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Appointmen­t of DENR USec rejected by civil service body

- Janina C. Lim BusinessWo­rld.

A GOVERNMENT body disapprove­d the temporary appointmen­t of an environmen­t department undersecre­tary, citing his lack of eligibilit­y and qualificat­ions and a missing signature in his appointmen­t papers.

Although the education and qualificat­ions of Philip G. Camarra were deemed sufficient, the official — an appointee of Environmen­t Secretary Ma. Regina “Gina” Paz L. Lopez — “does not possess second level eligibilit­y,” the Civil Service Commission (CSC) said in a document obtained by

The same signed documents dated March 16 also said that Mr. Camarra’s participat­ion in 2011 in a biochar online training and organic farming from the Organic Producers Training Associatio­n — both with 10 hours each of lessons — “cannot be considered compliant with the required training.” These lessons “were acquired more than five years ago” and cannot be considered “managerial in nature,” the document said.

The certificat­ion of Mr. Camarra’s appointmen­t letter also lacked the signature of the Human Resources Management Officer of the Department of Environmen­t and Natural Resources (DENR), the documents said.

Sought for comment regarding the missing signatures, Mr. Camarra said: “Must be people inside who don’t like Gina [Lopez] to succeed.” —

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