Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson has issued a memorandum cancelling the authority granted provincial government officials and employees to engage in the private practice of their professions pending clarifications.
In a memorandum issued Monday, Lacson said “Effective immediately, officials/employees with Private Practice of their Profession are hereby directed to cancel the authority to practice their profession and subject for approval of the undersigned as per Republic Act. No. 6713 (Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards of Public Officials and Employees).”
The governor directed department and office heads to implement the policy from their end and make recommendations provided such practice is not in conflict with the concerned officials and employees’ official functions.
Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz yesterday said the memorandum covers engineers, doctors and lawyers who are the ones who ask for authority to private practice.
As long as the Capitol employees and officials who privately practice their profession can justify that it does not hamper public service, and they can give quality work to the government, there will be no problem, they will be granted the authority to practice, he said.
If they teach, this will be allowed as long as it is outside of office hours, he added.
Clarifications are being sought because we have a new governor, and their authorization to private practice no longer exists, he said.
They just have to renew their requests, and if they do not do so there is nothing we can do about it because there are limitations under civil service rules, Diaz added.*
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