The Bureau of Immigration said Monday it has prohibited its employees from sharing TikTok videos of themselves in uniform to preserve the professional image of the agency.
The order was prompted by "reckless" videos of airport immigration officers on TikTok, the bureau's chief Jaime Morente said.
"Our policy on the wearing of the BI uniform is clear. As public servants and supposed model Filipinos, employees must proudly wear their uniform at all times, present a professional image to the public and observe proper decorum and good taste in all their actions while they are on duty," Morente said in a statement.
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Taking TikTok videos while at work, according to Morente, breaks a "standing directive" against the use of mobile phones and other electronic gadgets while at work.
He added that immigration personnel who break the policy may be charged administratively for insubordination and conduct prejudicial to the interest of the service.
Immigration personnel were also reminded of the bureau's internal social media policy which states that they "must adhere with the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees with respect to their actions online, and to desist from behaviors that would bring disrepute to public service."
TikTok, a Chinese-founded app, was among social media platforms that gained soaring popularity during the pandemic as millions were forced to stay home due to lockdowns.
The app became famous for dance videos, and dubs of popular movie lines and songs.