DENR asks staff to stop posting anti-gov’t views: "Dont bite the hand that feeds you"

DENR asks staff to stop posting anti-gov’t views: "Dont bite the hand that feeds you"

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) issued a memo dated April 5, 2020, directed its provincial, city, and regional heads to advise their staff, including those under Contract of Service (COS), “not to comment or post negative in the social media against the government.”

It is discouraging its employees
from posting negative remarks about the government on social media amid the ongoing novel coronavirus 2019 disease or COVID-19 crisis.

“As a government employee, we should exemplify discipline to the community and promote cooperation to the government,” the memo, signed by DENR Assistant Regional Director for Management Services Marcos Dacanay, reads.
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In an interview it was confirmed by
Environment Undersecretary Benny Antiporda confirmed the issuance of the memo but insisted that it is just a “reminder” against posting “purely negative criticisms” about the government’s handling of the health crisis.

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The Undersecretary explained that the memo was issued after some government employees, most of whom are under the COS setting and job order (JO) workers, aired their frustration on social media after being affected by the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine since they are under the no work, no pay scheme.

Antiporda said that now government has allowed the
release of the salaries of contractual employees to help tide them over the month-long quarantine of Luzon, it is now unfair for COS and JO workers to criticize the government.

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