Public Service Reformation Act
By Atty. Marlowe Camello



The PEOPLE’S INITIATIVE TO REFORM
THE ELECTION, APPOINTMENT OR PROMOTION
TO GOVERNMENT POSITIONS IN THE PHILIPPINE
GOVERNMENT AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
Drafted/Up-dated As of 6/14/2012

Herein below are the most important purposes of this proposed law, the Public Service Reformation Act, and the easy steps for its enactment by the people's initiative process under RA 6735 are found in this LINK:

  • To implement Article II, Section 26 of the Philippine Constitution to stop political dynasties in government;

  • To prohibit a candidate from seeking public office unless he passes a prescribed questioner form known as the Form DST1. This acronym stands for "Declaration of Sincerity and Truthfulness" to serve in the government service.

  • To require multi-party run-off election 3 months prior to election day to simplify voting;

  • To adopt block voting for executive political public positions to further streamline the election of executive officials and avoid in-fighting.

  • To ensure that the winning candidate must obtain more than 50% of all the people's votes who cast their ballots for the candidates to the office he was elected for.
  • This proposed law declares that public service is a mere privilege and not a right. It applies in filling up all positions in the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial positions from the national, down to all local government units, including government owned or quasi-government corporations and in all armed and police services.

    The Public Service Reformation Act requires that any person who aspires to hold a government position should not be treated differently from a person who is applying for a job in a commercial enterprise, such as a corporation, in which he is required by his prospective employer or supervisor to answer certain questions or submit some type of a resume' to indicate his competence, efficiency, as well as his honesty for the job he is applying for.

    He must show that he is capable, trustworthy, with no blemished record. He must not be laboring under a conflict of interest.

    With good reasons, it is even very much necessary for an aspirant for a job in the government that he should be required to answer certain questions about himself to determine if he is genuinely qualified, competent, and can be trusted in the position he wants to hold.

    It is in this proposed law that an aspirant to a public office shall be thoroughly tested by the Commission on Elections and must successfully hurdle certain questions in the said document, Form DST1. If he cannot pass the test in this document, the COMELEC is mandated to disqualify him from the privilege to run for a government office.

    This writer believes that this proposed law can only be successfully enacted by the people's initiative. Majority of the members of the Philippine Congress may be reluctant to enact it for the reason that most of its members are "heirs" or spouses of traditional politicians, aka: "TRAPOS". It would be against their interest of depriving themselves of their "dynasty rights" to hold their public positions in perpetuity.

    Feel free to contact Atty. Marlowe Camello, author of this proposed law, if you need more free information to enact it by the people's initiative process. His email is mcamello@verizon.net

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