How to secure a copy of SALN?

At the height of ex-Chief Justice Renato Corona’s impeachment case, a certain document had been in the forefront of the news throughout the legal process of removing a high-ranking official. Although there were many impeachment complaints filed against him, the issue with his sworn Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) became the major grounds for him to accept the verdict of Senator-Judges as guilty. And today, SALN becomes one of the measure for the transparency and accountability of government officials – how are they honest to fill up such document.

According to the 1987 Philippine Constitution, SALN shall be disclosed to the public (in a manner provided by law). Every Filipino has the right to see the SALN of any officials where their taxes are going to be their salary. Constitution says so, too, that a public official is a public trust. And filling a SALN is their major responsibility.

But how one can get a copy of the SALN of any official? Here’s how.

(This steps may only be relevant if you are looking for the SALN of President Benigno S. Aquino III)

1. Ombudsman has the copy of the SALN of any government officials, except for the House of Representatives which can be secured at the Congress. Go to Ombudsman located at Agham Road, Quezon City.

2. Go to the Public Assistance Bureau which is located at the first floor of the building. Security Guards at the entrance can tell you where.

3. Approach any staff in the counter or ask the staff in the help desk about how can you get a copy of SALN. The staff will probably ask you whose SALN you are requesting and where it will be used for. In the case of mine, I requested for the President’s SALN and it will be used for my class (academic purposes). He/She will ask you to present two valid IDs and will photocopy it for you.

4. The staff will give you a Request Form. Fill-up the form but do not immediately sign your name after the statements in the form.

5. The staff will then give the form to an attorney-at-law for you to swear the statement provided in the form. The statement just says that you will not have to give the SALN to anyone or third party and that you are responsible for any civil or criminal act that would arise if you will not hold the SALN responsibly. The attorney will notarized it for free. You will then have to fill-up another form somewhat like a Liability form. (The attorney is so friendly and will discuss any information you put in the form.)

6. The staff will give you the request form together with the photocopy of your IDs and will ask you to give it to Central Records Section at the second floor of the building. The staff in the records section will get the form and ask you to go down again in the Public Assistance Bureau.

7. Wait for 10-30 minutes in PAB to call your name. Then, the staff will ask you to pay 10 pesos at the Cashier Section at the second floor.

8. Present the receipt at PAB and they will give to you the SALN you requested.





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