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Adminstrative Law

Arellano Univeristy School of Law


aiza ebina/2015

CERVANTES vs AUDITOR GENERAL


91 SCRA 359
Delegation to Administrative Agencies
Sufficiency of Standards
FACTS: It appears that petitioner was in 1949 the manager of the NAFCO with a salary of P15,000 a year.
By a resolution of the Board of Directors of this corporation approved on January 19 of that year, he was
granted quarters allowance of not exceeding P400 a month effective the first of that month. Submitted the
Control Committee of the Government Enterprises Council for approval, the said resolution was
disapproved on August 3, 1949.
The Government Enterprises Council was created by the President under Executive Order No. 93 pursuant
to Republic Act No. 51, authorizing the President of the Philippines, among other things, to effect such
reforms and changes in government owned and controlled corporations for the purpose of promoting
simplicity, economy and efficiency in their operation. The petitioner challenged the action of the
Government Enteprises Council, contending that Executive Order No. 93 was an undue delegation of
power.
ISSUE: Whether or not Executive Order No. 93 is null and void because it is based on a law that is
unconstitutional as an illegal delegation of legislative power to the President
RULING: No. As to the first ground, the rule is that so long as the Legislature "lays down a policy and a
standard is established by the statute" there is no undue delegation. Republic Act No. 51 in authorizing the
President of the Philippines, among others, to make reforms and changes in government-controlled
corporations, lays down a standard and policy that the purpose shall be to meet the exigencies attendant
upon the establishment of the free and independent government of the Philippines and to promote
simplicity, economy and efficiency in their operations. The standard was set and the policy fixed. The
President had to carry the mandate. This he did by promulgating the executive order in question which,
tested by the rule above cited, does not constitute an undue delegation of legislative power.
RATIO: Delegation to Administrative Agencies. Under the sufficient standard test, there must be adequate
guidelines or limitations in the law to map out the boundaries of the delegate authority and prevent the
delegation from running riot.
To "promote simplicity, economy and efficiency" is a sufficient standard.
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