BUTUAN CITY – In line with his directive to city hall employees to lead by example, Mayor Ronnie Vicente C. Lagnada has issued Executive Order No. 016 strictly prohibiting all local government officials and employees from engaging in all forms of illegal gambling.
The city chief executive stressed in his order that his administration condemns the existence of illegal gambling activities such as illegal numbers games as they have become a negative influence on the individual’s regard for the value of dignified work, perseverance and thrift since instant monetary gain from gambling are equated to success, thereby becoming a source of corruption and a social menace.
Lagnada noted that engaging in illegal gambling such as card and number games and other gambling activities, electronic or otherwise, have proven to be detrimental to productivity, moral and ethical conduct that hamper the delivery of public services.
Any official or employee found guilty of violating EO 016 shall face disciplinary action in any of the following circumstances:
a) Permanent officials and employees covered by Civil Service rules shall be punished by a reprimand for the first offense, suspension of up to thirty (30) days for the second offense, and dismissal for the third offense,;
b) Non-permanent employees whose employment is either on job order or service contract status will be terminated at the first offense;.
Among the prohibited acts unde EO 016 include:
a) Engaging or participating in all forms of illegal gambling, card or number games and other similar activities, electronic or otherwise, within and outside the workplace and whether or not in the performance of official duties;
b) Possessing illegal gambling paraphernalia, materials, and prizes;
c) Promoting and betting in illegal gambling activities, and concealing, aiding or abetting officials or employees therein; and
d) Doing any other acts tantamount to those above-Mentioned.