President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday urged newly-appointed government officials to be vigilant in the fight against graft and corruption and to lead by example when doing their job.
The President made the call as he led the oathtaking of some 193 new government officials at the Rizal Hall, Malacañan Palace.
Present during the oathtaking were Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go.
In a speech delivered at the oathtaking ceremony, the President reminded the newly-appointed government officials that as public servants, they are expected to help the administration in the fight against graft and corruption.
At the same time, the Chief Executive expressed optimism the new public officials will advance the development agenda of the administration in their respective offices.
He reminded the new government officials of their noble obligation to serve the country with integrity, impartiality and independence.
“I congratulate and thank our newly appointed officials for taking on the most important challenge in the name of public service. I am confident that all of you will advance this administration’s development agenda in your respective offices. This is all for the people,” the President said.
“As government workers, we are duty-bound to uphold the Constitution, aid in the administration of justice, serve selflessly and promote transparency and good governance,” he added.
The President said as public servants, he expects the new government officials to lead by example and inspire their fellow civil servants to be “strong willed, dedicated, able, fearless and honest in dealing with our people.”
The President Duterte called on the newly sworn-in officials to be vigilant against corruption and other unethical motives and interests that diminish public trust.
“As you take your oath of office, may all of you be reminded of our noble obligation to serve our country with integrity, impartiality and independence,” he said.
“As government workers, we are duty bound to uphold the Constitution, aid in the administration of justice, serve selflessly and promote transparency and good governance. I am optimistic that you will lead by example and inspire your fellow civil servants to be strong willed, dedicated, able, fearless and honest in dealing with our people. Be vigilant against corruption and other unethical motives and interests that diminish public (trust),” he added.
The President said he hasn’t wavered in combating corruption in government and remains serious in firing officials who committed abuses and wrongdoings.
He reminded the newly-appointed government officials that he has fired maybe five Cabinet members before, many of whom were already with him when he first ran for mayor in Davao City in 1988.
The President urged the new public servants to use state resources wisely and reiterated that the welfare of Filipinos and the improvement of their lives are of utmost importance in his administration, an administration that even now faces such challenges such as eruption of Taal Volcano that compel government to realign its resources.
But “with you by my side, I am confident that we can sustain the gains of the ‘Malasakit at Tunay na Pagbabago,’” he said of the twin goals of caring and change that has marked his administration.
Check on local hospitals
The President raised the need to improve the country’s healthcare infrastructure and services.
He challenge to the new public officials to check the condition of local hospitals.
“Try to visit those hospitals reported to have the (novel coronavirus) contagion,” the President said.