Protest against appointment leaves Talisay school with no head

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014


THE latest president of the Talisay City College (TCC) has decided to decline the position, more than a month since he was appointed as acting president.

Talisay City Engineer Gamaliel Vicente Jr., who is the sixth person appointed as the college’s acting president, told reporters yesterday he decided not to push through if Mayor Johnny de los Reyes wouldn’t sign his papers.

“There are so many issues that came out. I am no longer interested,” Vicente said, but declined to elaborate.

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Mayor de los Reyes, who was one of those appointed Vicente to the post, admitted he had not signed the city engineer’s appointment yet, as he was seeking an opinion from the Civil Service Commission (CSC) regarding the latter’s part-time position as a college dean.

Qualification issue

Last July, the TCC Board of Trustees appointed Vicente as the college’s acting president.

But before Vicente could formally sit down as TCC president, some of the college’s students, faculty and alumni questioned his appointment.

They also questioned Vicente’s capability to hold the position, considering that not only is he the acting city engineer, but he is also the current dean of the University of Visayas (UV) College of Engineering and Architecture.

In a separate interview yesterday, de los Reyes told Sun.Star Cebu he decided to hold off on Vicente’s appointment due to questions regarding the official’s current employment at City Hall.

He said that if the CSC confirms that Vicente may serve as both city engineer and college president, then he would sign the appointment papers.

De los Reyes also clarified that even though Vicente’s appointment was not signed, there was no vacuum of leadership in the city college.

Mayor as acting chief

He said he is currently the acting college president until the board will create a search committee that will appoint a permanent president.

De los Reyes said he had appointed himself as acting college president without waiting for the entire board’s decision.

Igo raman sila mupropose, pero ako gihapon ang final decision. Pareha ra na kung sila’y magdala sa sud-an, pero igo ra kung magluto (They propose and I decide. Think of it this way: they bring the food, and I’ll cook it),” De los Reyes said.

In a separate interview, Rep. Gerald Anthony Gullas Jr. (Cebu Province, first district) said that while he respects the mayor’s decision not to sign Vicente’s appointment papers, he couldn’t help but question it.

“I’m confused because it was he (de los Reyes) who personally chose Vicente to run the college,” Gullas added.

The board had appointed Vicente after the previous acting presidents Drs. Joseph Sol Galleon and Ester Velasquez decided to decline the post as well.

The quick turnover of presidents at the TCC followed a conflict between former acting presidents Richel Bacaltos and Dr. Paulus Mariae Cañete.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 26, 2014.

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