THE CIVIL SERVICE Commission, through its Office for Legal Affairs, launched the Revised Rules on Administrative Cases in the Civil Service (RRACS) last Dec. 9.
RRACS applies to all disciplinary and non-disciplinary administrative cases brought before the CSC, agencies and instrumentalities of the national government, local government units, and government-owned and controlled corporations with original charters except
as may be provided by law.
The latest edition rulebook supersedes its precedent Uniform Rules on Administrative Cases in the Civil Service.
What’s New in RRACS?
1. Settlement in administrative cases of light offenses
This settlement applies to light offenses where the act is purely personal on the part of the private complainant and the person complained of and there is no apparent injury committed to the government. (Rule 11, Section 54)
In the previous rules, amicable settlement is not permitted to remedy administrative cases.
2. Expanded guidelines on immediate reinstatement and payment of back salaries
Respondent official or employee is entitled to immediate reinstatement and payment of back salaries when the Commission declares an order of preventive suspension as null and void under circumstances stated in Rule 7, Section 29. The expanded guidelines
include new provisions.
3. Demotion as an alternative penalty
The grave offense of inefficiency and incompetence in the performance of duties may be
punishable by demotion.
4. Incorporation of the power of contempt
The CSC shall exercise its power of contempt to any official, employee or person found guilty of disobedience of or resistance to a lawful writ, process, order, decision, resolution,
ruling, summons, subpoena, command or injunction of the Commission. (Rule 15, Section 73)
5. Amendments to the procedural guidelines governing the disposition of administrative cases as contained in the URACS
RRACCS clarifies some gray areas in the previous rules. Amendments to the
uniform rules thru CSC memorandum circulars and resolutions are now incorporated in the RRACS.
For more details on the Revised Rules on Administrative Cases in the
Civil Service, grab your copy now! Call the CSC Hotline (02) 932-0111;
0917-TEXTCSC (8398272); or your CSC Regional Office.