WHEREAS, the Commission recognizes the importance of every member of the organization whose self-development and general well being are its concern and therefore is supportive of various human resource development activities within and outside COA;
WHEREAS, Section 68 of Civil Service Commission (CSC) Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 14, s. 1999 on Additional Provisions and Amendments to CSC MC No. 41, s. 1998, provides that officials and employees, excluding those in the teaching profession, who are covered by different provisions of law, may be entitled to go on study leave on official time to prepare for their Bar/Board examinations or to complete their master's degree;
WHEREAS, for an equitable and rational availment of the study leave by COA officials and employees subject to the general guidelines stated in the aforementioned CSC MC, the Scholarship Board recommends the adoption of the herein implementing guidelines on the matter;
NOW THEREFORE, the Commission Proper resolves, as it does hereby resolve to adopt the following implementing guidelines on study leave for Bar/Board review and examination or completion of Masterís Degree pursuant to CSC-MC No. 14, series of 1999:
The applicant for study leave Ė
If the study leave is approved, the applicant Ė
For the grantee of study leave for completion of Master's Degree Ė
The grantee shall render the required service obligation reckoned from his date of assumption after the study leave, as follows:
In the instance that the grantee fails to complete his Bar/Board review and examination and/or his Masterís Degree, he shall immediately inform the Scholarship Board through the HRMO of the same.
Performance rating for the past two (2) semesters
Certification that the applicant has no pending administrative/criminal case
Certification that the applicant is not enjoying another scholarship grant with the government and that he has no pending service obligation for any previous local or foreign scholarship to be signed by the Administrative Officer and noted by the Director.
For Regional Directors, sign the Study Leave Contract for and in behalf of the Chairman upon receipt of the advice of the favorable recommendation of the Scholarship Board and submit the same to the HRMO to facilitate preparation of the Office Order.
Ensure that the limitation on the number of grantees per Office and per Region is strictly observed so that the study leave shall not in any way prejudice/hamper the smooth operation of their offices.
Maintain a list of grantees under their supervision and monitor the grantees' compliance with the herein guidelines and the terms and conditions of the Study Leave Contract.
VII. ADMINISTRATIVE AND IMPLEMENTING CONTROLS
A grantee is given fifteen (15) days from receipt of notice of refund to settle the amount. If the grantee fails to refund within the reglementary period, the refund shall be effected through salary deduction to be determined by the PFMO.
Grantees shall not be more than two (2) for every Bar/Board examination including Masterís Degree completion for each Office/Region, provided that the number of grantees per Office/Region shall not exceed six (6) in a given year. Provided further that should the slots for Board examination and/or completion of Masterís Degree not be filled up, the slots for Bar review and examination may be increased to four (4).
The study leave may be availed of more than once, provided the service obligation on the study leave previously availed had already been rendered. Provided further that the study leave application shall not be for the same category previously availed of.
The study leave shall take effect at the start of the review classes.
COA Resolution No. 97-019 is hereby deemed repealed in its entirety. The provisions under COA Resolution No. 97-020 pertinent to the time scholarship for Bar review and examination and Sections 2 and 4 of COA Resolution No. 97-031 on cash grants are likewise repealed accordingly.
This COA Resolution takes effect immediately.
Quezon City, Philippines.