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.”