Malacañang declares certain executive posts vacant

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President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr. delivers his inaugural speech on June 30, 2022.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 1) — Malacañang has declared certain positions in the executive department as vacant.

Memorandum Circular 1 signed by Executive Secretary Victor Rodriguez states the following positions are considered unoccupied effective noon of June 30, or when President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr. assumed office:

- all presidential appointees whose appointments are classified as co-terminous;

- all presidential appointees occupying positions created in excess of the authorized staffing pattern;

- all non-career executive service officials occupying career executive service positions; and

- contractual and/or casual employees

The document was issued on June 30 but released to the media a day later.

To ensure continuous delivery of government services, the Palace said vacancies in the heads of executive departments and other offices shall be temporarily filled by the most senior official who will become officer-in-charge.

They shall perform the duties of a top official until July 31, or until a replacement has been appointed or designated, whichever comes first.

The document did not list the agencies whose top post is considered vacant.

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Meanwhile, the circular provides that all non-career executive officials occupying career executive service positions shall remain in office on a hold-over capacity until July 31, or until their resignations have been accepted and/or their replacements have been chosen, whichever comes first.

Affected contractual or casual employees whose contracts under former President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration expired shall likewise continue in service until the end of the month, unless earlier terminated or renewed.