Hearing on village chief’s ‘appointment’ set-A A +A
Monday, September 2, 2013
THE Bacolod City Council committee on laws, ordinance and good government will conduct a hearing today (September 2) on the inquiry of a councilman pertaining to the appointment of barangay captain Rufino Alcala as head of the Bacolod City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (BCDRRMO).
Invited to the hearing, to be led by committee chairperson Councilor Caesar Distrito, were the Civil Service Commission-Negros Occidental representative, General Services Office head Jerome Solinap, City Legal Officer Sarah Villamor, City Administrator Rolando Villamor, Association of Barangay Captains president Councilor Mona Dia Jardin, and Local Government City Director Glenn Guzman.
The hearing was set to provide a venue to answer the queries of Barangay Punta Taytay councilman Richard Palma as to the present status Alcala, who is now handling the operations of the BCDRRMO.
The hearing also aims to clarify the allegations against Alcala that he is holding two positions, one being the head of BCDRRMO and the other as chieftain of Punta Taytay.
The hearing will also give Alcala the opportunity to answer the assertions made by Palma, who told the City Council that the village chief continues to receive his honorarium despite not reporting regularly in their barangay hall to do his obligations.
Palma said instead, Alcala was given more time as head of the BCDRRMO.
Palma also reported that Alcala was the one attending all meetings and representing BCDRRMO, presiding at staff meetings, supervising operations of the office, conducting seminars/trainings, and is using the official vehicle of the office, which are acts that cannot be allowed to a volunteer in the office.
Palma, in his letter addressed to Vice Mayor Greg Galatea and members of the City Council, said he exhaustedly discussed the ramification to his immediate concern in calling the attention of Alcala on the leadership controversy in Barangay Punta Taytay.
He said that when Alcala started discharging his duties as head/officer in charge of the city's CDRRMO by reporting to said office regularly, it is only during their barangay council regular meeting that the latter is seen to function as village chief and as presiding officer.
Palma also said that Alcala submitted during their July 2013 session a letter of resignation as village chief, and claimed the letter was submitted to the office of Mayor Monico Puentevella.
He explained that after Alcala showed them the said resignation letter, they never heard of any update on it.
Palma pointed to the local august body of Bacolod if it is legally tenable for Alcala to function as CRDMMO officer-in-charge and at the same time continue to serve as "moonlighting/ part-time" village chief.
He also questioned if Alcala is still entitled to claim his monthly honoraria notwithstanding the fact that he is now with the City Government of Bacolod, through its CDRRMO, and rendering his services as its head or officer-in-charge in a full-time capacity.
Palma clarified that his being elected as number one kagawad of Punta Taytay and as a logical successor under the law is only incidental to the issue he is raising.
He said he is concerned about the seemingly groping feeling of discontent among the constituents of the barangay, particularly to the existence of a vacuum of leadership. (CNC)
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 02, 2013.