The Civil Service Commission-Cordillera Administrative Region is reminding once again all civil servants to be mindful of their conduct and to keep the basics of discipline, practice self-control, discern what is right from wrong, observe desirable personal and social behaviors, and avoid misbehaving.
Administrative discipline finds its birth in the Philippine Constitution which states, “Public office is a public trust. Public officers and employees must at all times be accountable to the people, serve them with utmost responsibility, integrity, loyalty, and efficiency, act with patriotism and justice, and lead modest lives.”
Primary among the Commission’s tasks is to hear and promulgate decisions on administrative cases instituted by or brought before it directly on or appeal, including contested appointments, as well as to review decisions and actions of its offices and of the agencies attached to it.
From January 1, 2017 to June 30, 2017 (1st semester), there were three (3) public officials in the Cordillera Administrative Region who were dismissed from the service with the accessory penalties of cancellation of eligibility, forfeiture of retirement benefits, perpetual disqualification from holding public office and bar from taking civil service examinations for committing the offenses of grave misconduct, falsification of official document, and serious dishonesty. In the same period, three (3) government personnel were suspended from the government service, two (2) of whom were found guilty of gross neglect of duty and were meted out the penalty of suspension of one (1) month and the other for one (1) year and one (1) day, while another government employee was found guilty of immorality and suspended for nine (9) months.
With this, discipline at work means we should continue exercising the values we have learned. This should be especially observed in public office, where behavior should be at its best.