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CSC extends SALN filing deadline, allows online filing

 

By Charissa Luci-Atienza

All government employees and officials may heave a sigh of relief after the Civil Service Commission (CSC) has extended the deadline of filing of the Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) for at least 60 days or until August 31, 2020.

The 60-day extension in the filing of SALN among the state employees and officials due to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis was contained in the CSC’s Memorandum Circular No. 13 series of 2020, signed by Chairperson Alicia dela Rosa-Bala last June 22.

The initial deadline set by CSC was on June 30.

The CSC said it has allowed the online filing or transmission of a duly executed SALN.

The concerned department or office is expected to “put in place processes and mechanisms to enable or allow online oath taking and the electronic filing of the SALN, and ensure that the SALN electronically filed are verifiable and authentic”, it said.

Under MC No. 13, the Declarant, whether under alternative working arrangement or physically reporting for work, may submit the SALN in Portable Document Format (PDF) which shall be considered the original, and a printout as duplicate original.

According to the Commission, a “duly executed SALN refers to a SALN that is personally signed under oath before an administering officer or notary public, or that is executed through online oath taking.

The CSC said it has allowed online oath taking of the SALN and required an electronic meeting initiated by the Declarant with the Administering Officer (AO) or by the AO with the Declarant via online platforms such as WebEx, Zoom, or Skype.

“The AO reviews the Declarant’s evidence of identity via video, if not personally known to the AO. The Declarant executes the SALN and affirms that the contents are true and correct,” it said.

“The Declarant shall execute the SALN by affixing electronic/digital signature to the electronic SALN, or wet ink signature to the physical SALN, provided the execution or placing of signature is done within sight of the AO. The Original shall refer to the electronic SALN or physical SALN, as the case may be,” it added.
A copy of the original SALN, which refers to its scanned copy must be transmitted to the AO on the same day via fax or electronic means.

“The AO may use electronic signature or wet ink signature in acknowledging the SALN. Upon completion/signing by the AO, the SALN will be sent back to the Declarant who then provides a copy to the Human Resource Department/Office (HRDO) of the agency to comprise filing of the SALN,” the memorandum circular said.

Under the CSC circular, the concerned agency has the option to submit the collated SALNs to the proper repository agency either physically or electronically.

“The office shall exercise only one option in submitting the SALNs, not a combination of both, in order to facilitate centralized recording and monitoring by repository agencies,” the CSC said.

Under the circular, Bala asked all heads of department, office or agency to establish procedures for the review of the SALNs to determine whether they were submitted on time, are complete, and are in proper form, and constitute the review and compliance procedure.

She announced that the last day of submission of the SALN Forms to the appropriate repository agencies is extended from August 31 to October 31.

“The submission of the SALN enjoins all public officers and employees to declare and submit an annual true, detailed and sworn statement of their assets, liabilities and net worth, including disclosure of business interests and financial connections, and to identify with the best of their knowledge their of relatives in the government service in compliance with the provisions of Republic Act No. 6713 (Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees),” the CSC said.


Source: Manila Bulletin (https://news.mb.com.ph/2020/06/27/csc-extends-saln-filing-deadline-allows-online-filing/)

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