DepEd vows to probe school PTA fund issue

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014


IN light of the issue of the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) of a public school here allegedly involving some funds, the Department of Education’s (DepEd) division of Cagayan de Oro has vowed to strictly enforce reforms within its ranks.

Romeo Aclo, the newly appointed division PTA affairs coordinator, said at present the education department is on the process of doing investigations with regard to teachers violating DepEd policies.

Aclo said he is looking into the complaint of City Central School-PTA president Edwin Adriano who alleged that proceeds of the association’s fund-raiser last December is kept in the bank account of the teachers.

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Echoing the directives of schools division superintendent Elena Borcillo, Aclo said, the DepEd policy did not mince words when it said it is serious in conducting investigation into cases like these.

He reiterated DepEd Order no. 54 series of 2009 disallowing teachers from handling PTA funds.

In a recent news report, DepEd secretary Armin Luistro had emphasized that “only PTAs are allowed to handle contributions, and teachers and school officials must keep their hands off the money.”

Luistro also made it clear that “no teacher, school official or school personnel shall collect fees or contributions nor shall they be entrusted with the safekeeping and disbursement of collections made by the PTA pursuant to the Code of Ethics for Professional Teachers.”

With that, Alco said that no teacher is allowed to disburse or collect PTA money or to put it in their account.

“That is not allowed by law,” he said, adding, “If a violation it is committed, there is corresponding penalty for that.”

But Aclo said it has to go through the due process, “since we assume that everyone is innocent until proven guilty.”

All concerned parties will be invited for a hearing and they are allowed to have their say.

It is also where evidence is presented, as well as appraisal and evaluation of documents, he said.

Other people involved who are no longer in the current post or position will also be invited.

“There should be proper hearing of the case,” he added.

Aclo said the DepEd handles the administrative case, but if the complainant will go to the office of the Ombudsman, then that’s their right.

He said in the past there had been instances where teachers were involved in PTA fund cases, and how the DedEd and the Civil Service Commission had acted on complaints.

“As public servant and as member of DepEd, I am hoping that there will be reforms. This principle of transparency, accountability and good governance will be the guiding principle of every school,” Aclo said.

“After all, all public servants are required to act in accordance with this mandate of being in the public service,” he added.

“Everybody should get involved because this problem is not just a simple one but this is a product of multiple problems that cause this challenge to our society. Together we can change this kind of practice, we can make our children become better public servants in the future,” he said.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on April 02, 2014.

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