Curb corruption, Duterte tells Quitain-A A +A
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte ordered city administrator lawyer Melchor Quitain to handle and execute major development plans and concerns of the City Government, particularly in curbing corruption within government offices.
First on the chopping block are employees who do nothing but punch in and out for work, but are nowhere to be found in between. This will be one of the major concerns that Quitain will zero in after assuming his post as the city administrator.
"Nawawala mga empleyado eh, but this needs to be investigated," Quitain told reporters in an interview after the department head's meeting on Wednesday. "These are reports which reached my office. I cannot sweep that under the rug."
The first wave of duties for Quitain in his stint as the city administrator is about to start, as Duterte gave him a number of functions and broad powers that will take effect immediately.
"Considering the magnitude of the functions and duties of the city mayor and the need to provide appropriate action to any/or all matters that require urgent, as well as quick pro-active responses, there is a need to delegate some of the inherent powers, functions and duties of the City Mayor to the City Administrator," read the Executive Order (EO) 23.
The EO 23, which was signed by Duterte on September 9, listed a total of 22 broad powers.
The line-up of functions and duties that Quitain must act "with full authority and responsibility" include: maneuvering the formulation and implementation of the City Development Plan, preparing the executive and supplemental budgets of the city, ensuring that all taxes and other revenues are collected, and obligations of the city are being paid.
Other tasks are: issuing permits for holding charitable activities; requiring owners of illegally constructed houses, buildings or other structures to obtain the necessary permits and impose penalties in accordance with law or ordinance; adopting adequate measures to conserve the resources of the city; providing effective property and supply management in the city; instituting administrative or judicial proceedings for violation of ordinances in the collection of taxes, fees or charges; reviewing and evaluating all contract of services, purchase and acquisitions, infrastructure projects; ensuring the implementation of technical services, public works and infrastructure programs; and signing and approving purchase requests and orders, infrastructure contracts and all financial obligations of the City Government to other parties/entities chargeable against general fund, special education fund, and trust fund.
Duterte also directed Quitain to handle and monitor executive officials and employees of the city from authorizing official trips, approving leave applications, authorizing payment for medical or hospital fees while in the performance of their official duties, and to signing contract of services and job orders hired to perform specific tasks.
The mayor also designated Quitain to exercise general supervision and management of all officers and employees of the executive branch.
Meanwhile, Quitain gathered Wednesday the department heads, informing them of their functions in a brief meeting.
He also told them that he wanted to meet their respective administrative officers at 9 a.m. Thursday.
"I have called for a meeting of administrative officers because department heads are too busy with many matters to attend to. If there is anybody who is responsible for monitoring the activities of all the employees of any department, that's the job of an administrative officer," Quitain told reporters in an interview after the department heads meeting.
During the meeting, the department heads also raised various concerns regarding their offices.
At 9 a.m. Thursday, Quitain will be meeting the administrative officers of each department to account for all workers under their departments.
He said monitoring the activities of all the employees of any department is primarily the job of administrative officers.
He said department heads are too busy with many matters to attend to, thus, it is about time that administrative officers should exercise what the law mandates them.
He also said that he also wants these officers to ensure that all their co-employees are duly attending the flag ceremony every Monday morning.
"Kung pwede lang, they follow. (Pero) kung talagang matigas talaga ang ulo, the law has set penalties and we'll just implement what the laws call for. It's a matter of implementation," Quitain said.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 12, 2013.