By National Maritime Polytechnic
October 31, 2018
TACLOBAN CITY – The National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP) through its Administrative, Financial and Management Division (AFMD) conducted a Lecture-Reorientation on Republic Act No. 3019, known as Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and Republic Act No. 6713, known as “Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees” on 02 October 2018 at Room 109, NMP Training Building, Cabalawan, Tacloban City.
The activity was undertaken as part of the Agency’s anti-corruption initiatives with the aim of providing an avenue for NMP employees to internalize and enhance their understanding of their respective roles as civil servants and their accountabilities to the public.
Thirty-nine (39) NMP employees participated the lecture conducted by Atty. Janice G. Gabrito-Agullo, Graft Investigation and Prosecution Officer II of the Office of Ombudsman for Visayas Regional Office No. VIII.
In his welcome message, NMP Executive Director Romulo V. Bernardes emphasized that the lecture will provide the NMP personnel with the opportunity to revisit the concepts and principles of integrity, transparency and accountability as public servants and promote practices towards living a modest life.
Discussions focused on salient points of R.A 3019 and R.A. 6713. Public officers and employees must at all times be: (1) A-ccountable to the people, (2) S-erve them with utmost responsibility, integrity, loyalty and efficiency, (3) A-ct with patriotism and justice; and (4) L-ead modest lives, said Atty. Agullo.
She further explained that every public official and employee shall observe the standards of personal conduct in the discharge and execution of official duties as provided under Section 4, RA 6713 such as Commitment to Public Interest, Professionalism, Justness and Sincerity, Political Neutrality, Responsiveness to the Public, Nationalism and Patriotism, Commitment to Democracy, Simple Living.
Guidelines in the proper filling out of the Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) Form was also tackled. The filing period could either be within (a) 30 days after assumption of office, (b) on or before April 30 of every year or (c) within 30 days after separation from the service. As a tool for learning, case digests of various situational cases were presented for discussion and provision of possible solutions and recommendations.
Laws regulating the act or practice of soliciting or receiving, directly or indirectly any gifts were also highlighted during the lecture, making it punishable for public officials and employees to receive or solicit, and for private persons to give gifts on any occasion, including Christmas.
ED Bernardes expressed confidence that through there orientation, NMP employees will be more cognizant of their duties and responsibilities as public servants, to build public integrity and give public service excellent governance.
Meanwhile, NMP continues to upgrade its facilities and provide maritime trainings required pursuant to the STCW Convention as amended in 2010 including value-adding courses towards improving the qualifications of Filipino seafarers for their employment acceptability and enhanced competitiveness. It also regularly conducts maritime studies to come up with policies for the improvement of the manpower sector of the industry.
Those interested in NMP research undertakings may visit the NMP website (www.nmp.gov.ph) and access the e-Research Information System Portal which is designed to gather inputs for NMP’s research, dissemination of NMP completed researches and other articles pertaining to maritime research.
For more information about NMP trainings viewers may visit the agency’s facebook page (www.facebook.com/nmptrainingcenter) where all related information on NMP trainings are available.
Further, NMP encourages seafarers to avail of the NMP-OWWA (Overseas Workers Welfare Administration) Seafarers’ Upgrading Program (SUP) which entitles the beneficiary to receive financial assistance for training costs from the OWWA.