6 CTO employees yet to receive suspension order-A A +A
Thursday, October 24, 2013
DAVAO City assistant city administrator for operations Atty. Jhopee Avanceña-Agustin said on Thursday that the six erring City Treasurer's Office (CTO) employees, who figured in the irregularities involving millions of unremitted taxes, have yet to receive the six-month preventive suspension order.
This after Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte issued last October 21 the order, which recommended the suspension of the six employees.
"I-veverify ko pa kung na receive na nila yung preventive suspension," Agustin said, adding the suspension takes effect as soon as the employees receive the order.
She said there was a probable cause to charge the employees with grave misconduct, although she refused to divulge the exact amount involved.
"For each employee kasi, iba-iba ang money involved. Yung iba separate charges. Iba yung facts nila," Agustin said.
The investigating panel, composed of Lawyers Tristan Dwight P. Domingo, Agustin and City Legal Office (CLO) head Osmundo Villanueva Jr. sitting as chair is set to meet next week to start the investigation against the erring employees.
Agustin said Duterte has certified the investigation urgent.
"Kahit ako, when I was the acting city administrator, I advised the City Legal Office na bilisan pero yun na nga may mga documents pa an hinintay," she said.
The investigating committee that Duterte created is also the same panel who will conduct administrative proceedings relative to the complaints made against employees of the City Government of Davao.
"In his desire to put into place an effective and impartial system to conduct proper administrative proceedings to address complaints made against City Government of Davao employees, the city mayor recognizes the need to create an investigating committee," read the Executive Order 37, which Duterte inked on October 18. (Arianne Caryl N. Casas)
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 25, 2013.