GSP Code of Ethics
Board of Geology
Code of Ethics for Geologists in the Philippines
Article I - GENERAL PRINCIPLES
Section 1 . The practice of the geology profession requires an unexpired license or certification of registration issued by the Professional Regulatory Commission of the Republic of the Philippines. The practice of geology is a noble profession and the privilege of professional practice requires high degree of morality, technical knowledge and personal responsibility.
Section 2. Honesty, integrity, loyalty, fairness, impartiality, candor and fidelity shall be ingrained in the practice of every Geologist.
Section 3. The Geologist shall be guided by the highest ethical principles in the discharge of his duties as affirmed in this Code of Ethics for Geologists.
Article II - RELATION OF GEOLOGIST TO THE COMMUNITY
Section 1. A Geologist shall avoid and discourage sensational, exaggerated and unwarranted statements. When called upon to give evidence or otherwise to speak on matters of fact, a Geologist shall state only what he/she knows to be the facts.
Section 2. A Geologist, having or expecting to have any beneficial interest in a property which he/she reports on, must state in his/her report the existence of such interest or expected interest.
Section 3. A Geologist shall not give a professional opinion or make a report without being as thoroughly informed as might reasonably be expected, considering the purpose for which the opinion or report is requested. The degree of completeness of information upon which it is based shall be clearly stated.
Section 4. A Geologist shall not express any professional opinion, which reflects on the ability or integrity of any person or organization, unless his/her responsibility to the profession and the community requires him to do so.
Section 5. A Geologist shall not issue any false statement or false information in relation to his/her professional practice.
Section 6. The public responsibility of the Geologist shall be paramount at all times. He shall maintain due regard for the welfare, safety and health of the general public in the conduct of his/her work.
Article III -
RELATION OF GEOLOGIST TO EMPLOYER AND CLIENT
Section 1. A Geologist shall protect the interest of his/her employer or client, with due regard to public welfare and his/her professional honor.
Section 2. A Geologist, who finds that his/her obligations to his/her employer are in conflict with his/her professional obligations or ethics, shall immediately give to his/her employer written notice to terminate his/her employment, unless the conflict is resolved.
Section 3. A Geologist shall disclose to his/her prospective employer or client the prior existence of any interest which he/she holds, either directly or indirectly, that has a bearing to his/her employment.
Section 4. A Geologist shall not use, directly or indirectly, any confidential information arising from his/her services to the employer or client.
Section 5. A Geologist shall not accept, without his/her client's written consent, engagement by another, whenever the interests of the latter shall in any manner conflict with those of his/her client.
Section 6. A Geologist, who has made an investigation for any employer or client, shall not profit or attempt to profit from the information gained, unless written permission to do so is granted, or there is no conflict of interest with his/her employer or client.
Section 7. A Geologist shall not divulge information given to him/her in confidence and shall not seek to profit therefrom.
Section 8. A Geologist shall advise his/her employer or client to engage the services of other experts and specialist whenever the latter's interest will be best served by such engagement.
Section 9. A Geologist shall not accept any fee for referring a client or employer to an expert or for recommending geological services other than his/her own.
Section 10. A Geologist shall faithfully protect the interests of his/her client or employer in the preparation of contract documents, supervision of work, preparation of plans, reports and specifications, and the like. In the interpretation of contract documents, he/she shall maintain impartiality between his/her clients or employer and the contractor.
Section 11. A Geologist shall avoid placing himself/ herself under any obligation to any person or organization who deals with his/her employer or client. He/She shall not accept any favor from such person or organization.
Article IV - RELATION OF GEOLOGIST TO CO-PROFESSIONALS
Section 1. A Geologist shall not falsely or maliciously injure the reputation or business of another.
Section 2. A Geologist shall give credit for work done by others and shall refrain from plagiarism and shall not accept credit rightfully due another.
Section 3. A Geologist shall not use the advantage of a former or present status or position to compete unfairly with another Geologist in private practice, nor use unfairly the advantages of private practice to the detriment of other Geologists.
Section 4. A Geologist shall endeavor to cooperate with other Geologist and shall encourage the ethical dissemination of geoscientific information.
Section 5. A Geologist shall not injure directly or indirectly, the reputation, prospects or business of another Geologist. However, whenever he/she considers a Geologist to be engaged in unethical, illegal or unfair practice, it is his/her duty to present his/her views and the relevant information to the Board of Geology and the Professional Regulation Commission.
Section 6. A Geologist, especially if he/she is in a position of authority, shall accord to those under his/her direction every reasonable opportunity to advance their knowledge and experience.
Section 7. A Geologist shall give proper credit to any associate, subordinate or employer, who has contributed to the work for which he/she is responsible.