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DPWH finally resolved 21-month old controversy Bicol vacancy post


By Manly M. Ugalde

LEGAZPI CITY, Albay – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has finally resolved the 2 year- controversy in Bicol Regional office involving the much sought and hotly contested post at the Construction Division occupied by an engineer in acting capacity despite of a resolution from the Central Selection Board (CSB) ignored by a former regional director.

On Thursday (Oct. 24), Albay 2nd District Engineering assistant district engineer Eleanor Areola finally assumed her post as chief of the Construction Division, vice Engr. Cornelio Relativo who returned to the Quality Control Division as asst. division chief.

Both Areola and Relativo cannot be contacted for comment.

Recently appointed Bicol regional director Virgilio Eduarte said that the deliberation result from his office for the contenders regarding the unfilled promotion for the construction division post have been completed as early as the first week of October and sent immediately to the Secretary for action. Eduarte assumed his post on August 27.

It will be recalled that the CSB on its Sept. 10, 2017 resolution found Areola on top of the list among the four contenders for promotion for the vacant Engineer 5 item to handle the post of the construction division. She was followed by asst. construction division chief Marilou Sariba (2nd), Engr. Benjamin Buitre (3rd), and Cornelio Relativo (4th), who is the construction division OIC since February 9, 2017. The construction post was rendered vacant following the retirement of Engr. Godofredo Beltran in 2016.

Right on the day the CSB resolution was released on September 10, Secretary Mark Villar immediately gives his marching order to implement, according to CSB head and asst. secretary for Support Services Elizabeth Yap.

Report said that following the release of the CSB resolution, the former regional director Danilo Versola had offered a district engineer post for Areola in case of a vacancy in the region for Relativo to continue dispensing his duty at the construction post. Areola, however, said there was no assurance whether she would get the district engineer post that she told her director she was ready to assume the construction post anytime.

Then regional director Danilo Tagudando appointed Ralativo as his construction division OIC on February 9, 2017 which DPWH 5 legal officer Oliver Rodulfo charged as questionable pending his complaint tossed to the Office of the Ombudsman in relation to Relativo’s alleged hasty promotion to Engineer 4, to occupy the asst. division chief vacancy at the Quality Control Division.

On February 23 last year, Secretary Mark Villar relieved Tagudando and reassigned to the central office. On March 8, Versola assumed his post in Bicol as regional director.

Following the September 10 CSB resolution, Relativo immediately filed a motion for reconsideration citing points, credits, performance and his experience as OIC. But the CSB in its revalidation review based on Relativo’s motion still found Areola on top of the list followed by Sariba, Buitre and Relativo on the 4th.

The delay in the implementation of the CSB resolution was prompted by a memorandum of Director Versola on Sept. 11, 2017 asking to delay the filling of the promotion for the vacant Engineer 5, chief construction division and to remand documents to the regional office for them to conduct their own deliberation, documents showed. Versola retired on August 6, however, without his promised deliberation for the construction post.

Versola succeeded Tagudando on March 8, 2017 after the latter was relieved and reassigned by Villar in Manila.

On August 27, Villar appointed Engr. Virgilio C. Eduarte as Bicol regional director who immediately opened the vacancy for promotion to Engineer 5 for the construction division post. Following the speedy deliberation on the contenders for the construction post, Eduarte disclosed the deliberation result have already been sent to Manila as early as the first week of October. [BicolToday.com]

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