Palace releases guidelines for foreign travel of gov't employees, officials

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 3) — Malacañang is advising all officials and personnel in the Executive Department to secure the necessary permission and documents before going on foreign trips.

The Palace released on Wednesday a memorandum of guidelines that should be followed by all offices as well as government-owned and -controlled corporations, and financial institutions.

It said personnel shall only be allowed to travel overseas if the trip falls within the mandate of the requesting official or personnel, if the cost isn't excessive, and if the outcome will benefit the country.

The memo added necessary authorization and leave forms must be completed, and the ensuing absence from office shall not in any way affect its operations. This shall be done regardless of whether the trip is official or personal.

The heads of agencies of offices authorizing the trips, meanwhile, must submit all documents to the Office of the President at the end of every quarter. It should include the following details:

  • names of the official or employee making the trip
  • duration of the trip
  • nature and purpose of traverl
  • total cost of the trip
  • a brief statement explaining how each official trip complies with the aforementioned conditions

The Interior Department shall do the same for foreign trips of local government officials.

In addition, all officials and employees are required to submit a report of the attended conferences, investigations, or missions overseas within 30 days of their return.

The memorandum also said in the case of an official delegation attending an overseas conference, a report of the group shall be submitted 30 days after the closing of the conference.

"Any member of the delegation may submit a supplementary report," the memo said.

Appropriate sanctions shall be filed in case the directives should not be followed.

The memorandum comes weeks after President Rodrigo Duterte fired Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP) Chair Terry Ridon for making several trips overseas soon after he was appointed as Head of the Commission.

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The President also sacked all PCUP commissioners.