Palace expands ICO authority in government agencies

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. delivers his first State of the Nation Address at the Batasan Complex on July 25, 2022. Jonathan Cellona, ​​ABS-CBN News

MANILA — President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. has extended the terms of government agency heads until December this year, Malacañang announced Thursday.

Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles said Circular Memorandum (MC) No. 3, signed on Wednesday, complements MC No. 1, which declared government positions vacant to make room for new appointments.

MC #1 has also appointed ICOs in government agencies where Marcos has yet to appoint a secretary. Based on this circular, ICOs were only supposed to carry out their responsibilities until July 31 or until a “replacement was appointed”.

In the latest order however, Malacañang noted the need “to ensure the continued and effective delivery of government services” by extending the tenure of government officials and employees covered by MC no. 1.

“[MC No. 3] extends the authority of officers in charge until December 2022, unless a replacement has been designated or appointed, whichever comes first,” Cruz-Angeles said.

It also extends the tenure of service civil servants without a career, contract or casual employees until they are replaced, the circular said.

So far, Marcos has yet to name those who would lead the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development.


The order, however, does not apply to government-owned or controlled corporations (GOCCs), government institutions with corporate powers, public legal persons and public financial institutions, “which will continue to be governed by their respective charters, statutes and statutes”.

ICOs in departments, offices, agencies, instruments and offices covered by the order are prohibited from entering into new contracts or projects or disbursing extraordinary funds “except for those involved in the food, transport and energy or unless authorized by the President under meritorious conditions”. case.

The following are also prohibited from entering into new contracts or disbursing extraordinary funds:

  • GOCC
  • Government agencies with corporate powers
  • Public entities
  • Government financial institutions

These offices were prohibited from doing so “until new groups of appointed administrators have been appointed and general managers have been elected; and the freeport and special economic zone authorities, until that new groups of appointed directors have been appointed and general managers
elected executives,” the circular notes.

The Palace said the memorandum would come into effect immediately.

—Job Manahan and Pia Gutierrez, ABS-CBN News


Ashley C. Reynolds