Complaints versus public officials
To any of three mandated bodies
COMPLAINTS against the conduct of public officials, be they elected or appointed can be filed anytime through any of the three bodies: the Civil Service Commission (CSC), the Office of the Ombudsman or of the agency upon which the public official complained is a part.
CSC 7 regional Director Atty Judith Chicano disclosed this during her inputs to the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Regional Strategic Planning and Teambuilding Workshop at Richmond Plaza Hotel in Cebu September 3.
With the planning activity coinciding with the CSC Month, PIA included in the CSC input to refresh government information disseminators of the existing laws that govern the people in public service.
Citing Republic Act 6713, or popularly known as the Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees, Dir. Chicano also stressed that that code of conduct applies both to the elected and the appointed public officials and employees.
In brief, she bared that the concerned law is about the eight norms of conduct that every public servant swears to and that binds them to the law.
The norms, she said are basically about one's "commitment to public interest" over personal interest and this puts the official in the mode to keeping government resources and powers efficiently, effectively, economically and honestly to avoid wastage of public funds and revenues.
She also said public officials and employees are sworn to "professionalism" that mandates them to discharge their specific duties with the highest degree of excellence and intelligence.
In fact, she also added that even elected officials are sworn to "justness and sincerity" where being true to the people at all times is a held dictum. This, she intoned, pushes elected officials not to discriminate the poor and under-privileged, respect others at all times and not give undue favor to relatives.
After elections, a winning official becomes a public servant and this he does with outmost political neutrality and without discrimination regardless of party affiliation.
Moreover, she reiterated that the public servant is "responsive to the public" in exerting prompt, courteous and adequate service as they are all mandated to provide information on their policies and procedures in clear and understandable language in consonance with the anti-graft and corrupt practices law.
Apart from that, they are to show and be models of nationalism, patriotism, commit to democracy and lead simple lives appropriate to the position and income.
This means, government officials and employees indulging in extravagant or ostentations display of wealth in any form can be a ground for investigations.
Over all these, Dir Chicano said any perceived violations of the norms can already be a course [for complaint] and the three bodies mandated to respond to the suit can take care of your complaint. (rac/PIABohol)
DOE urges ener-con measures
to help trim energy demands
WITH the power demands for residences surging and sapping close to a third of the region's energy supply, the Department of Energy (DOE) says a simple energy conservation (ener-con) consciousness from consumers can mean so much.
Speaking to the Philippine Information Agency during its regional strategic planning and teambuilding workshop September 2-3, energy director Antonio Labios pointed out what a simple act of turning off excess light in the homes could go a long way to help lower energy demands in the region.
Showing his claim through power-point, Dir. Labios bared that transport still demands the most fuel for energy in the region at 35%, followed by residential areas with 28.5%.
This was also followed closely by the industries at 25.4, data in his presentation bared.
But with every consumer's help, the DOE hopes to create a gigantic wave that would ultimately affect the demand by residences and thus convert more resources into buying power for families.
Sharing the national government's energy efficiency and conservation program, Labios disclosed that the ultimate plan is to increase the country's energy self sufficiency to 60% by 2010.
This, he explained, would ultimately shield the country from the price volatility of imported energy fuel source and thus use up its savings for other priority programs.
Asked how the country plans to do this, he said the government works to increase the energy reserves by discovering more indigenous oil and gas sources while aggressively pursuing renewable energy and biomass development programs.
Moreover, he also explained that the use of alternative fuel can dent so much on the energy self-sufficiency goal.
At the same time, the government is forming strategic alliances with oil-producing or technology developing countries for possible deals.
He however stressed that the best thing that the country can adopt is strengthening and enhancing energy efficiency and conservation programs, where most people can help.
It may be recalled that the cash-trapped government is now slowly adopting energy sufficiency measures using its scant resources.
Aside from developing clean energy sources in hydro, solar and wind power, it is slowly looking for other alternative fuel aside from imported and price volatile fuel and coal.
At the ever-rising demand for energy to power businesses and homes, the DOE said the people can help much. (rachiu/PIABOhol)
San Miguel development spine
Crafted during ELA workshop
SAN MIGUEL town's Comprehensive Development Plan took its definitive shape after a four day Executive Legislative Agenda seminar at the Jjs Seafoods Village August 17-20.
According to San Miguel Information Officer Menandro Pesquera, Mayor Claudio Bonior and Vice Mayor Jonathan Reyes led the town representatives in planning for their sector developments that would determine the town directions until 2016.
Major sectoral groupings considered for the draft plans for the town include Administration, Social, Economic, Environment and infrastructure, he said.
To tailor-fit their plans to the general direction of the town, Pesquera said Mayor Bonior also urged the participants to revisit the town vision, mission and goals.
It may be recalled that the town, in previous years, has crafted their development framework.
From here, Local Development and Infrastructure Plan was molded and to bridge the past and their present plans, San Miguel also identified projects, which were successfully implemented, ongoing and unimplemented and reflected all these according to the town's priority programs, projects and activities. (PIABohol)
12 more Bohol towns to get
Govt conditional cash grants
TWELVE more towns in Bohol get to the list of the government's social subsidy program, reports from the regional office of the social welfare bare.
Residents from Alicia, Bien Unido, Buenavista, Carmen, Carlos P.Garcia, Dagohy, Getafe, Inabanga, Mabini, Pilar, Trinidad and Ubay join Danao, in the government's list of soon to be beneficiaries for the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).
According to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Region 7, an estimated 8,600 beneficiaries from these areas are up for re-validation to officially enroll them in the program on the onset of September 2010.
As this, the DSWD has asked local chief executives from these towns to assist them in reaching out identified households for registration.
Failure to do so would mean a forfeit of the opportunity since the government has put up a no-replacement and no add-on to the program per design, said the government social welfare agency.
A poverty reduction and social development program of the Philippine Government, the 4Ps aim to end the inter-generation cycle of poverty among poor households by investing on human capital through education and health.
It provides conditional cash grants to poor household with children 0-14 year old. (PIABohol)