TAGBILARAN CITY – City Kagawad Atty. Dodong Gonzaga has rebuked a school teacher who expressed “unsavory” statement during the conduct of a joint committee hearing on various allegations filed against the city schools division boss. The said DepEd mentor identified by a DepEd personnel as education program supervisor Beatriz Luga appeared to be telling the hearing that the city council was not the proper forum to solve the controversy generated following the alleged improper actions of the superintendent.
She told the hearing that the matter appeared to be complex for the city council to tackle. Upon hearing this, Kag. Gonzaga, who presided over the said hearing, wasted no time to retort, reminding Luga that the city has stakes in the education of the city’s constituents including children.
Though the hearing was conducted in aid-of-legislation, considered one of the important roles of the highest lawmaking body of this city, Gonzaga said that city funding and quality of education are at stake in these cases. Hence, nobody could say that the city government should not involved in attending to the needs of the city constituents and responding to the complaints lodged before the city SP, he said.
The city government, according to Mayor Baba Yap, is aiding the city’s neophyte schools division by pouring funding and other resources to some school needs, including the school teachers paid by the city coffers.
Observers including the media people who jampacked the hearing said Luga appeared to be trying to come in rescue of Dr. Evangel Luminarias, city schools division superintendent, who was the subject of numerous accusations lodged by teaching and non-teaching personnel of the city DepEd.
After Gonzaga’s lecture, Luga appeared to be apologetic and the hearing continued. But minutes later, Gonzaga suspended it until the next round of the investigation.
Luminarias is facing accusations ranging from the alleged illegal transfer of teachers and school heads, discrimination of students with disabilities to alleged misuse of fund, her accusers said in the executive summary for the said hearing.
Among those who threw questions to both sides include City Councilors Jerry Pabe, Betty Torralba, Dulce Glovasa and Philip Besas as members of the joint committee that tackled the case.
The hearing was conducted by committees on Ethics, Education and Human Rights/Public Accountability chaired by Gonzaga. (rvo)