IJSSH 2015 Vol.5(1): 83-86 ISSN: 2010-3646
DOI: 10.7763/IJSSH.2015.V5.427

Weaving New Beginnings in Philippine Bureaucracy: A Closer Look on Senate Bill 2616 (Anti-Political Recommendations Act)

Lorraine Kay P. Villaluz
Abstract—Recruitment of government employees through merit system is a big dilemma being faced by many government offices in the Philippines especially after local and national elections. Elected officials used their victory to reward supporters to government employment irrespective of supporters’ qualifications. Such a practice has ignored the civil service rules and regulations regarding recruitment and has compromised the quality of public services delivered to the constituents in many local and provincial locations in the country. Despite attempts to reduce such political culture in the past, no substantial indications of change has been recorded yet, instead, politically employed personnel tended to perform poorly affecting bureaucracy. Passing Senate Bill 2616 otherwise known as “Anti-Political Recommendations Act” into law vis-a-vis strict compliance to mandates of Civil Service answers the need to curb, if not completely wipe out the wrong culture of political recommendation for government offices. It may augment the standard and quality of services being provided to the constituents through a rigorous, transparent and correct employment processes. More so, this paper explores the necessity of enforcing anti-political recommendation bill into law for an accountable, fair and transparent Philippine bureaucracy.

Index Terms—Anti-political recommendations act, merit system, Philippine bureaucracy, senate bill 2616.

Lorraine Kay P. Villaluz is with the University of the Philippines Tacloban College, Tacloban City, Philippines (e-mail: lovingcookiesncreme28@gmail.com).

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Cite: Lorraine Kay P. Villaluz, " Weaving New Beginnings in Philippine Bureaucracy: A Closer Look on Senate Bill 2616 (Anti-Political Recommendations Act)," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 83-86, 2015.

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