Local treasurers ordered suspended, dismissed

Posted in: Press Releases- Jul 29, 2011 Comments Off on Local treasurers ordered suspended, dismissed

Six local treasurers were either suspended or dismissed by the Finance department after separate findings from the Office of the Ombudsman.

In separate endorsements, Finance Undersecretary Carlo A. Carag of the Revenue Operations and Legal Affairs Group ordered the immediate suspension of municipal treasurers Melinda C. Torres and Moises V. Magallona, Jr., and city treasurer Oscar P. Parungao.

Likewise, Carag, whose group is also in charge of the Revenue Integrity Protection Service (RIPS), the anti-corruption unit of the department, ordered the dismissal of municipal treasurers Ma. Elena A. Cabauatan, Adoracio T. Caparros and Elizabeth G. Mendoza.

The orders were submitted to the Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF), the department’s unit overseeing local government treasurers.

“You are hereby enjoined to strictly implement the decision of the Ombudsman… Let it be known further that refusal or failure of any officer without just cause to comply with an order… to remove, suspend, demote, fine, or censure shall be ground for disciplinary action against the said officer,” the endorsement dated July 15 read.

Cases against the treasurers were filed by various individuals and agencies for different offenses. The suspension of Parungao and Magallona, treasurers in San Fernando, Pampanga and Maasim, Saranggani, respectively, were ordered after they were found guilty of simple neglect of duty, and simple misconduct and conduct grossly prejudicial to service.

Parungao and Magallona were suspended for one month and nine months, respectively, without pay.

Torres, on the other hand, was placed under preventive suspension for six months without pay during the hearing of her case, where she was charged with dishonesty by the Ombudsman for Luzon. Torres is the municipal treasurer at Gainza, Camarines Sur.

“This is by reason of strong evidence of guilt for dishonesty against the respondent,” the endorsement read.

Meanwhile, serious dishonesty and grave misconduct were the grounds for the dismissal of Caparros, and Mendoza, treasurers of Guinayangan, Quezon and Valderama, Antique. The same was noted for Cabauatan, former treasurer of Bocaue, Bulacan who is now assigned at the BLGF regional office in Pampanga.

Carag said the immediate implementation of the Ombudsman’s orders is a testament of the Aquino administration’s commitment to fight corruption.

He encouraged the public to help in the run against corrupt government officials through the Pera ng Bayan Web site (www.perangbayan.com), assuring them of swift action from the department.

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