‘Observe proper work hours,’ Capitol employees urged

THE Progressive Alliance of Capitol Employees (Pace) called on the employees of the Negros Occidental Provincial Government to properly observe working hours, which is one of the provisions of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.

Pace vice president and spokesperson Renelo Lastierre said Thursday that the call is in line with the mandate of President Rodrigo Duterte to improve efficiency in government services.

Lastierre particularly urged Capitol employees to avoid doing personal activities like going to the malls during office hours.

Under the guidelines set by the Civil Service Commission, the work schedule in government offices is 8 a.m. to 12 noon, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

“As public servants, we are expected to provide right services to the public whose taxes are source of our salaries and benefits,” Lastierre said.

The union leader also urged member-employees to stay in their respective offices and departments even during break time, and abide by "no smoking" policy at the Capitol.

“As much as possible, let us have our coffee sessions within our workplaces to avoid notions of escaping from duties from the public,” Lastierre said, as he warned erring employees on corresponding penalties like administrative charges and dismissal from service.

Lawyer Annabelle Palic, head of the Human Resource Management Office, said that even before the pronouncement of Duterte, the Provincial Government has already been implementing these policies.

Through various memorandums, they keep on reiterating to the employees the observance of ethics in the workplace, she added.

“The governor is set to sign another executive order this month pertaining to the code of conduct, including maintaining honesty and transparency among Capitol employees,” Palic said.

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