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The Code of Ethics of Filipino Forester
Transcript of The Code of Ethics of Filipino Forester
The Code of Ethics of Filipino Forester
This included the basic principles of the Code of Ethics such as:
a. exercise and devote their profession for Philippine forestry and science as a whole;
b. follow the constitution as well as forestry related laws, policies and regulations plus the guidelines imposed by the Professional Regulatory Commission;
c. take pride and dignity in the forestry profession;
d. participate in the resolution of present and emerging forestry issues;
e. lastly, to cooperate with other professionals to lessen the burden of solving relevant forestry issues.
The responsibility of the foresters to the forestry sector is to strive to develop and derive the maximum potential benefits from the forests, always take account ecological values and the needs of forestry.
Foresters must have knowledge on forestry problems in the global scale and provisions of global treaties and agreements including Philippines. Interaction with other forestry professionals is also vital which comprises the exchange of information, data and professional experiences. Lastly, they must apply updated knowledge, management tools, skills, training and international experience in order to compete with the global market for forestry professional services.
Code of Ethics
Serves as the basis on how to consider behaviour ethical, correct or right. It is adopted by a non-governmental or non-governmental organization or by a profession to assist members in making decisions. Failure to comply will lead to the invalidation of license
According to Section 5 of RA 6239, also known as The Forestry Profession Law, the Board is tasked to:
“endorse for approval by the Office of the President upon recommendation by the National Society of Filipino Foresters, a Code of Ethics and Code of Forestry Practices.”
To fulfil this duty, the Board, in collaboration with Society of Filipino Foresters Inc., formulated the Code of Ethics for Professional Filipino Foresters in the Philippines. It was approved by President Ferdinand Marcos on December 4, 1972. This was updated and modified in conformity with the changes on the forestry scenario.
Why do Filipino Foresters need code of ethics?
According to the book Code of Ethics: Foresters Guide to Making Business Decisions,
“ everyone associated with Foresters is
expected to do the right thing,
in the right way, for our members.”
That is why Code of Ethics is important in the profession of forestry, it functions as the guide for foresters to live and operate by the highest standards of conduct and service at all times to justify the confidence our members and others place in us. It plays an important role in clarifying appropriate conduct and is part of an overall program intended to encourage, inspire and reward proper conduct and to prevent misconduct.
This focuses on the responsibility of foresters to the country and society which includes:
a. ensure the loyalty to the country by following the provisions of the constitution and the laws of the land;
b. consider the well-being and welfare of the society in decision making;
c. Serve as a dynamic agent of change and develop national awareness of the social, environmental, economic, political and cultural values of forests.
d. enlighten the public on up-to-date and accurate information and issues regarding forestry to develop national awareness of the social, environmental, economic, political and cultural values of forests.
In terms on the relationship of foresters to other professions, foresters must:
a. develop and maintain a high professional prestige, uphold the dignity and high competency standards of the forestry profession and take pride in its practice;
b. honesty, integrity and moral values must be above material and self interest;
c. gain the respect and confidence of other professions;
d. respect the interest and integrity of co-foresters;
e. be even in dealing with co-workers and subordinates;
f. provide exemplary service to employees, clients and the public;
g. coordinate and share knowledge with other professions
Foresters also have responsibility to the government and clients which includes:
a. Render professional service to private or public clients with honesty, integrity, transparency and good faith; and shall consider clients as partners in the noble undertaking of sustainable development.
b. Uphold the principles of public service and put national interest above all else when serving as a Forester in government and abide with the Civil Service Code of Ethics and other applicable regulations for government workers.
c. Work in harmony to achieve common objectives of the profession; avoid conflict of interest on significant forestry issues; and attempt to resolve such in a collegial manner.
Foresters who have substantially met the provisions of this Code shall be considered for award, recognition and incentive as appropriately determined by the SFFI and/or PRC
Revocation of the Certificate of Registration
Suspension from the practice of their profession
Suspension or revocation of membership to the organization (SFFI)
File administrative charges before the Board for Foresters.
Code of Ethics: Foresters’ Guide to Making Business Decisions (2011)
Manual on SFFG 123, EO Peralta