Memorandum Circular No. 6, s. 2016

Office of the President
of the Philippines
Malacañang

 

MEMORANDUM CIRCULAR NO. 6

ENJOINING ALL GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND EMPLOYEES TO STRICTLY OBSERVE AND COMPLY WITH THE PROHIBITION AGAINST GOING TO GAMBLING CASINOS

 

WHEREAS,  Section 2 of Republic Act  No. 6713, otherwise known as the “Code  of  Conduct  and  Ethical  Standards  for  Public  Officials  and  Employees,” provides that it is the policy of the State to promote a high standard of ethics in public service  and that government  personnel  shall discharge  their  duties with  utmost responsibility, integrity, competence, and loyalty, act with patriotism and justice, lead modest lives, and uphold public interest over personal interest;

            WHEREAS, pursuant to Presidential Decree (PD) No.  1067-B (s. 1977), as amended by PD No. 1869 (s. 1983), the following are not allowed to play in gambling casinos:

a. Government officials   connected   directly   with   the   operation   of   the

Government or any of its agencies;

b. Members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), including the

Army, Navy and Air Force; and

c. Persons under 21 years of age or students of any school, college or university in the Philippines.

            WHEREAS, Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 20. (s. 1986) and MC No. 8 (s.2001), reiterated the prohibition on the aforementioned government personnel to enter, stay and/or play at gambling casinos;

            WHEREAS, Section 46 (b), Chapter 7, Subtitle A, Title I, Book V of EO No.292 considers gambling prohibited by law and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service as grounds for disciplinary actions;

            WHEREAS, it has been reported that many government officials and employees, and even members of the AFP and PNP, have been seen in casinos;

            NOW THEREFORE, in order to ensure the observance of the highest ethical standards among public officials and employees, the following are hereby ordered:

  1. All government officials and employees shall strictly observe and comply with all pertinent laws, issuances and policies prohibiting government personnel to enter, stay, or play in gambling casinos.
  2. All  heads  of  departments,    bureaus   and  offices,   government-owned    or  – controlled   corporations   and  local  governments,   including  those  of the  AFP  and  the Philippine National  Police,  shall  remind  and  reiterate  to the  officials  and  employees under   them   the   above-stated laws,   issuances and policies, and   impose   the appropriate   sanctions  and penalties  in case of violation  thereof.

In view  of  its negative  effect  on the  public  perception   of government   service as a whole,  the  mere  entry  or presence  of government   officials  and  employees   in a gambling  casino  shall be considered   as conduct  prejudicial  to the best interest  of the service,  unless the same was in the performance  of official  duties  and functions.

  1. The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation Management shall ensure strict observance of this Circular by all government officials and employees.

This Circular shall take effect immediately.

DONE, in the City of Manila, this 20th day of September Our Lord, Two Thousand and Sixteen.

 

By authority of the President:

(Sgd). SALVADOR C. MEDIALDEA
Executive Secretary