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ADMINISTRATIVE CIRCULAR NO. 5.
[1988]
ADMINISTRATIVE CIRCULAR NO. 5 
[1988]
        
TO:  ALL OFFICIALS AND EMPLOYEES OF THE JUDICIARY

SUBJECT:  PROHIBITION TO WORK AS INSURANCE AGENT.

In line with Section 12, Rule XVIII of the Revised Civil Service Rules, the Executive Department issued Memorandum Circular No. 17 dated September 4, 1986 authorizing heads of government offices to grant their employees permission to "engage directly in any private business, vocation and profession x x x outside office hours."

However, in its En Banc Resolution dated October 1, 1987 denying the request of Atty. Froilan L. Valdez of the Office of Associate Justice Ameurfina Melencio-Herrera, to be commissioned as a Notary Public, the Court expressed the view that the provisions of Memorandum Circular No. 17 of the Executive Department are not applicable to officials or employees of the Courts considering the express prohibition in the Rules of Court and the nature of their work which requires them to serve with the highest degree of efficiency and responsibility in order to maintain public confidence in the Judiciary. The same policy was adopted in Administrative Matter No. 88-6-002-SC, June 21, 1988, where the Court denied the request of Ms. Esther C. Rabanal, Technical Assistant II, Leave Section, Office of the Administrative Services of this Court, to work as an insurance agent after office hours including Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Indeed, the entire time of Judiciary officials and employees must be devoted to government service to insure efficient and speedy administration of justice.cralaw

ACCORDINGLY, all officials and employees of the Judiciary are hereby enjoined from being commissioned as insurance agents or from engaging in any such related activities and to immediately desist therefrom if presently engaged thereat.cralaw

October 4, 1988.

 

[Sgd.] MARCELO B. FERNAN
Chief Justice
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