At Mandaue City Hall: 2 workers caught playing online game terminated

Garry B. Lao (The Freeman) - July 7, 2016 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines - Two job order employees at the Mandaue City planning office were terminated after they were caught playing video games while at work.

A picture of the two employees playing an online game inside their office has gone viral on social media. 

Mandaue City Mayor Gabriel Luigi Quisumbing said the picture was forwarded to him by a concerned citizen. The mayor did not think twice in ordering for the termination of the two employees.

A number of employees at the City Hall are on a job order status, which means they can be terminated anytime. Job order workers refer to those individuals or groups paid under a lump sum appropriation for a short duration having no employer-employee relation with the government or company.

In his Facebook account, Quisumbing posted the picture of the two employees playing a popular online game- DOTA. 

"This is a picture of City Hall employees inside the Planning Office and why they just lost their jobs," Quisumbing explained in his post.

The mayor is reminding City Hall employees to continue serving the public even at lunch time considering the "No noon break policy."

Meanwhile, Quisumbing will be asking the Mandaue City Council to create a committee that will streamline offices to eliminate redundancy of functions.

According to Quisumbing, the reorganization will strengthen the City Hall to work as a more cohesive team.

"Each office in the City Government plays a significant role in fulfilling the duties to have the desired outcome of our city. The roles in all the offices must be clear so that they can focus on one goal, be more efficient and effective," Quisumbing said.

Quisumbing also plans to modernize and automate transactions, which he sees that it will be effective and efficient steps.

"We will also be strengthening our IT Services in the city. We will continue to provide information services to our constituency especially providing up to date information on weather and traffic situations as well as notices and announce-ments from the City Hall," the mayor said. (FREEMAN)

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