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Stricter rules issued for use of gov’t vehicles

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By Joel Guinto
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 13:54:00 09/25/2008

MANILA, Philippines — As part of continuing efforts to eradicate corruption and amid high oil prices, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has issued Administrative Order (AO) 239 imposing strict restrictions on the use of government vehicles.

“All government agencies and offices are prohibited from using government vehicles for purposes other than official business,” said the AO, dated September 15 but released by Malacañang only this week.

The order calls for “strict compliance” from all employees and officials of government offices and government-owned or controlled corporations, warning violators they will be “dealt with in accordance with existing laws, rules, and regulations.”

Under the AO, trip tickets should be displayed on the windshields of government vehicles on official business and proper authorization should be secured when the vehicles are used outside regular work hours and on Sundays and legal holidays.

Government vehicles cannot be used for “private social functions,” neither can they be used by relatives of government officials and employees “even if they are in the company of the said officials.”

Duty guards will keep the keys of government vehicles during weekends and holidays, the AO said.

“If the vehicles are spotted elsewhere during said days, the guard shall be held liable, along with those caught using the vehicle in accordance with the service contract entered into by the government and security agency concerned,” it said.

The public is urged to report the type and license plates of government vehicles found violating the AO to the following numbers: 09198984621, 09198984622, 09198984623, 09178398462, 09178982462, 09178985462.

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Written by joelguinto

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