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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

COMELEC Resolution No. 8668

Republic of the Philippines
COMMISSION ON ELECTIONS
Manila

Resolution No. 8668
(September 15, 2009)

IN THE MATTER OF REQUESTING THE CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION (CSC) TO ISSUE AN ORDER /CIRCULAR ALLOWING GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES TO GO ON OFFICIAL TIME WHEN FILING APPLICATIONS FOR VOTER'S REGISTRATION

WHEREAS, Sec. 2(1), Art. IX-C of the 1987 Constitution empowers the Commission on Elections to "enforce and administer all laws and regulations relative to the conduct of an election, plebiscite, initiative, referendum, and recall";

WHEREAS, pursuant to R.A. 8189, otherwise known as the Continuing Voter's Registration Act of 1996, Comelec Resolution No. 8514 promulgated on November 12, 2008, as amended by Resolution No. 8585 promulgated on February 12, 2009, fixed the dates for the filing of applications for registration, transfer of registration records, reactivation, changes/ correction/ inclusions/ reinstatement of entries in the registration records from December 2, 2008 up to October 31;

WHEREAS, the Civil Service Commission, as the central personnel and administrative agency of the government is mandated under the constitution, to adopt measures to promote morale, efficiency, integrity, responsiveness, progressiveness, and courtesy in the civil service;

WHEREAS, government employees who as first time voters, or who desire to transfer/reactivate/correct/change/reinstate their registration records, deserve broader opportunities to exercise their 'right of suffrage through the filing, of their applications for registration/ transfer/reactivation/correction/ change/ reinstatement of registration records during working days;

WHEREAS, it is imperative to request the Civil Service Commission to issue guidelines/implementing rules allowing government employees to file applications for of their voter's registration records, at the Office of the Election Officer, even during weekdays, and that their temporary absence from their work stations be considered on official time;

NOW THEREFORE, the Commission RESOLVED, as it hereby RESOLVES, to request the Civil Service Commission to issue the appropriate order/circular/guidelines that would consider on official time the filing by government employees of their applications for registration, transfer of registration records, reactivation and changes/correction/inclusions/reinstatement of entries in their registration records, during working hours.

Let the Executive Director implement this Resolution.

SO ORDERED.

JOSE A. R. MELO
Chairman

RENE V. SARMIENTO
Commissioner
NICODEMO T. FERRER
Commissioner

LUCENITO N. TAGLE
Commissioner
ARMANDO C. VELASCO
Commissioner

ELIAS T. YUSOPH
Commissioner

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