CATARAMAN, Northern Samar — In keeping with the constitutional mandate to ensure a civil service insulated from political partisanship, the Department of Education (DepEd) Legal Division of Northern Samar reminded officials, teachers, and non-teaching personnel on the Prohibition of Electioneering and Partisan Political Activity during its 1st Division Convergence of Education Leaders at Mondragon Agro Industrial School on Feb. 12, 2019.

DepEd Division Legal Officer Atty. Resty Adarayan said Article IX-B, Section 2 (b) paragraph 4 of the 1987 Constitution states that no officer or employee in the civil service shall engage directly or indirectly, in any electioneering or partisan political campaign come May 2019 election.

“Omnibus Election Code, as amended prohibits government officials and employees from engaging in any electioneering and partisan political activity and considers it as election offense punishable by law,“ said Atty. Adarayan.

Adarayan pointed out that the prohibition aims to ensure that government workers will remain focused on the affairs of the government and do away with spoils system.

He said the following are regarded as partisan political activities, forming organizations, associations, clubs, committees or other groups of persons for the purpose of soliciting votes and/or undertaking any campaign for or against a candidate.

Holding political caucuses, conference, meetings rallies, parades, or other similar assemblies with same purpose are also not allowed, he continued.

Further he said employees are banned from making speeches, announcements, or commentaries, or holding interviews against the election of any candidate or party for public office.

On the other hand, Atty. Adarayan clarified that the exercise of one’s right to vote is not prohibited just like expressing one’s views on political issues and mentioning the names of candidates and parties whom one supports.  (NBC/TBC/PIA-8 Northern Samar)