MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III issued a memorandum order Wednesday declaring all non-career executive service positions vacant as of June 30, 2010 and extending the services of contractual employees until July 31.
The memo, signed by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, was the first order issued by Aquino since he formally assumed office at 12:00 noon Wednesday.
"All positions occupied by non-CESO presidential appointees are hereby declared vacant as of noon, June 30, 2010," the memo read.
"In the meantime, the most senior career executive service officer shall take over as officer-in-charge, to perform the duties and discharge the responsibilities of the position until July 31, 2010 or until a replacement has been appointed and has qualified whichever comes first," the memo further stated.
The contracts of contractual employees which expired on June 30, 2010, on the other hand, have been extended for another month. This will be in effect unless earlier terminated or renewed by the hiring agencies.
Services rendered by the contractual workers will be compensated in accordance with existing civil service, budgeting, accounting and auditing rules and regulations.
The issuance of the said directive was meant to prevent the "unnecessary disruption of government operations and the impairment of all official processes and transactions as well as the delivery of services to the people," the memo added.
The memo was read by presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda at a press conference in Malacanang, held after the first Cabinet meeting presided over by Aquino.