Palace issues new standards of CSW, must be evidence-based, holistic, inclusive

Published November 21, 2019, 12:07 PM

by AJ Siytangco

By Genalyn Kabiling

In requesting for presidential issuances and approvals, government agencies are now required to present “evidence-based,” “inclusive,” and “holistic” proposals with complete staff work (CSW) to the Office of the President.

These are some of the latest standards of CSW imposed by Malacañang to ensure the efficiency in the processing and evaluating of such requests from the President.

Memorandum Circular No. 72 on strengthening CSW standards for the presidency was signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea last November 15 after getting many requests from agencies with insufficient documents. A copy of the circular was released by the Palace to the public on Thursday.

“It has been observed that numerous requests for presidential issuances, authorizations, and approvals are either submitted near the target date of promulgation and/or without the necessary staff work having been accomplished by the requesting department, bureau, or office of government,” the circular read.

“There is an urgent need to strengthen the existing standards of CSW and strictly enforce the same with the end view of efficiency and effectively delivering crucial government programs,” it said.

The latest circular covers all proposed presidential issuances such as executive orders, administrative orders, memorandum orders, memorandum circulars, proclamations, as well as requests for authorizations and approvals to be signed by the President submitted by government offices, state firms, local government units, and private entities.

The circular defined CSW as the “recommendation of a single and coordinated best course of action by a proponent in such form and substance that would enable the Office of the President (OP) to adequately assess and indicate its approval or disapproval of the proposal.”

In presenting proposals, the proponent must present the best available evidence in making policy recommendations, designing programs, and implementing them.

“All information, especially statistical data, should be relevant, timely, accurate, and validated and obtainable from verifiable and credible sources,” the circular read. “The issue/s should be clearly defined and effect/s identified with particular emphasis on operational matter or information that is not sourced from generally accessible literature,” it added.

The proposals must also be inclusive wherein positions of concerned government agencies and stakeholders are considered and reported especially those involving contentious issues.

The Palace also reminded government agencies to view the problem “in a holistic matter” and adopt a whole-of-government approach in solving such concern. “The issue/s must be viewed from a macro-level perspective that takes into account, among others, legal, political, social, economic, technological, security, cultural and environmental standpoints,” it said.

The Palace also required agencies to submit proposals or requests for presidential issuance or approval in a memorandum not exceeding three pages.

The cover memorandum must contain a concise presentation of the title, antecedent, or brief background, recommendation, rationale, agency coordination, and funding requirement. The draft action document, implementation plan, and other relevant documents must be attached to the memorandum.

Government agencies must respond to the request for comments either by the proponent or by the OP within 15 days from receipt of such request.

The Palace said failure to comply with the latest standards of CSW will be sufficient basis not to act on the request or return it to the proponent.

 
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Palace issues new standards of CSW, must be evidence-based, holistic, inclusive

Published November 21, 2019, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Genalyn Kabiling

In requesting for presidential issuances and approvals, government agencies are now required to present “evidence-based,” “inclusive,” and “holistic” proposals with complete staff work (CSW) to the Office of the President.

These are some of the latest standards of CSW imposed by Malacañang to ensure the efficiency in the processing and evaluating of such requests from the President.

Memorandum Circular No. 72 on strengthening CSW standards for the presidency was signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea last November 15 after getting many requests from agencies with insufficient documents. A copy of the circular was released by the Palace to the public on Thursday.

“It has been observed that numerous requests for presidential issuances, authorizations, and approvals are either submitted near the target date of promulgation and/or without the necessary staff work having been accomplished by the requesting department, bureau, or office of government,” the circular read.

“There is an urgent need to strengthen the existing standards of CSW and strictly enforce the same with the end view of efficiency and effectively delivering crucial government programs,” it said.

The latest circular covers all proposed presidential issuances such as executive orders, administrative orders, memorandum orders, memorandum circulars, proclamations, as well as requests for authorizations and approvals to be signed by the President submitted by government offices, state firms, local government units, and private entities.

The circular defined CSW as the “recommendation of a single and coordinated best course of action by a proponent in such form and substance that would enable the Office of the President (OP) to adequately assess and indicate its approval or disapproval of the proposal.”

In presenting proposals, the proponent must present the best available evidence in making policy recommendations, designing programs, and implementing them.

“All information, especially statistical data, should be relevant, timely, accurate, and validated and obtainable from verifiable and credible sources,” the circular read. “The issue/s should be clearly defined and effect/s identified with particular emphasis on operational matter or information that is not sourced from generally accessible literature,” it added.

The proposals must also be inclusive wherein positions of concerned government agencies and stakeholders are considered and reported especially those involving contentious issues.

The Palace also reminded government agencies to view the problem “in a holistic matter” and adopt a whole-of-government approach in solving such concern. “The issue/s must be viewed from a macro-level perspective that takes into account, among others, legal, political, social, economic, technological, security, cultural and environmental standpoints,” it said.

The Palace also required agencies to submit proposals or requests for presidential issuance or approval in a memorandum not exceeding three pages.

The cover memorandum must contain a concise presentation of the title, antecedent, or brief background, recommendation, rationale, agency coordination, and funding requirement. The draft action document, implementation plan, and other relevant documents must be attached to the memorandum.

Government agencies must respond to the request for comments either by the proponent or by the OP within 15 days from receipt of such request.

The Palace said failure to comply with the latest standards of CSW will be sufficient basis not to act on the request or return it to the proponent.

 
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