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Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto on Monday, Sept. 12, reminded local government officials and employees to refrain from committing graft and corruption after he disclosed that a city employee is facing arrest for unjust practices, according to a report by GMA News.

Sotto made the announcement during Monday’s flag-raising ceremony wherein he commended all employees and departments of the city hall for their praiseworthy quality of public service and initiatives, most especially the City Planning and Development Office (CPDO).

“Sa CPDO naman, siguro masasabi natin na itong opisina natin ang most improved nitong nakaraang 12 months (We can say that the CPDO is the most improved department of the city hall in the past 12 months),” Sotto said.

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“Napakaimportante ng planning dahil marami sa mga problema natin ang dahil sa poor planning. Traffic, poor mobility, mga halimbawa lang yan sa mga problema na nanggagaling o nagmumula sa poor urban planning noong nakaraan (Planning is really important because most of our problems stem from poor planning such as traffic and poor mobility which are caused by poor urban planning),” he added.

The mayor reminded all city government employees to avoid committing corruption and under-the-table transactions for their own benefit after one of the employees of the CPDO was charged with administrative case due to illegal practices.

“Hindi naman po masamang magpaalala na hindi naman ako nagkulang sa paalala at warning sa ating lahat dahil mukhang may kasama ho tayo sa CPDO na nakasuhan na ng admin case, at maaring makulong sa hinaharap (I believe I did not fall short in reminding and warning everyone not to be corrupt despite having one CPDO employee charged with administrative case and may be arrested soon),” Sotto said.

“Alam nyo naman ang trabaho natin lapitin sa tukso, pero kaya natin yan. Hindi tayo titigil. Nakakapagod man, minsan yung iba paulit ulit at nakakasawa din, pero okay lang po. Hindi tayo titigil dahil ang misyon natin dito ay gagawin nating hindi normal yung mga bagay na hindi normal na kalakaran (We all know that temptations abound in our job but I believe we can be strong enough to resist them. Even if fighting corruption is very tiring and can even make us want to give up, we will not stop because our mission is to make illegal practices not part of the norm),” the mayor stressed.

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In July, two city government employees were arrested by the Philippine National Police (PNP) after receiving bribes in exchange for the issuance of a permit.

Sotto reported that the two suspects were nabbed by the police in an entrapment operation after being caught in the act of taking a P600,000 bribe.

“Para daw ito sa “tulong” para lumabas ang isang permit na dati nang sinabi sa business owner na ok na (The bribe is said to be payment for “help” in the release of a permit for a business owner that has been long approved by the city government),” Sotto said.

“In the last three years, we have started to de-normalize corruption and institutionalize good governance in our local government. A tiring and mostly thankless job, but we guarantee that in the next three years, we will push even harder and do even better,” the mayor added.

On June 20, the local chief reminded his employees to continue practicing honesty in their jobs and to serve the public with respect and truthfulness.

Sotto also announced the social services the city government will launch during his second term as city mayor.

“Simpleng paalala lang po ulit na maglingkod tayo ng tapat at mahusay lalo na ginagawa nyo din naman. Siguro sa loob ng tatlong taon, marami tayong pinakilalang mga pagbabago sa pamahalaan pati na rin sa ating CSWD (City Social Welfare Department) (Just a simple reminder for everyone to continue serving the public with honesty and excellence. I believe that in the three years we’ve been together, we have already made a number of needed changes in the government and in the CSWD),” Sotto said.

“Yung iba nakita agad kung bakit natin kailangan ang mga pagbabagong ito, mga pagbabagong ginawa natin, yung iba siguro medyo may resistance ng konti pero naintindihan ko naman po, normal yan lalo na pag bago yung mga ginagawa natin (Others immediately saw why we needed to implement these changes. While there were those who showed resistance, I understand them, especially since we are implementing drastic changes),” he added.

The mayor explained that everything that his administration is doing is for the benefit of Pasigueños who all deserve good and honest service from the city government.

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