- Two Mandaue City Hall employees were fired after being caught playing DOTA 2, a multiplayer online battle arena game
- Mayor Gabriel Luis “Luigi” Quisimbing ordered their termination after receiving a photo of the employees while playing
- Quisimbing hoped that this would serve as a lesson for other employees
Mandaue City Mayor Gabriel Luis “Luigi” Quisimbing fired two employees who were caught playing the addictive game DOTA 2 inside the office.
The two terminated employees were part of Mandaue City hall’s City Planning Department which is responsible for local land use and development projects.
Quisimbing posted on Facebook a photo of the employees while they were playing the video game. He wrote in his: “This is a picture of City Hall employees inside the Planning Office and why they just lost their jobs.”
According to reports, the mayor said that Atty. Elaine Bathan, chief of staff received the photo from a city hall employee. "A concerned city hall employee sent a picture to the Chief of Staff last night. We immediately contacted Human Resources to relieve them of their duties," said Quisimbing.
The newly-elected mayor did not divulge their names to the media, but he said that the employees were Job Order (J.O) employees. He said that they are “definitely not supposed to play DOTA” at work.
The Mandaue City Mayor hoped that people would learn from what he did to the employees, "this act is hopefully something that will resonate," he said.
He also revealed that there are city employees who come in every weekend just to play online games. He then said that it will no longer be tolerated in Mandaue.
To ensure that it won’t happen again, Quisimbing ordered the City Hall’s Information Technology (IT) department to install firewall that would restrict the download of games, and also to prevent employees from playing online games while on duty.
The mayor earned praises from Netizens who affirmed his decision. They said that government employees are not paid by the government to play DOTA.