CSC supports review of Code of Conduct for State Workers

The Civil Service Commission has expressed its full support to a review of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.

Chairman Francisco T. Duque III said that the CSC is fully supportive of the initiative taken by Senator Grace Poe in strengthening the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees, adding that revisiting Republic Act No. 6713 which was passed in 1989 or 25 years ago, would help make the law more responsive.

“There may be certain provisions of RA 6713 which have to be revised to address current realities and priorities of government,” Chair Duque said.

Filed by Senator Grace Poe, Senate Bill No. 2311 proposes amendments to Republic Act No. 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.

Under the proposed bill, any person who exposes wrongdoings or corruption against another public servant, agency, board, or entity shall be protected from any retaliation and may be rewarded with a reasonable portion of the amount recovered in the exposed corrupt activity.

Senate Bill No. 2311 also states that a public servant who fails to correct/submit his/her Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN) in accordance with the procedure and within the given period shall be suspended for one month and one day for the first offense and dismissed from the service if the demeanor is repeated.

“A public servant is presumed to be engaged in corrupt activities or practices if he/she is living in a lavish lifestyle and/or there is gross disproportion of assets to income,” the bill states.#