BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 18 (PIA) -- In line with the nationwide campaign of President Benigno S. Aquino III for good governance and fight against graft practices among public servants, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Agusan del Norte recently conducted a two-day Public Accountability and Values Enhancement Seminar (PAVES) held in one of the convention centers here.
The activity was aimed to identify the goals of public accountability and to challenge every participant to understand the doctrine of professional conduct and ethical standards of every government official and employee. The activity also recognized and discussed the importance of Filipino values to remind the participants regarding respect for authority, love of Almighty God, selfless love, stewardship, wisdom of truthfulness and sanctity of marriage.
Topics discussed are the laws on Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices, Anti-Red Tape Act, Anti-Sexual Harassment, and the Revised Schedule of Penalties for Administrative Offenses Committed by Government Employees.
During the activity, the participants were challenged to live exemplary lives and be a partner in the campaign to fight the temptation of graft.
In his message, Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II Andre B. Atega said that the seminar is a two-day break from expediency and opportunism or the usual style in performing public service. "This seminar will bring closer to our true worth as public servant," he said.