• President-elect Rodrigo Duterte wants to stop the practice of holding seminars out of town or out-of-the-country study trips
  • He says the lakbay-aral program is just a waste of public funds
  • He urges the government officials to use their own facilities and just invite lecturers from Manila to cut down the cost of expenses

DAVAO CITY – No more out-of-town or out-of-the-country seminars for government employees starting president-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s assumption in post on June 30.

In a press conference on Monday, the outgoing Davao City Mayor called the ‘lakbay-aral’ programs a waste of public funds.

Yung mga seminar seminar, it costs a lot of money… it’s pure junket. So no more seminars that ‘yung mga tao pupuntang Maynila. Rather, we will have the seminars in the local venue then let the lecturers come to Davao so maka-mura ako diyan,” he said.

[Those seminars, it costs a lot of money…it’s pure junket. So no more seminars that people will travel to Manila. Rather, we will have the seminars in the local venue then let the lecturers come to Davao so I can cut down on cost.]

He criticized government officials and employees who use public funds for study trips, according to Pia Ranada’s article published in Rappler. He said they did nothing but use the barangay funds to travel for leisure. He reminded elected barangay captains, barangay kagawads that they have no right to go around the Philippines.

In a DZMM TeleRadyo article published on ABS-CBN, Duterte said that he knows one government official who traveled to Hong Kong using public funds.

“I almost fell off my chair— Hong Kong? Lakbay-aral? Ano ka, magkain ka ng pancit doon? Wala na ‘yan, stop that business,” Duterte warned.

 [I almost fell off my chair—Hong Kong? Study trip? What, you will just eat noodles there? None of that, stop that business.]