An investigating committee created by Mayor Sara Duterte is investigating up to 50 cases lodged against city government employees.
“We have 50 plus cases for this year, under fact finding or preliminary investigation,” Atty. Enrique Bonocan said during yesterday’s iSpeak Media Forum at City Hall.
The cases under preliminary investigation relate to the employees’ attendance, filling and filing of the daily time record and other cases which Bonocan refused to divulge since these are still under preliminary investigation.
“If found guilty, the committee will submit a recommendation to the mayor, and if she signs then the employee will be penalized,” he said.
Those wanting to file complaints against any city government employee for valid reasons should write their complaints under oath and submit these to the city mayor’s office. However, there are instances when the complainant can just write a letter and the committee will ask the complainant to sign it under oath.
Anonymous complaints will also be entertained, he said, but the committee will have to verify these through surveillance and fact-finding. If found valid, prosecutors will file the complaint.
“Light offenses are punishable by reprimand or suspension for a few days,” he said. Less grave offenses are punishable by a longer suspension, he said, while grave offenses are punishable by dismissal from service.
A similar investigating committee already existed during the time of then mayor, now president Rodrigo Duterte. Around ten employees were dismissed from service during that time.
The investigating committee is headed by City Legal Office Chief Atty, Osmundo Villanueva, Jr., with Assistant City Administrator Lawrence Bantiding and Human Resources Management Office Chief Erwin Alparaque as members.
The committee is tasked to conduct investigations pursuant to Rule 8 of the Revised Rules on Administrative cases in the Civil Service (RRACCS), and Section 86 of Republic Act 7610 or the Local Government Code of the Philippines, It also has the power to conduct the necessary proceedings, conferences, hearings, among others, to address complaints against local employees.
Upon investigation, the committee is tasked to submit its findings and recommendations to the city mayor. Sara assigned three Special Administrative Prosecutors who will be authorized to prosecute during the administration proceeding. Aside from Bonocan, the other prosecutors are Marlisa Gallo, and Janis Lous Esparcia. Lovely A. Carillo