MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Malacañang is presently conducting an evaluation of the performance of all current presidential appointees to ensure their continued eligibility for their respective roles.
“This is a directive to all presidential appointees, including those appointed by President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr., as part of performance review and to ensure continuing qualifications to remain in office,” Communication Secretary Cheloy Garafil said in a statement on Monday night, February 5.
The directive, initially released by the Presidential Management Staff on February 2 but gained widespread attention on X (formerly Twitter) on Monday, instructs the heads of various departments and agencies to submit updated personal data sheets, clearances, and other necessary documents from multiple government entities.
The memorandum additionally stated that appointees are required to secure clearances from the Civil Service Commission, National Bureau of Investigation, Office of the Ombudsman, and Sandiganbayan.
All necessary documents must be provided to the Presidential Management Staff within a 30-day period from the issuance of the memorandum.
The leaders of departments, agencies, offices, instrumentalities, government-owned or -controlled corporations, government financial institutions, and state universities and colleges are required to guarantee that all presidential appointees within their respective entities adhere to the specified requirements.
“This review process is not meant to be punitive,” Communications Secretary Cheloy Garafil clarified to Palace reporters in a Viber message.
“It is an opportunity for us to assess the performance of our appointees, identify areas for improvement, and ultimately ensure they are delivering on the President’s mandate,” Garafil added.
Tensions heightened into a public dispute in the final week of January, with disagreements over constitutional amendments placing strain on the relationship between the Marcos and Duterte families.
National Security Adviser Eduardo Año cautioned that any efforts to break away or foster discord within the nation will face a determined and forceful response.