Lawmaker tells government employees: 'Games over'-A A +A
Thursday, October 24, 2013
MANILA -- "Games over."
Employees in government and public offices will soon be restricted from using computers for games and entertainment purposes once the proposal of Quezon City Representative Winston Castelo is approved in Congress.
Castelo, chairman of the House committee on Metro Manila Development, filed a bill to be known as the "Self-Regulatory Policy on Computer Use in Public Offices Act of 2013" calls for instituting a self-regulatory policy especially those involved in frontline services.
The proposal was filed following a photo which circulated in social networking sites showing two employees of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) playing video games while at work at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
In a Twitter post, POEA head Hans Leo Cacdac said, “I take full responsibility for the two POEA employees caught playing video games at NAIA 2. Disciplinary procedures have been commenced.”
Under the proposed bill, Castelo said that the "use of computers on government time shall be disallowed and such employee shall be subjected to disciplinary action by the immediate supervisor or head of agency."
"No clear rule or regulation has yet been issued that will effectively control or regulate the use of computers in government offices by employees while in their respective offices presumably to perform their duties and responsibilities with utmost diligence and dedication," Castelo said in the bill's explanatory note. (Sunnex)