154 PRB officials occupying ‘holdover’ positionsrEP

NUEVA VIZCAYA Rep. Carlos Padilla  has called for a congressional probe on the alleged “holdover” officials of the Professional Regulatory Board (PRB) who have been holding on to their positions for almost 15 years now.

Padilla (Lone District, Nueva Vizcaya), author of House Resolution 2826, said the overstaying officials of the PRB are violating the charter, which created the agency.

Padilla said under the charter an appointed official of the PRB can only stay in the service for three years and can be reappointed for another three-year term.

“Majority of the present PRBs chairpersons and members are occupying their positions in a holdover status for more than six years, while some for almost 15 years,” Padilla said.

Padilla asked the House Committee on Civil Service and Professional Regulation to summon the PRB officials to shed light on the matter.

Padilla said of the 154 PRB holdovers, 45 are PRB chairs, 129 are PRB members, and another15 PRB members with current and unexpired terms of offices.

“The holdover status of numerous chairpersons and members of the PRB directly violates the prevailing charter of the regulatory board limiting their appointment for a term of only three years with a possible reappointment for one more term or another three years,” Padilla said.

Padilla said the Supreme Court defined the term “holdover” as allowing the incumbent officer to occupy the position beyond the fixed term until the successor is duly appointed under the case of Pobre vs. Mendieta and Ibay-Somera on July 23, 1993.

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