Press Release
September 16, 2012

Senate OKs new proposal to strengthen career executive system in gov't

The Senate has approved on third and final reading Senate Bill No. 3215 which seeks to strengthen the career executive service (CES) in the government and protect it from political interference.

The CES is comprised of the senior managers and executive officers of the Government, who constitute the "third level" in the Career Service System.

The primary purpose of the bill is to correct structural flaws in the system stemming from the overlapping functions of the Career Executive Service Board (CESB) and the Civil Service Commission (CSC) through the transfer of the administrative supervision and management of CESB personnel under the CSC. The bill was authored by Senator Antonio "Sonny" F. Trillanes IV, who as Chair of the Committee on Civil Service and Government Reorganization also served as the principal sponsor of the bill.

"Also, through this measure, it is expected that the principles of merit and fitness will be the prevailing norm among our career executive officers. It is hoped that the improved Career Executive System... will provide checks and balances and insulate the Career Executive Service and the Career Executive System Board from political interference and encourage the professionalization of our government managers and executives," Trillanes said.

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