public service from political influences.

CSC Memorandum Circular (M.C.) No. 30, s. 2009 enumerated the following as partisan political activities, acts designed to promote the election or defeat of a particular candidate/s to a public office:

 

CSC Memorandum Circular No. 9, series of 1992 also identifies the following as prohibited acts:

Those who will be found guilty of engaging directly or indirectly in partisan political activities will be meted with the penalty of one (1) month and one (1) day suspension to six (6) months for the first offense; and dismissal from the service for the second offense according to the 2017 Rules on Administrative Cases in the Civil Service or 2017 RACCS (CSC Resolution No. 1701077 dated July 3, 2017) which superseded the Revised Rules on Administrative Cases in the Civil Service.

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