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Gov’t workers urged to be fit, healthy to serve public better
by Maria Aprila W. Cruz / PIA

The Civil Service Commission Cordillera encourages government employees to have a healthy lifestyle in order to better serve the public.

As the central personnel agency of the government, the CSC takes cognizance into human resource actions of government agencies and one of these is to look into the activities that promote healthy lifestyle program in government offices, said  CSC-CAR Senior Human Resource Specialist Rex Bate.

“We encourage government workers to become fit and healthy because whether we like it or not, the people we serve mirrors our behavior,” Bate said.

He cited Memorandum Circular 38 s. 1992 which suggests physical and mental fitness programs for government personnel; MC 30 s. 1994 that lists the reasonable working conditions in the public sector; a 1997 order about policy on working conditions at the workplace and a 2009 circular that dictates on government offices to observe the month of July as Civil Servant’s Health and Wellness Month.

He said government employees should allot 20 minutes per day or one hour per week for the conduct of wellness activities, provided that services to the clients are not affected.

Healthy lifestyle is a commitment that individuals should make to be healthy not because there are circulars mandating their compliance but because they need to be for their own health and happiness, Bate said. 

Department of Health Nutritionist-Dietitian IV Candice Salingbay said the DOH has four practices under its GO4Health information campaign to encourage Filipinos to embrace a healthier lifestyle.

The DOH is urging the public to Go Sustansya (go for nutritious food); Go Smoke Free; Go Slow on Tagay (drink alcohol in moderation); Go Lusog (good nutrition and proper eating habits); Go Sigla (be active): and Go Stress-free or relax.

“Since this year’s Nutrition Month theme focuses on physical activity, we focus on the Go Sigla so under our overweight and obesity management program we have the promotion of healthy lifestyle to our partner agencies, and local government units. We also raise awareness among learners, parents and caregivers and we also explain the guide for healthy diet and promotion of physical activity,” Salingbay said.

The 2019 Nutrition Month theme is “Kumain nang wasto at maging aktibo… Push natin ‘to!”


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