Officer-in-Charge vs Acting Capacity

Officer-in-Charge vs Acting Capacity

ROJoson’s Notes on Administration

Reynaldo O. Joson, MD, MHA, MHPEd, MSc Surg

November 20, 2012

Strictly speaking, there is a difference between “officer-in-charge” and “acting xxx.”  This difference must be made clear to all staff of the organization as well as the people designated or appointed to such positions.  One reason is to avoid confusion.  Second is for the people designated or appointed to such positions to know the extent of their duties and responsibilities as well as their authority.

In general, officer-in-charge is considered merely as a caretaker of an office.

“Officer-in-Charge has limited powers which are confined to functions of administration and ensuring that the office continues its usual activities.  Acting capacity entails not only the exercise of the ministerial functions attached to the position but also the exercise of discretion. This is so considering that the person designated is deemed to be the incumbent of the position.”

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2 Responses to Officer-in-Charge vs Acting Capacity

  1. Patty says:

    Hi. I am assigned to look for a jurisprudence regarding the difference between an officer in charge and one in an acting capacity? Do you mind if I ask what is your legal basis on this article? Thank you.

    • reyojoson says:

      I just based on the link / source that I got. It is indicated in my blog. I think it is from Civil Service Commission. Unfortunately, I cannot open the link as of today. I was trying to review it. Thanks for your question.

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