The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) removed eight members of the Bohol Port Management Office from their position after they were caught partying and drinking at the head office of the agency.
The incident happened on August 16, 2023, and the whole party was recorded by the CCTV connected to the office of PPA head office in Manila.
Videos uploaded on the internet showed that the said officials who were visibly drunk were dancing and singing inside a government-owned office
The officials were identified as Acting Port Manager (APM) Lord Tyrone Agaton, PMO Bohol Port Services Division Manager Julius Jumangit, Atty. Sherlito Columnas Jr, Safety Officer Atty. Romeo Cabading II, Edcel E. Epan, Victor B. Cagulada, Mary Maricka R. Aguirre, Meljann B. Oronan, and Emily Ross C. Tubio.
PPA General Manager Jay Santiago couldn’t hide his disappointment with the said employees.
“Wala puwang sa pamahalaan ang mga opisyal na ginagawang inuman ang opisina, kahit birthday o anumang okasyon hindi dapat umiinom ng alak sa opisina. Dapat nga sila pa mismo ang nangunguna sa pagpapanatili ng kaayusan sa pantalan at hindi nangunguna sa pagiging hindi magandang ehemplo sa kanilang mga nasasakupan sa Bohol,” the high-ranking government official said.
The Civil Service Commission (CSC) already reminded the government workers before that drinking in government offices even during Christmas parties was prohibited.