NEGROS Occidental Governor Eugenio Lacson said it is basic ethics for government employees not to use their phones while talking to clients.
The governor made the reaction relative to the Department of the Interior and Local Government's (DILG) recent order for all government employees not to use their mobile phone when attending to their clients.
Lacson pointed out that if it would be based on good manners and right conduct, using mobile phones while talking with another person is wrong.
Lacson said mobile phones should only be limited to work-related issues, wherein an employee can make calls in order to verify certain information.
In an order issued by DILG Secretary Eduardo Año on September 6, all local chief executives must ensure that the directive on phone usage should be observed by all frontline workers in accordance to the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.
The DILG reportedly issued the order after several instances were reported over the past few weeks, wherein government employees were caught using their phones while on duty and there are even instances that some of the employees are busy talking on their mobile phones while clients wait.