The Civil Service Commission (CSC) issued the new Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) form on Friday after much opposition from both government offices and employee groups about the revised 2011 version.
The former version, which was set to replace the 1994 SALN form was put to questions on legality, infringement of courtesy, failure to conduct house evasions to that of needing lawyers and accountants to fill it up, according to Chairman of CSC, Francisco T. Duque III.
Among the revisions included states that relatives in government must be stated, meaning the declarant must divulge relatives in government within the fourth civil degree of relationship.
The strict enforcement of ministerial duty of the heads of offices to issue compliance orders should also be stated, meaning the government offices must review to clients with the filing of the SALN and submit the list of recommendations to the head of office.
For the sanctions, failure of an official or employee to correct or submit his or her SALN in accordance to the procedure and within the given period shall be a ground for disciplinary action while failure to file a SALN is punishable with suspension for one to six months for the first offense and dismissal from service for the second offense.
“In many instances, declarations are devoid of specifics making it difficult to determine an official or employee’s network and to examine whether these were acquired legally or otherwise,” Duque said.
“Thus to properly implement the constitutional and statutory provisions on public disclosure, the CSC has noted the decision rendered by the Sandiganbayan stating that the existing 1994 was found to be deficient,” he added.
“In a country like ours where every part in the Corruption Perception Index is a hand fought victory, the SALN has become an essential anti-corruption tool designed specifically to check lifestyles and to dissuade us public servants from enriching ourselves at the expense of the taxpayers,” Duque said.