MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang issued a new set of guidelines that would govern the travels abroad of government officials and personnel in the executive department. Medialdea said foreign trips of government officials and personnel would be allowed only if the purpose of the travel was "strictly" within the mandate of the requesting government official or personnel. Medialdea's memorandum came after two heads of government agencies were fired by Duterte because of alleged unnecessary foreign travels in December. Duterte fired the commissioners of the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor, including its head, Terry Ridon, because of their alleged unnecessary foreign trips and their failure to regularly hold meetings. "The requirement to submit quarterly lists of travel authorities issued shall also be observed by the Department of Interior and Local Government with regard to foreign travels of local government officials," the executive secretary said.
Source: Philippine Star January 03, 2018 09:11 UTC