Amago files raps vs Puentevella-A A +A
Thursday, September 19, 2013
A COMPLAINT for abuse of authority, constructive dismissal, oppression, and acts prejudicial to the best interest of the public was filed with the Civil Service Commission (CSC) Wednesday against Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella by Marlou Amago, general foreman at the City Engineer’s Office (CEO).
In his letter to CSC regional director Rodolfo Encajonado dated September 17, Amago asked the CSC to declare as illegal and without basis Memorandum No. 028-7-13, reassigning him to the Bacolod City Mental Health Care Center at Paglaum, Barangay Manslingan, Bacolod.
Amago said he has been a regular employee of the local government of Bacolod for the past 24 years, and is presently holding the position of general foreman under the CEO.
His main function being a supervisor is to oversee all construction projects undertaken by the CEO, he said.
Amago said the memorandum issued by Puentevella, which he received on July 30, states that his function at the Bacolod City Mental Health Care Center is to assist in the implementation of the center’s various programs and services.
He said he is in a quandary as to how he could be of assistance to the operation of the center, considering he has never been a student of any medical or clinical school.
The memorandum issued to him by the mayor is illegal, unreasonable, and oppressive which will lead to his constructive dismissal, Amago said.
The very purpose of the reassignment is to harass him and make his life and work in government service uncomfortable, unbearable, and shameful, he said.
“My reassignment is very clear a demotion not only in status but also in rank. Nowhere in my appointment as general foreman that I have to perform the function of a messenger, clerk, liaison staff or at times a security guard of the Mental Health Center,” he added.
Amago said there is no position in the Mental Health Center that would somehow level with his present position.
“Even without my specific assignment to a lower position, undeniably, my assignment is a clear case of diminution in status and rank since I am no longer functioning my duties and responsibilities as general foreman,” he said.
Also, his detail or reassignment has no tenure which under the law is illegal and can be classified as constructive removal from office, Amago said.
There is no justifiable reason that would warrant his reassignment to the Mental Health Care Center. His performance evaluation report, which showed a very satisfactory rating, will prove that he does not deserve to be reassigned, Amago said.
'Humiliated' for the first time
Amago said that in his 24 years of service, this is the very first time he suffered such humiliation from peers and this is also the very first time in his service as a government official to be demoted.
He said he was not given an opportunity to air his side why he should not be reassigned.
“The honorable mayor is like a commander in the military adhering to the doctrine, ‘Obey first before you complain’,” Amago said.
He said he was not given the opportunity to avail of the basic tenet of due process and his constitutional right has been violated, he added.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 19, 2013.