City Hall workers warned: Obey traffic code, work rules

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Monday, March 3, 2014


CITY Hall employees have been warned that they will not be exempted from the traffic code, said lawyer Jose Edgardo Uy, chairman of the Task Force Hapsay Dalan (TFHD), on Monday.

Uy said as public servants, they (City Hall workers) should become models to the rest of the populace.

“We are strictly implementing the traffic code in the city. My plea to my co-workers here: let us follow the traffic code. We should only cross at pedestrian lanes -- we should be good models to the public and not the perpetrators of violations,” he said during the City Hall’s flag ceremony on Monday.

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Meanwhile, City Administrator Hilario Roy Raagas said the City Hall employees should not wait until the department heads and the administration resort to harsh actions for them to follow orders.

Raagas noticed that some of the rules the City Hall employees do not obey are the memorandum regarding the conduct during flag ceremonies, including the proper wearing of uniform and observance of working hours.

Offenders

Uy said that during the first day of the strict implementation of traffic code, he caught a City Hall employee violating it.

He observed how the worker behaved after he handed him over to the police for his traffic violations.

He said the employee told the police that he works at the City Hall, at the mayor’s office, to be exact, hoping to avoid getting penalized.

The police officers were about to excuse the City Hall employee but Uy insisted that he should be given a traffic ticket because he works in a public office.

But to Uy’s dismay, the offender left degrading messages on the project that only seeks to keep the city “hapsay” (orderly).

Before the offender left, he told the traffic enforcers that the strict implementation of the traffic code could do nothing to the traffic situation of the city and accused the traffic enforcer as corrupt, Uy narrated.

“If he is a City Hall employee he should not say such to a traffic enforcer who works hard to keep the streets of our city ‘hapsay’,” he said.

Uy disclosed that a member of the Roads and Traffic Administration (RTA) was handed with a violation ticket.

Flag ceremony

Raagas, for his part, noticed that during flag ceremonies, some City Hall employees stay outside the quadrangle despite the ample space inside it.

Raagas also urged the beadles and department heads to check the attendance of the employees in their respective offices.

“We are democratic, but mind you, convocations like this, is very important,” Raagas said.

He also reminded the department heads to monitor the personnel in their offices regarding the compliance of the rules and regulations in the City Hall.

IDs and working schedule

Raagas also said that a lot of the employees are seen littering in the parking areas, in the covered walk or benches during working hours.

He reminded the employees that they can only go out during lunch and in the 15-minute breaks.

“You should only go outside when doing field work or when there are valid reasons,” he added.

Raagas also observed that a lot of City Hall workers are not wearing their IDs. “Wearing an ID is a civil service requirement and all employees should wear one.”

“This is a directive of the Civil Service Commission, nobody is exempted. This is a way for the constituents to identify the workers they transact business with at the City Hall. In case there are complaints, it will be easy for the constituents to give names,” Raagas said.

Cynthia Nacalaban, a City Hall worker for almost 15 years under the City Public Service Office, said the City Hall employees should be the first one to abide by the rules.

“We are the ones who make and implement the rules and we should be the first one to follow them. This is for the betterment of the city anyway. It is good to see that the city is ‘hapsay,’” Nacalaban said.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on March 04, 2014.

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