By Jade C. Zaldivar
Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte has confirmed she is in the midst of preparing her statement of assets, liabilities, and net worth (SALN).
Duterte-Carpio said she’s now at crunch time as SALN submission is set not later than April 30.
“Wala pa akong SALN pero it’s being prepared,” the city mayor said in an interview.
“Since the submission of the ITR (Income Tax Return) is set for not later than April 15 we’re preparing that also. Halos nagkadungan-dungan ug asikaso,” she added.
The submission of the SALN is in compliance with Civil Service Commission (CSC) Resolution No. 1100902 dated July 8, 2011 which schedules the deadline of filing at the end of this month.
The same CSC resolution released a new SALN 2011 form, the use of which was deferred through CSC Resolution No. 1200480 of March 15, 2012 following complaints received by the commission from various sectors.
The decision favors Duterte-Carpio who expressed earlier that she found some requirements of the SALN form as ‘unnecessary.’
“There are items there that are not clear to the SALN’s purpose,” the city mayor said.
As CSC Resolution No. 1200480 resolves that the old SALN form will be used, Duterte-Carpio said she would be following this.
The dissimilarity of the 2011 SALN form with the old form is that it has three additional sections of (1) Amount and sources of gross income, (2) Amount of personal and family expenses, and (3) Amount of income taxes paid, which have to be filled out by all public officers and employees.
The CSC deferred the use of the 2011 SALN form after receiving requests for deferment from numerous sectors.
The House Committee on Civil Service and Professional Regulation was also noted to have passed House Resolution No. 2199 which requests the CSC to “study the legality of the Revised SALN Form.”
The Senate Committee on Civil Service and Government Reorganization, headed by Antonio F. Trillanes IV also wrote to the CSC on February 27, 2012 stating that “the Revised SALN Form has possible constitutional infirmity, illegality, and/or impracticality.”
The Committee also expressed concern “that majority of government workers are ill-quipped with sufficient knowledge on how to accomplish the said form properly.”
Among the sectors which sent requests for deferment from the CSC are the Philippine Government Employees Association, Local Government Mechanical Engineer’s Association of the Philippines, Asial Labor Network on International and Financial Institutions – Philippine Chapter, and the National Convention of Government Employees Working Council.
The groups claimed that “government workers have not fully comprehended the requirements for filling out the new form.
The Comission however maintained that the 2011 SALN Form is “anchored on subsisting laws.”
“It must be pointed out that the new requirements in the Revised SALN form are actually requirements under Republic Act No. 3019 (Anti -Graft and Corrupt Practices Act),” so stated in CSC Resolution No. 1100902.