Attend to duty or face
disciplinary actions, Robredo warns local government officials
By MYLES JOSEPH E. COLASITO
March 8, 2011
TACLOBAN CITY – In
his strongest words to date on erring public officials, Interior and
Local Government Secretary Jesse M. Robredo on Monday cautioned local
government officials on absenteeism and dereliction of duty.
“A local government
official could be suspended or removed from office for dishonesty,
oppression, misconduct in office, gross negligence or dereliction of
duty, or unauthorized absence for 15 consecutive working days,” he
said, reiterating Section 60 of the Local Government Code.
Robredo gave the stern
waning in the wake of reports of “chronic absenteeism and negligence
of local government officials to the prejudice of public service.”
“Some local government
officials are either frequently absent or holding office elsewhere,
other than their official places of assignment,” he said.
The warning was
directed to all governors, mayors, vice governors, vice mayors, local
legislators, and barangay officials nationwide.
“In the case of
sanggunian members, disorderly behavior and absences for four
consecutive sessions without justifiable cause, subject sanggunian
member may be censured, reprimanded, excluded from the session, or
suspended for not more than 60 days, or expelled,” explained Robredo.
investigation of a complaint on absenteeism, negligence or dereliction
of duty, preventive suspension may be imposed by the following
officials: the President, if the respondent is an elective official of
a province, a highly urbanized or an independent component city; the
governor, if the respondent is an elective official of a component
city or municipality; or the mayor, if the respondent is an elective
official of the barangay.”
The DILG secretary
enjoined all local government officials to hold office at the
established seat of government – the provincial capitol, city hall or
He said local
government officials should render full time service and devote time
and attention to the performance of their official duties and should
refrain from practicing professions, or engaging in any occupation
other than the exercise of their functions.
“They should advance
the primacy of public interest.” (DILG
Office of Public Affairs)