QC suspends high official for sexual harassment

A high-ranking Quezon City government official was suspended after an employee complained of sexual harassment.,“We condemn all these vile acts of harassment against women, especially among our own officials and employees. The Quezon City Government is committed to addressing all sexual harassment cases regardless of gender and position in any department,” QC Mayor Joy Belmonte said.,In the letter of the victim sent to Mayor Belmonte, she detailed the verbal and physical sexual harassment of the officer.,The employee’s complaint was forwarded to the Committee on Decorum and Investigation-Legislative Department for corresponding investigation and recommendation.,After a series of hearings, Vice Mayor Gian Sotto, who is the disciplining authority for the legislative department, said the officer was found guilty in the sexual harassment case based on the provisions under Memorandum Circular No. 12-S2020 and 2017 Rules on Administrative Cases in the Civil Service, with penalty of suspension without pay for six months.,“We will always advocate an office culture that values ​​and uplifts one another. Our work environment should reflect that we are servants of God, and this includes ensuring that all employees will feel safe and protected, by not tolerating any misconduct,” Sotto said.,In this regard, Belmonte urged their employees not to be intimidated and stand out if there are such abuses, especially if it was perpetrated by their superiors.