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BI gets strict on employees’ attendance

MANILA, Aug. 28 — The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is implementing a strict policy of requiring all its officials and employees to personally register their daily attendance via a biometrics-based bundy clock system.

In a memorandum order, Immigration Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Ronaldo Ledesma directed the bureau’s personnel to strictly observe a 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. work schedule.

The order covers all BI employees, including division and section chiefs, supervisors, unit heads, confidential agents, and coterminous/contractual employees.

Ledesma required the employees to personally register their attendance in the bureau’s biometrics-based bundy clock system when reporting for and leaving from work.

They were also directed to attend the bureau’s flag- raising ceremony every Monday at 7:15 a.m.

Atty. Felino Quirante Jr., BI administrative chief, lauded Ledesma’s move, saying it is necessary to instill discipline and professional work ethics within the organization.

Quirante said he had proposed revoking the alternative attendance system implemented during previous administrations because it was prone to abuse.

“We have been receiving reports that some employees who were permitted to use the alternative system of attendance were not rendering full-time work to the detriment of public service,” he added.

Quirante observed that as a result of the new policy, BI employees were found registering near-perfect attendance in recent days and during the last two flag ceremonies.

Ledesma’s memorandum also provides for the imposition of several administrative penalties on habitually absent and tardy employees. (PNA) scs/FMB

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