CSC: Transfer of CPDO head not in order

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

THE Civil Service Commission (CSC) Regional Office in Western Visayas said the order transferring Bacolod City Planning and Development Office head Jean Ramos to the Economic Enterprise Office is not in order.

The memorandum order was issued by Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella on Agust 23, 2013.

CSC Director IV Rodolfo Encajonado, in a decision promulgated January 15, directed Puentevella to restore Ramos to her original station at the CPDO and allow her to perform the duties and responsibilities of her position as City Government Department Head II.


Ramos had filed a complaint for constructive dismissal against Puentevella and the City of Bacolod before the CSC, saying that her transfer to another office is illegal and motivated by politics and ill-will. [Read the related story.]

The complaint was treated as an appeal by the CSC.

Ramos said that last August 28, she received a memorandum from City Administrator Rolando Villamor informing her of her transfer to one of the offices of Economic Enterprise, which is the creation of a mere ordinance and not a department head position.

Ramos, a certified public accountant, and wife of former Councilor Dindo Ramos, was appointed by former Mayor Evelio Leonardia in February 16, 2013 as department head of the CPDO and her appointment was concurred by the City Council.

Dindo said they received the official copy of decision CSC on Tuesday.

Ramos said her own transfer to “one of the offices of Economic Enterprise” is clearly illegal since it was done without due process of law.

She said that simultaneous to the receipt of the memorandum for her transfer, was the issuance of the memorandum appointing her subordinate, Ana Ma. Carmen Principe, the officer-in-charge of the CPDO.

She added that her assignment to a mere office is a clear case of demotion as she was appointed as department head of the CPDO, a position which is created by a statute with defined and specific functions.

It also resulted in diminution in salary and benefit as she will be deprived of her monthly Representation Allowance and Transportation Allowance (Rata) in the total amount of P17,000 a month, she added.

She asked the CSC to direct the defendants to reinstate her to her previous position and pay her backwages, Rata, and other benefits from the time of her dismissal up to her actual reinstatement, as well as pay her moral damages of P500,000 and exemplary damages of P500,000.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on February 05, 2014.

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