With new admin, Palace declares certain posts in executive dep’t vacant

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Vice President Sara Duterte during a mass on the first day of their term. Screengrab from RTVM / Facebook

MANILA, Philippines — With the new administration of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. taking over, the Palace has declared certain positions in the executive department vacant.

Under Memorandum Circular No. 1 signed by Executive Secretary Vic Rodriguez, the Palace declared as vacant certain positions in offices, agencies, and bureaus under the executive department vacant effective noontime of June 30.

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The memorandum covers all presidential appointees whose appointments are classified as coterminous and all presidential appointees occupying positions created in excess of the authorized staffing pattern.

Also covered by the memorandum are all non-career executive service officials (non-CESO) occupying career executive service positions; and contractual and/or casual employees.

The memorandum states that vacancy in the heads of departments, offices, agencies, and bureaus where no replacement has been appointed or designated, shall be filled up by the next-in-rank and most senior official as officer-in-charge.

“The OIC shall perform the duties and discharge the responsibilities of the office until 31 July 2022, or until a replacement has been appointed or designated, whichever comes first,” the memorandum states.

Meanwhile, affected contractual and/or casual employees whose contracts expired on June 30 shall continue in service until July 22, unless otherwise earlier terminated or renewed by the heads of the hiring agencies.

Malacañang, under President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, issues Memorandum Circular No. 1, which declares vacant certain positions in the executive department. @inquirerdotnet pic.twitter.com/TPUortjoWN

— Neil Arwin Mercado (@NAMercadoINQ) July 1, 2022

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It is a common practice for new presidents to have their first memorandum circulars revolve around movements in posts in the executive department.