PTA head dismayed over his ‘removal’ from office-A A +A
Monday, March 31, 2014
THE president of the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) of a public school here cried foul after he was removed from his position without due process allegedly orchestrated by some people within the school’s ranks.
Edwin Adriano, City Central School (CCS) PTA president for the school year 2013-2014, was dismayed by the decision of the CCS administration to oust him from his presidency abruptly and without even following the proper procedure.
Adriano said he was shocked when no one appeared at the scheduled CCS-PTA general assembly that he called for on Saturday, March 29.
A notice dated March 26, 2014 that was posted beside the CCS entrance gate announced the CCS-PTA gathering will take place at the school’s covered court today, March 31.
The notice was signed by CCS principal Celso Pagulon and Dante Mabayo, who was identified in the same notice as the CCS-PTA president, but who Adriano confirmed as the association’s vice president.
“What they did was illegal,” Adriano said, adding that no one but the CCS-PTA general assembly can elect an official, since the general assembly is more powerful than the CCS-PTA board, which is composed of parents and teachers.
Adriano said he could not find any reason for his ouster since he was elected to office but he suspected that some individuals don’t want him to inform the CCS-PTA general assembly of the real financial situation of the association.
Adriano said had the general assembly been pushed through last Saturday he could have told the parents the various issues now hounding the CCS-PTA involving, he alleged, some of the teachers at City Central School.
One of those issues, he said, is the proceeds of the Master and Miss Christmas 2013 fund-raising activity amounting to some P306,888.65, which was, Adriano claimed, deposited to the bank account of the teachers.
In a PTA document furnished to this paper, it stated that from the gross proceeds (P306,888.65), half of it (P153,444,33) went to the parents, 30 percent (P92,066.60) to the classroom, and the remaining 20 percent (P61,377.73) to the school.
According to a March 25, 2014 letter addressed to Pagulon, Elena Borcillo, the city’s schools division superintendent, ordered the CCS principal and the teachers who are in the CCS-PTA board of directors to comply with the directives she issued.
“The directives issued by this office dated January 29, 2014 and February 26, 2014 enjoined the school principal and the Board of Directors of City Central School Parents-Teachers Association (teachers) to commit (sic) the prohibited acts and comply [with] the directives embodied in the resolution of the PTA Affairs Committee dated January 17, 2014,” Borcillo’s letter reads.
She added that as of March 25, “only the submission of the audited financial report (without the official receipts to support the disbursements) of the Master and Miss Christmas 2013 was complied with. To reiterate, the school principal and the PTA Board of Directors of City Central School are directed once again to comply the directives of this office.”
Borcillo’s letter itemized some of the “prohibited acts” committed based on existing Department of Education (DepEd) policies.
In her letter, Borcillo clarified that depositing of PTA funds to the teachers’ bank account is “prohibited.”
“The following are prohibited acts and the concerned personnel are directed to comply:
1. Return of the sharing of the PTA funds from Master and Miss Christmas 2013 share to the school administration, CCENTIA [a CCS teachers’ organization] and to the teachers which is illegal under DepEd Order No. 54, s. 2009;”
“2. Prohibition of selling of books;
“3. Tutorials FOR FREE using the school facilities;
“4. Submission of documents and expenses incurred, disbursements supported with official receipts as regards the Master and Miss Christmas 2013;
“5. For PTA Board, opening of bank account and posting of PTA disbursements in a PTA Transparency Board of all expenses incurred relative to the Master and Miss Christmas 2013;
“6. For the school administration, posting of expenses incurred through MOOE funds and school canteen share and its disbursements supported with official receipts.”
Borcillo also directed Pagulon to issue an order to all CCS teachers enjoining them “to cease and desist from committing or participating [in] any of the above-mentioned prohibited activities.”
Adriano admitted that at present the PTA has no bank account of its own but the teachers could have advised the parents to open a bank account through a resolution instead of keeping the PTA money under their (teachers’) account.
At press time, Pagulon has not yet made an official statement explaining the issues concerned.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on March 31, 2014.