No more pay for college president

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

TALISAY City College Acting President Richel Bacaltos will no longer receive salaries and his transactions will no longer be honored by the City Government.

This, after Talisay City Mayor Johnny de los Reyes implemented his executive order removing Bacaltos as city college president and replacing him with Mandaue City College (MCC) president Paulus Mariae Canete.

But Bacaltos said he will continue to remain as TCC acting president as long as the college’s Board of Trustees has not decided on his fate.


In a press conference, de los Reyes said that while the Board of Trustees has yet to
convene, he has decided to enforce the executive order replacing Bacaltos.

Lawyer Alfredo Sipalay, Talisay City Legal Officer, told reporters that Bacaltos is no longer receiving his monthly salary since Feb. 3.


He said that aside from Bacaltos’ salary, all transactions that he makes in behalf of the City College will no longer be entertained by the City.

Sipalay also urged the students and faculty of the city college to address their business to the city’s authorized college president.

He said that despite the 30-day grace period that Bacaltos asked, the City Government will continue to implement the executive order against the acting TCC president.


In a separate interview yesterday, Bacaltos said that while de los Reyes is the chairman of the Board of Trustees, the decision to replace him should be up to the entire body.

“The city mayor should convene the Board first and let them decide if there is a need for me to be replaced,” Bacaltos said.

Bacaltos said it was only yesterday that he knew he would no longer receive his salary.

Based on his contract, he earns P45,000 a month as TCC president.

Bacaltos said that what de los Reyes did was illegal because he refused to heed to the
authority of the Board of Trustees in handling his case.

Last week, de los Reyes issued an order to replace Bacaltos as TCC president after getting authority from the Board of Trustees.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 12, 2014.

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