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Monday, November 7, 2016

Sec. Tugade to DOTr Officials and Employees: Do Not Accept Gifts!


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Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade, once again, reiterated to all officials and employees of the department to not accept gifts of any kind from any other individual or organization such as vendors, suppliers, customers, employees, potential employees, and potential vendors or suppliers, to avoid conflict of interest, and to uphold the department’s high standard of ethics in public service.

“Bawal mag-solicit o tumanggap ng regalo. Kusa niyong layuan ang lahat ng klaseng regalo kahit pa ito ay kusang ibinigay sa inyo (ngayong Pasko),” Tugade said at the department’s flag raising ceremony on Monday, November 7.

He further warned that he will be “unforgiving” to all officials or employees who will receive or solicit gifts. This is one way to demonstrate the department’s commitment to treating all people and organizations, with whom it come into contact or conduct business with, impartially.

“I have a way of knowing it. Bawal tumanggap ng regalo sa opisina, sa parking lot, o sa bahay ninyo (mula sa mga government contractors),” the secretary further said.

In line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-corruption directive among government offices, this policy is also in conformity with the following laws enacted to guide the conduct of public officials and employees: Republic Act (RA) No. 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act), Presidential Decree (PD) No. 46, s. 1972 (Making it Punishable to Receive, and for Private Persons to Give Gifts on Any Occasion, Including Christmas), and RA No. 6713 (Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees).

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