University president’s removal sought

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Friday, September 7, 2012

BARELY a year into his position, a petition asking for the removal of Benguet State University (BSU) president Ben Ladilad for alleged anomalous acts was sent to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima.

The petition letter dated July 20 called for an investigation on alleged illegal acts of the university president.

Among those who signed the petition letter were BSU Federation of Faculty Club president and Board of Regent member Gloria Lee, BSU Faculty Club main campus president Dominador Garin, BSU Employees Association president Silvestre Aben, and BSU Non-teaching Association president Mandy Catalino.


“BSU has attained Level IV institutional accreditation, the highest level but with the confusing, delaying, and weak governance of the new president Dr. Ben Ladilad, gloom and confusion plus low morale has pervaded the academic community,” the employees stated.

The group further alleged Ladilad’s administration that the state university is “too centralized and a one-man rule with his cohorts impeding the development of BSU.”

A petition was also sent to the Civil Service Commission, calling for the nullification of Ladilad’s appointment on December 6 last year. The group is also planning to file a similar case before the Ombudsman.

Among the grounds cited by the group calling for the BSU president’s ouster include the official’s alleged fraudulent transactions involving estafa and violations of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.

The complainants claimed that Ladilad maneuvered financial transactions of BSU by not appointing a vice-president for Finance since he took office, making all financial transactions under his office without check and balance.

“Important financial transactions are mostly delayed, including the salaries and benefits like rice and clothing allowance. Travels for the extension and research are very much delayed, also with income generating projects due to his one-man rule of signing and dispensing vouchers. As a result, projects are on a standstill,” petitioners said.

They also alleged the P194,898 monetization of the BSU president was given ahead of his clearance as Department of Science and Technology regional director, claiming the monetized leaves should have been with DOST and not with BSU.

The petitioners also questioned the BSU president’s alleged excessive and abusive disbursements and claims on travel expenses exceeding allowable limits despite his representation and travel allowance and discretionary fund.

They also said that Ladilad abused his discretionary powers in appointing employees not in accordance with Civil Service policy or Merit Promotion System and next-in-rank selection.

“One permanent position was given to a former DOST employee when he transferred to BSU to the detriment of incumbent employees resulting in low morale of employees,” petitioners claimed.

They also questioned Ladilad’s alleged appointment of BSU employees Prof. Victor Singa, Dr. Marcos Buliyat, Dr. Jones Feliciano, Dr. Percyveranda Lubrica and Dr. Felipe Comila as special assistants to the university president to delicate positions with questionable background and capability to manage and review policies set and approved by the previous administration.

The questioned employees were tasked to focus on the BSU Code, IPA program, Business Affairs, Land Use and other University matters.

They also alleged the BSU president signed Memorandum of Agreements to long time tenants in commercial areas in the university without it undergoing the process of passing through the Administrative Council and Board of Regents.

“The BOR has the sole has the sole authority to approve and enter into contract. The MOA was already signed when he presented this to the Board of Regents in a meeting. This also violates a previous resolution of the board approving to go into lease with the present stall owners and not with tenants. Stall owners are willing to pay at a better price for rentals,” the petitioners added.

The group also said that Ladilad uses government vehicles and claim transportation allowance for his travels.

Ladilad told Sun.Star Baguio that he will answer allegations against him once he returns from an official business in Manila.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 08, 2012.

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