BACOLOD City – Gov. Eugenio Lacson of Negros Occidental has reminded employees of the provincial government not to use their cellphones while tending to clients.
“It is basic ethics for government employees, especially those in front line not to use their phones while talking to clients,” Lacson said.
This after the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) issued an order for all government employees not to use their mobile phone while on duty.
Lacson pointed out that if it would be based on good manners and right conduct, using gadgets while talking with another person is wrong.
He 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 Sept. 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./PN