Manila bans Facebook during work

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 03 2011 12:54 AM | Updated as of Jun 03 2011 08:54 AM

MANILA, Philippines – City Hall employees around Metro Manila are no longer allowed to access their Facebook accounts and play computer games during office hours.

Manila bans Facebook during work 1At the Manila City Hall, only department heads, elected officials, personnel from the public information unit and electronic data processing unit have free access to the Internet.

Officials said the restriction is to provide better service to the public.

Should a need arise for the employee to use the Internet for work, the employee must get permission and a password from the department head.

Makati, Parañaque and Quezon City halls have also implemented limited access to the Internet.

The Quezon City Mayor's office said this is to ensure their employees are more efficient and professional.

Government employees found violating office policies face a reprimand or warning for the first offense, suspension for the second and dismissal for the third offense.

Other local government units now plan to follow the various city halls in banning computer games and social networking sites to further improve the service they give to the public. -- Report from Jing Castañeda, ABS-CBN News