March 22, 2017

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) announced that incumbent government employees who have dual citizenship have until tomorrow, March 23, 2017, to renounce their foreign citizenship.

CSC Chairperson Alicia dela Rosa-Bala said that, per CSC Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 23, s. 2016 issued on September 15, 2016, failure to meet the deadline for renouncing foreign citizenship by employees covered by the said policy would result in the recall of the prior approval/validation of their appointments.

Recently, the Commission issued a clarification thru MC No. 8, s. 2017 which states that MC 23, s. 2016 covers only natural born Filipino citizens who were naturalized in another country and later on reacquired their Filipino citizenship.

“Those who were born to Filipino parents in a state which follows the principle of jus soli are not required to renounce their citizenship,” Chairperson Bala said, adding that Filipino citizens whose foreign citizenship was acquired by birth are not covered by CSC MC 23, s. 2016.

The CSC’s policy on employment in the government service of Filipino citizens with dual citizenship was issued pursuant to Article XI of the 1987 Constitution, Chapter 9 of Executive Order No. 292 also known as the Administrative Code of 1987, as well as Republic Act No. 9225 entitled the Citizenship Retention and Re-Acquisition Act of 2003.