Driver faces termination from City Hall

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Sunday, May 11, 2014


THE driver of the City Hall-owned vehicle illegally parked near a beerhouse along Pelaez St. may be fired if it’s proven he violated the rules governing the use of government vehicles.

Records from the General Services Office (GSO) showed that the passenger-type multicab bearing the plate number SJM-459 was issued to the city’s local school board.

Human Resource Department Office (HRDO) chief Dominic Diño told Sun.Star Cebu that there will be an investigation by the discipline committee of his office.

“The penalty will depend on how extreme the act was,” he said.

Based on the Civil Service Code of Conduct for government workers, regular employees could be terminated from service if found guilty of a violation, Diño said. Contracts of casual employees might not be renewed.

HRDO has yet to determine if the driver was a regular or a casual employee of the City.

The vehicle was impounded last Saturday and brought to Citom impounding area.

Following the separate investigation by GSO, Citom opened the windows of the vehicle and found a City Hall-issued identification card of Arnold Lauron, who is believed to have been using the vehicle that time.

A memorandum of receipt from GSO showed that the vehicle was issued to Ruel Tahom of the local school board.

City Administrator Lucelle Mercado said that upon learning of the matter, he called Tahom to confirm if he was the custodian of the multicab.

Mercado is also conducting an inquiry on the matter.

School board

The multicab was reportedly driven by his personnel at the local school board while he
was not around.

Some of the city’s officials let their personnel use their vehicles for job-related
errands.

“Some of them won’t ask permission from their immediate superiors when using the vehicles,” Mercado said.

Diño said that as a general rule, city-issued vehicles should be parked at the City Hall after office hours.

An exception is when the custodian or his authorized personnel has an early commitment the next day.

The vehicle was apprehended by Citom for violation of City Ordinance 1664 of the clamping ordinance of the city.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 12, 2014.

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