Republic Act No. 6713 : Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees
Policy of the State – promote a high standard ethics in public service.
1. Government – refers to the National and local governments. Branches of the Republic of the Philippines including companies and subsidiaries controlled by the government.
2. Public Officials – includes appointed, elective, permanent or temporary officials or employee who receive monthly compensation regardless of amount.
3. Receiving Gift – accepting gift in anticipation of a favor in exchange.
4. Divestment – transfer of title or disposal of interest in property by voluntarily.
5. Public Officials and Employee – shall be accountable to the people all the time. Must do their duties with utmost responsibility, integrity, competence and loyalty. Should act with patriotism and justice, lead modest lives and uphold public interest over personal interest.
Norms of Conduct of Public Officials and Employee
1. Commitment to public interest – “public interest first”
2. Professionalism – doing work with highest degree of excellence
3. Justness and sincerity – being true to the people at all time
4. Political neutrality – doing job with fairness to everyone
5. Responsiveness to the public – being open to the public by providing them information that they want and enabling the public to participate in the decision making by public hearings and consultation
6. Nationalism and patriotism – being loyal to the Republic of the Philippines. Promoting Philippines in all aspect.
7. Commitment to democracy
8. Simple living – mode of living must be proportional to the income and position of a public official and employees
Duties of Public Officials and Employees
1. Act promptly on letters and request – within 15 working days from receiving a response to a letter must be done
2. Submit annual performance reports – 45 working days after new year, every government office / companies must submit their performance report
3. Process documents and papers expeditiously
4. Act immediately on the public’s personal transactions – public official and employees must attend to anyone who wants to avail his services
5. Make documents accessible to the public – all public documents must be made accessible to public.
Committee on Awards to Outstanding Public Officials and Employees
1. Composes by Ombudsman and Chairman of the Civil Service Commission as Co-Chairman and the Chairman of Commission on Audit and two government employee to be appointed by the President.
2. It is their task to identify those public officials and employee who have done good in service with the following criteria, to wit;
- Years of service and the quality
- Consistency of performance
- Obscurity of position
- Level of salary
- Unique and exemplary of a certain achievement
- Risk temptation inherit in the work
Consequence when chosen as Outstanding Public Officials and Employees
1. Promotion to the next high rank
2. Increase of salary grade
Prohibited actions and transactions
1. Financial and material interest
2. Outside employment and other activities related thereto
3. Misuse of confidential information
4. Solicitation or acceptance of gift
Statement of Assets and Liabilities and Financial Disclosure – a form to be submitted by public official or employee stating their properties, assets, income, business of their wife/husband and their children under 18 years old. To be submitted within 20 days after assumption office or on or before April 30, annually.