Guv to issue guidelines on flag ceremony attendance

ILOILO provincial government employees will soon learn who are exempt from the flag-raising ceremony at the capitol grounds every Monday.

Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. announced on Monday that he would come up with an executive order that will identify those who are obliged and who are exempted from attending the ceremony.

The order will also prescribe sanctions on habitual absentees.

Defensor said several employees, particularly hospital and utility workers, could not be forced to attend the ceremony.

“We must have a monthly publication posting of those who did not attend unless you are on official business, you are sick, on leave, then you should not be included on the list,” he added.

Defensor reiterated the importance of attending the flag-raising ceremony.

“It reminds you how important your job is. It reminds you of your relation and relevance to the government as a public servant and it reminds you of your duties and responsibilities as government officials and government employees,” he pointed out.

Last week, the governor warned the more or less 2,000 employees of the provincial government to avoid being absent from Monday’s flag-raising ceremony, saying that the names of habitual absentees will be posted on a bulletin board.

Defensor issued the warning after he noticed that a number of employees are consistently absent during the flag ceremony.

Last year, Defensor signed a memorandum directing all department heads and employees to attend the flag-raising ceremony in compliance with Republic Act No. 8491 or the “Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines, and with Civil Service Commission Memorandum Circular No. 19, series of 2012. (PNA)


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