- Duterte promised to remove any government employees from service if they will be caught extending lunch breaks or cutting their working hours short
- Duterte pointed out that employees who are cutting working hours short are actually committing “estafa” and “swindling”
- The president also reminded the government officials and employees that they should live a simple life and should not avail of first-class seats on flights
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte promised to remove any government officials and employees from service if they will be caught extending lunch breaks or cutting their working hours short to stroll in malls.
The statement was said by Duterte on a video posted by RTVM on Saturday, where the President said employees of both national and local government are paid by the Filipinos and must dedicate service to the people eight hours a day.
“Bayad tayo. So pag inindian mo ang tao, wala sa opisina mo…after lunch break nasa mga mall, nagpapasyal-pasyal, pag nangyari yan uli, dismissed ka,” Duterte said as quoted in an article by Manila Bulletin.
[“We are paid. So if you leave your office, after the lunch break and you are still in the mall, roaming around, if that happens again, you will be dismissed.”]
Duterte pointed out that employees who are doing this are actually committing “estafa” and “swindling.”
“Technically, kayong mga taga-gobyerno (those of you who are in government), when you are not there to serve the people, you’re committing estafa. It’s not clearly defined but the act is actually swindling. It’s under Article 8 of the Revised Penal Code,” Duterte said.
“You’re swindling the people. Bayad ka ng otso oras tapos andyan ka na lang dalawa, tatlong oras, pasyal-pasyal. Magtrabaho kayo, (You are paid for eight hours then you will work only for two to three hours, roaming around. Do your job),” he added.
The president also put emphasis on his marching order to government offices to cut the red tape.
Chairman Alicia Dela Rosa Bala, the chairperson of the Civil Service Commission (CSC), confirmed that she has ordered the government offices to review their Citizen’s Charter and ensure that the duration of a transaction are reduced and redundant requirements are removed.
“Give him/her a shopping list, yung requirements i-produce mo, ganun, tax, medical certificate o birth certificate. Huwag pagkatapos pagbigay mo sa tao, huwag mo na dagdagan,” said Duterte as quoted in an article by ABS-CBN News.
Meanwhile, the president also reminded the government officials and employees that they should live a simple life and should not avail of first-class seats on flights. The president also said that government employees and officials should be barred from entering casinos.
“Hanggang economy lang tayo. Sabihin niyong magdagdag kayo ng pera, ganun din, kalahati ng binayad ninyo pera ng tao,” the President said.
[“We should (fly) till economy. You can say you will add (from your own pocket), but it is still the same, half of that money is from the people.”]
“You do not have the right to spend people’s money nang ganun (in that way),” he added.
Duterte also called on the public to report their complaints through the hotline 8888, which will be launched next month.
“I will take action immediately,” Duterte promised.