EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 270 – EXTENDING UP TO SEPTEMBER 30, 2000 THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE “WINDING UP” OF OPERATIONS OF THE CORDILLERA ADMINISTRATIVE REGION (CAR-PROPER) AS PROVIDED UNDER THE AGENCY’S SPECIAL PROVISIONS IN THE GENERAL APPROPRIATIONS ACT (GAA) FOR FISCAL YEAR 2000
WHEREAS, Executive Order No. 220, series of 1987, created the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) to administer the affairs of government in the region, accelerate the economic and social growth and development of the units thereof and prepare the establishment of the autonomous region in the Cordillera;
WHEREAS, the Special Provisions in the GAA for CAR for FY 2000 mandates that the amounts appropriated for CAR shall be used to wind up the activities of the Cordillera Administrative Region, including the separation and retirement benefits of all affected officials and employees; Provided, that any deficiency in the amount for payment of terminal leave and retirement gratuity benefits shall be taken from the Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Fund;
WHEREAS, Republic Act No. 6656 recognizes the need to protect the security of tenure of civil service officers and employees in the reorganization process without sacrificing the promotion of morale, efficiency, integrity, responsiveness, progressiveness, and courtesy in the civil service, pursuant to Article IX, B, Section 3 of the Constitution;
WHEREAS, the winding up of CAR and the final disposition of its personnel, assets and liabilities require inter-agency coordination for its smooth and orderly implementation;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH EJERCITO ESTRADA, President of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by law do hereby order:
SECTION 1. Creation of Special Task Force. — A Special Task Force is hereby created to be chaired by the Executive Secretary, with the Secretary of Budget and Management, the Chairman of the Cordillera Regional Assembly and the Executive Director of the Cordillera Executive Board as members, that shall provide policy guidelines for, and oversee, the final disposition of personnel, functions, assets and liabilities of the CAR.
SECTION 2. Transfer or Re-employment of CAR Personnel. — CAR personnel shall be given priority in hiring for existing vacant positions in other government agencies, subject to compliance with established qualification standards set by the receiving agencies. The transfer to or re-employment of CAR personnel with other agencies shall be exempt from the prohibition on new hiring under Administrative Order No. 100 dated December 1, 1999.
SECTION 3. Separation or Retirement of CAR Personnel. — All CAR personnel qualified for retirement may elect optional retirement as they may deem proper. All benefits, including payment of accrued leave credits, that may lawfully be given to CAR employees by virtue of their transfer, retirement or separation from service shall be paid within one (1) month from the filing of the necessary clearances and other pertinent documents.
SECTION 4. Transfer of Assets and Liabilities. — All assets and liabilities of CAR are hereby transferred without cost to the Presidential Adviser for Regional Concerns (PARECO) pending appropriate final disposition.
SECTION 5. Extension of Period. — The Special Task Force, in coordination with other concerned agencies is hereby given until September 30, 2000 within which to fully implement the deactivation of CAR. It shall be assisted by a skeletal force consisting of personnel occupying positions listed in Annex “A” hereof for the task of winding up of CAR operations and the safekeeping of its resources. Unless otherwise transferred to other agencies, members of the skeletal force will be deemed separated from the service due to abolition of position pursuant to bona fide reorganization effective September 30, 2000.