SC scolds OCA records officer for having ingrown nail removed during work hours

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The Supreme Court (SC) has “severely reprimanded” a records officer of the Office of the Court Administrator (OCA) who admitted to having her ingrown nail removed during office hours.

In a recent 4-page notice of resolution, the SC 2nd Division warned Irma Paraiso of the Office of the Administrative Services (OAS-OCA) that a repetition of her offense of “failure to strictly observe the prescribed working hours” would be dealt with more severely.

The SC cited jurisprudence as well as Section 1, Canon IV of the Code of Conduct for Court Personnel, which provides that they should “commit themselves exclusively to the business and responsibilities of their office during working hours.”

Paraiso made the admission in response to an anonymous complaint which accused her of not acting promptly on the request for the service record of a “lower court employee” on November 29, 2017.

The complaint was accompanied by screenshots of a video recording of Paraiso having her nails attended to by a pedicurist.

Paraiso explained she was in great pain because of her ingrown nail, but the pedicurist was only available 20 minutes before her lunch break. She added that she could not take a leave of absence because she was designated as officer-in-charge of the Records Division of the OAS-OCA.

However, she took responsibility for her error in judgment and asked for compassion in view of her 30 years of service.

Meanwhile, the SC dismissed the complaint for failure to act promptly on the request for being unsubstantiated.

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