Powers and Duties of Heads of Bureaus or Offices
SECTION 29. Powers and Duties in General.—The head of bureau or office shall be its chief executive officer. He shall exercise overall authority in matters within the jurisdiction of the bureau, office or agency, including those relating to its operations, and enforce all laws and regulations pertaining to it.
SECTION 30. Authority to Appoint and Discipline.—The head of bureau or office shall appoint personnel to all positions in his bureau or office, in accordance with law. In the case of the line bureau or office, the head shall also appoint the second level personnel of the regional offices, unless such power has been delegated. He shall have the authority to discipline employees in accordance with the Civil Service Law.
SECTION 31. Duties of Assistant Heads and Subordinates.—(1) Assistant heads and other subordinates in every bureau or office shall perform such duties as may be required by law or regulations, or as may be specified by their superiors not otherwise inconsistent with law;
(2) The head of bureau or office may, in the interest of economy, designate the assistant head to act as chief of any division or unit within the organization, in addition to his duties, without additional compensation; and
(3) In the absence of special restriction prescribed by law, nothing shall prevent a subordinate officer or employee from being assigned additional duties by proper authority, when not inconsistent with the performance of the duties imposed by law.
SECTION 32. Acting Head of Bureau or Office.—In case of the absence or disability of the head of a bureau or office, his duties shall be performed by the assistant head. When there are two or more assistant heads, the Secretary shall make the designation. In the absence of an assistant head, the Secretary may designate any officer or employee of the bureau or office as acting head without additional compensation.
SECTION 33. Performance of Duties of Subordinate Officers Temporarily Absent.—In case of the temporary absence or disability of any subordinate officer or employee in any bureau or office, its head may, subject to existing laws, rules and regulations, designate any other subordinate officer or employee within the organization to perform temporarily the duties of the absent or disabled person.
SECTION 34. Filling of Vacancies.—Vacancies caused by death, resignation or removal of any officer or subordinate may be temporarily filled in the same manner as in the case of temporary absence or disability. The vacancies shall not be filled by permanent appointment until the expiration of any leave allowable to the predecessor, unless the exigencies of the service require that the appointment be made immediately.
SECTION 35. Power to Require Bonds.—(1) The head of each bureau or office shall, consistent with law, rules and regulations, prescribe the form and fix the amount of all bonds executed by private parties to the government under the laws pertaining to his bureau or office. He shall pass on the sufficiency of the security and retain possession of the bond.
(2) When it appears that any such bond is insufficient, the head may require additional security. He may withdraw the privilege secured by the bond upon failure of the party to give additional security within the period fixed in the notice, but such an action shall be without prejudice to the liability of any person or property already obligated.
SECTION 36. Authority to Prescribe Forms and Issue Regulations.—(1) The head of a bureau or office shall prescribe forms and issue circulars or orders to secure the harmonious and efficient administration of his bureau or office and to carry into full effect the laws relating to matters within his jurisdiction. Penalties shall not be prescribed in any circular or order for its violation, except as expressly allowed by law;
(2) Heads of bureaus or offices are authorized to issue orders regarding the administration of their internal affairs for the guidance of or compliance by their officers and employees;
(3) Regional directors are authorized to issue circulars of purely informational or implementing nature and orders relating to the administration of the internal affairs of regional offices and units within their supervision; and
(4) Issuances under paragraphs (2) and (3) hereof shall not require, for their effectivity, approval by the Secretary or other authority.
SECTION 37. Annual Reports.—(1) All heads of bureaus or offices of the national government shall render annual reports to their respective Secretaries on or before the last day of February of each year.
(2) The reports shall contain concise statements of accomplishments and assessment of the progress attained in terms of approved programs and projects, including pertinent financial statements on expenditures incurred in their implementation during the calendar year. Broad recommendations and plans for undertaking work during the ensuing period shall be included together with matters specifically required by law or regulation to be incorporated therein.