TAGBILARAN CITY – City veterinarian office has accused city schools division superintendent (SDS) Dr. Evangel Luminarias’s office of harassment when it tried to occupy the adjacent office of the former without the order of City Mayor Baba Yap. This surfaced during the joint-committee meeting, hearing the complaints of the teachers and non-teaching personnel of DepEd in this city against Luminarias presided over by City Councilor Atty. Dodong Gonzaga.
Lumianrias did not show up in the said committee hearing last week. City veterinarian Dr. Victoria Limbaga and her co-worker Alcantara told the joint-committee hearing that SDS appeared to be persistent in occupying their not-so-ample office space at the old city hall building that also houses city police station.
They said they’re awaiting for their office transfer started last year but to no avail so that they may be able to work peacefully. Alcantara said that they’re very much affected because of her (Luminarias) management. But they appeared firm to stay put until such time Mayor Yap sends them a memo to transfer elsewhere, she said.
City Kagawad Jeremias Pabe lamented that what the SDS has done to the veterinarian is unfair, saying “wala morespeto sa mayor.”
The city General Services Offce was reported to have confirmed that no order to transfer veterinarian office yet from the mayor.
Councilor Gonzaga, presiding over the joint-committee on Ethics, Education and Human Rights/Public Accountability said in a separate interview that Luminarias will just submit her position to the on-going inquiry into the DepEd mess.
Gonzaga stressed that the joint-committee investigation into the controversy is not a prosecution but in aid-of-legislation and whatever the outcome it will only be recommendatory to agencies concerned or to the executive department of the city government.
He added that more joint-committee hearings will conducted to ferret out the truth. Each camp — the superintendent and the complainants — are required to submit within 15-day period or earlier their sworn statements or pieces of evidence to support their respective allegations or positions.
It will be recalled that the complainants, composed of teachers and non-teaching personnel of the city division, reiterated their previous demand: Relieve Luminarias from her present position and “to sanction her the proper damages in court for her ill motives of oppression,” the executive summary of the joint committee hearing said.
The violations were allegedly committed by Luminarias “inflicting injury upon teachers, pupils, rank and file employees and stakeholders of the DepEd” in this city, the executive summary said.
The executive summary said that the alleged violations “are substantiated with affidavit and statement of facts to prove to the public that the persons appearing this court and hteir testimonies are executed by own will and volition without any sanction or pressure from any person or entities, for the purpose of letting everyone know especially those who are in the right position to mediate our cases for we cannot anymore trust the DepEd Tagbilaran City grievance committee to handle our plight to stop oppression in our workplace.”
Complainants said in the executive summary that their accusations against Luminarias are based on facts and testimonies of those personnel affected.
These include: (1) Illegal transfer of teachers and school heads with testmonies of Mr. Nilo Sendrijas, Ms. Jeycelle Inting and Mrs. Lucia Butlig, Cogon High School Evening class; (2) Discrimination of students with disabilities (deaf and mute) with testimony of Mrs. Leslie Marie Dispo, SPED teacher, Annex A1-A2. Police blotter of Mrs. Rizalina Peligro, principal of the Hearing Impaired and Letter of complaint of the Parents of SPED-hearing Impaired Kindergarten students; (3) Violation of Constitutional right of Teachers and employees to self-organization with threat and creating her own organization to counter the existing organizations (police joint blotter, incident reports from Melany Buntag, Jenelou John Israel and Liza Maquiling and testimonies of harassment and oppresion: Mr. Efren Ortiz, PTCA president; Engr. Robert Rio, interim president, Tagbilaran Association of Private Schools Association (TAPSA).
Luminarias also is accused of “constructive dismissal of employees” with a sworn statement of Mr. Ruel Namocatcat, administrative officer V and Mrs. Melany Buntag, cashier II.
The allegation of “maltreatment and persecution using her authority with willful intentional neglect often enforced by threats or by the imposition of burden to the employees to the employee and to the organization” is suppoted with affidavit of Mrs. Marina Salamanca, OIC-ASDS, Bohol Division; Mrs. Neolita Sarabia, principal, Dampas Elementary School; Letter from the Diocese of Tagbilaran through the Vicar General Msgr. Vicente Nunag III; and testimonies of Mr. Marcelino Pelin, principal, Bool elementary School; Mr. Basilides Sempron, school principal, Manga Elementary School; Liza E. Maquiling, planning officer II, the executive summary said.
The respondent (Luminarias) during the City council’s probe is also accused of “misuse of public funds” including fund of the Central Visayas Regional athletic Association (CVIRAA) and “violation of the Proucrement Act 9184 supported by audit findings/observations for exit conference, dated January 23, 2015 and testimonies of Ruel Namocatcat, Engr. Robert Rio, Mr. Marcelino Pelin, and Mr. Jenelou John Israel.
The stakeholders include Private Schools Association, Schools Parents Teachers Association and the Catechist of the parishes represented by their parish priests of each barangay, it said. (rvo)