MANILA – Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff, Gen. Jose Faustino Jr., on Wednesday reminded all military personnel to remain loyal to the Constitution as it celebrated the 31st anniversary of the AFP Code of Conduct.
“It is our responsibility to uphold integrity and honor as we execute our mandated duty to serve the nation. We must always be reminded of our sworn duty and loyalty to the Constitution and its democratic institutions,” he said in a statement.
The AFP chief’s message was also read simultaneously by unit commanders nationwide followed by the reading of the renewal of Pledge of Allegiance to the AFP Code of Conduct by officers and personnel.
“I urge everyone to continue to contribute and cooperate in maintaining a transparent and accountable Armed Forces, one that will help us realize our vision of becoming a source of national pride,” Faustino said.
All AFP Major Services, Unified Commands, units and offices nationwide joined the renewal of pledge through virtual teleconferencing in accordance with coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) health and safety protocols.
The AFP Office of Ethical Standards and Public Accountability (OESPA) spearheaded the activities for the annual commemoration.
It also facilitated the OESPA Family Conference on the proper accomplishment of the Citizens Charter, in compliance with the Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007.
The AFP Code of Conduct Day is one of the ways that continuously remind soldiers of the firm respect for law and its legal processes. It further reiterates to members the utmost degree of fidelity and good faith in public service.
The code serves as a framework on how officers and personnel ought to carry themselves with professionalism and transparency.
Since its implementation, it became a strong foundation for every AFP member to walk with the highest conduct of decorum and integrity. (PNA)