During last Monday’s Flag Raising Ceremony (FRC) participated in by personnel from various provincial offices of National Line Agencies and by personnel of the Provincial Government, Civil Service Commission (CSC) – CAR Regional Director Marilyn E. Taldo reminded government workers against engaging in partisan political activities.
“I would to reiterate or to remind our fellow civil servants who are holding nonpolitical offices… it is election period and we would like to remind you that you have a right to exercise your right to vote but please, those who are holding non-political offices, be reminded not to engage directly or indirectly in partisan political activities because that is both a criminal and administrative offense.
As public servants we are expected to be impartial; we can for vote the candidates we want to support, but please refrain from promoting the election or the defeat of particular candidates specially if you are holding career positions. Also please observe the code of conduct and ethical standards for public officials and employees or RA 6713, especially the norms of conduct,” Taldo said.
Section 261 (i) of the Omnibus Election Code (Intervention of Public Officers and Employees) states
“Any office or employee in the civil service, except those holding political offices; any officer, employee, or member of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, or any police force, special forces, home defense forces, barangay self-defense units and all other para-military units that now exist or which may hereafter be organized who, directly or indirectly, intervenes in any election campaign or engages in any partisan political activity, except to vote or to preserve public order, if one is a peace officer, shall be guilty of an election offense.” ( http://www.csc.gov.ph/…/1687-csc-reminds-government-workers… )
Meanwhile, personnel (PHQ, PMFC) of the Mountain Province Police Provincial Office under the leadership of their Provincial Director, PCol. Clarence C. Casilio, sang the Philippine National Police’s (PNP’s) Ating Siyasatin Inihahalal Natin-Itaguyod Natin Ligal at Wasto (ASIN-ILAW) jingle during the same program as a manifestation of the PNP’s steadfast pursuit for peace and unity at all times especially with the forthcoming midterm elections on May 13, 2019.
Last Monday’s FRC was hosted by the Hall of Justice – Mountain Province, Civil Service Commission Mountain Province -Lagawe Field Office and by the Department of Trade and Industry – Mountain Province at Provincial Plaza, Poblacion, Bontoc.//MP-PIO