DILG wants probe on gov't workers joining investment schemes

DAVAO CITY (PIA) - The head of the Department of Interior and Local Government in Davao Region (DILG-11) is urging the Civil Service Commission to look into the involvement of government employees in investment frauds.

In an interview with the AFP-PNP Press Corps, DILG-11 Director Alex Roldan said these investments schemes would hardly thrive without people who can afford to invest and have many sources of funds like those working with government.

Roldan said government personnel have the immediate cash in hand because they can immediately apply for loan in the pension fund for civil servants and the military. 

He said being gullible and having involved in investment scams are violations of the code of conduct of government workers who swear to uphold the law at all times.

“They usually recite and swear this code during flag ceremonies,” Roldan said.

He was referring to the “Panunumpa ng Lingkod Bayan" during the flag ceremony on Monday mornings.

Roldan said that being a regional director, he is not limited to just merely managing people and resources but also serves as vanguard of government.

He lamented the social media posts and comments made by government employees who lambasted the government for its decision to stop the scams.

“It is like biting the hand that feeds you,” Roldan said.

He said one just earns by robbing the person next to you on the pyramid, and the downline then suddenly hates the government.

Roldan urged the Civil Service Commission to look into this problem since the Oath of Office of government employees is binding to the government.

He urged government workers who criticize the campaign to get out of government service.

Roldan said that while they are still in government, they must not hit it since it is like intimidating the government.

“I hope the CSC will look into this,” he stressed. 

Noting that investment scams had been a problem in the past,  Roldan deplored the local government units that allowed the scams to last for years.

Roldan said local government could immediately stop its operation if it noticed that the company is operating beyond the terms and conditions of its business license.

“This problem will not grow big without the involvement of people in government,” he concluded. (PIA XI)


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