FOR ART’S SAKE
By RAUL G. MOLDEZ
THE Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees also outlines the answers to stop graft and corrupt practices of government officials and employees. Specifically, the law directs them to observe the following as standard of their personal conduct in the discharge and execution of their official duties and functions:  Commitment to public interest,  Professionalism,  Justness and sincerity,  Political neutrality,  Responsiveness to the public,  nationalism and patriotism,  Commitment to democracy, and  Simple living.
The law explicitly and succinctly explains each of them. Here:
Commitment to public interest. Public officials and employees shall always uphold the public interest over and above the personal interest. They must employ and use efficiently, effectively, honestly and economically the government resources and powers of their respective offices to avoid wastages in public funds and revenues.
Professionalism. Public officials and employees shall perform and discharge their duties with the highest degree of excellence, professionalism, intelligence and skill.
Justness and sincerity. Public officials and employees shall remain true to the people at all times, act with justness and sincerity and shall not discriminate against anyone, especially the poor and the underprivileged. They shall not dispense or extend undue favors on account of their office to their relatives.
Political neutrality. Public officials and employees shall provide services to everyone without unfair discrimination and regardless of party affiliation or preference.
Responsiveness to the public. Public officials and employees shall extend prompt, courteous, and adequate service to the public.
Nationalism and patriotism. Public officials and employees shall at all times be loyal to the Republic of the Philippines and to the Filipino people, promote the use of locally-produced goods, resources and technology and encourage appreciation and pride of country and people.
Commitment to democracy. Public officials and employees shall commit themselves to the democratic way of life and values, maintain the principle of public accountability and manifest by deed the supremacy of civilian authority over the military.
Simple living. Public officials and employees and their families shall lead a modest lives appropriate to their positions and income. They shall not indulge in extravagant or ostentatious display of wealth in any form.
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