MANILA- President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday ordered heads of government agencies to ensure that public requests are attended to within a month, otherwise they will face summary dismissal.
Duterte said directors of all government agencies should be the first ones to come to work and the last ones to leave their offices to ensure that government services are well-delivered.
“Yung mga director must report first and leave last sa opisina. They must be there all the time. Pag wala sila dito, I’m warning you ‘yang heads of offices na maghintay-hintay yung tao, I will initiate summary dismissal. No second chances,” he said in a speech during the “Hardin ng Lunas” launch at the Presidential Security Guard (PSG) Compound in Malacañang.
(Directors should report first and leave last in their offices. If they are not there and the public waits for their requests, I will initiate summary dismissal.)
In a separate speech at the the launch of the Bureau of Internal Revenue's (BIR) tax campaign for 2017, Duterte said he is giving directors 15 days to finish signing papers.
“The directors are given 15 days… I do not want papers not signed because the office head is not there,” he said.
"From one desk to another, it travels forever and you have to look for the idiot to sign it," he added, noting that the Philippine National Police is also included in his order.
The President added that he has no tolerance for underperforming government officials and said he does not care whether he will be remembered as the most unpopular president as long as the law is observed during his term.
“Wala akong pasensya-pasensya…I do not care if I go down in history as the most unpopular. Okay sa akin yan as long as during my time, everybody follows the law,” he said.
He said he is not exempted from the rule as well, and cited how he now uses commercial flights to travel to his home in Davao instead of taking the presidential plane.
“I am not making any special favor for myself,” he said, offering soldiers anew the opportunity to use the presidential plane.
Duterte has repeatedly promised to rid the government of corruption alongside his crackdown on the illegal drug trade.