BAGUIO CITY, Oct. 25 (PIA) -- Ensuring government integrity and good governance through a clean and healthy workforce and workplace.
This is the aim of the Civil Service Commission as it partnered with the Department of Health in conducting a seminar that reiterated CSC’s healthy lifestyle and workplace – related guidelines and memorandum circulars.
Dubbed as “One Bureaucracy for Health and Integrity: A Seminar for a Healthy Workplace”, this was held at Prince Plaza Hotel last October 19 and was attended by around 300 participants from regional line agencies and local government units in the region.
Topics for the seminar included Republic Act 10767 or the Comprehensive Tuberculosis Elimination Plan Act discussed by Clint Ildefonso of DOH; Smoke – free policies of the government and President Rodrigo Duterte’s Executive Order No. 26 that aims to ensure smoke – free environment on public and enclosed places and policy guidelines on the consumption of alcoholic beverages among government officials and employees by CSC lawyer Emily Balungay. Patrick Pineda of DOH talked about the Red Orchid Award for smoking–free government agencies and institutions.
Dr. Donnabel Tubera of the City Health Services Office gave a lecture on the impact of tobacco on health, economy, society and environment, as well as briefer on Baguio’s Comprehensive Anti–smoking ordinance while CSC Legal Counsel Atty. Elenita Ugay talked about the recently released guidelines for the mandatory random drug testing for public officials and employees.
DOH–CAR Regional Director Dr. Lakshmi Legaspi stressed the importance of a continuing partnership and stronger commitment among public officials and employees in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, both at home and the workplace.
The positive impact of having a healthy lifestyle will not only be felt by an individual - physically, socially and spiritually, but also its socio–economic aspect as well, she added.
For CSC’s part, Assistant Regional Director Cornelia Rillera said this activity was initiated particularly for the attainment of 100 percent smoke–free bureaucracy as she encouraged all government officials and employees to participate in the government’s advocacy for a healthy lifestyle and workplace.
“We, in government should set an example and become models for the society, she added. Carlito C. Dar (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)