Civil Service suspends provincial employee for 1 year without pay


By Felix ‘Boy’ Espineda, Jr.

LEGAZPI CITY (Oct. 21. 2011/ – The Civil Service Commission in its promulgation of October 10, 2011 imposed a one year suspension without pay to Tiere Dagñalan, a Fiscal Examiner III of the Provincial Accountant Office of Sorsogon Province for Simple Neglect of Duty and for violation of Sec. 5(a) of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees (RA 6713).

The case was docketed as AC No. CSCRO5-D-06-021 and AC No. CSCRO5-D-06-22 and were resolved jointly being the same and intimately related as opined by the Commission legal services division. In both administrative cases, respondent Dagñalan was found guilty.

The administrative cases was filed by Fulton Baylon against respondent Dagñalan when the fiscal examiner was plucked-out from the provincial accountant office and was made as acting city accountant during the term of then city mayor Sally Lee. The detail came on the heels of a bitter political rivalry of the camps of Lee and Dioneda during the six year term of the lady mayor at Sorsogon city hall. At a certain time, Dagñalan was left in the cold by his political patrons for reasons only known to them.

The complaint arose from the letter request of Baylon on December 28, 2005 for a copy of specific disbursement of public money of the Sanggunian Panglungsod for the committee hearing expenses and advertisement and publication and /or subscription and communication under account code 772 from then OIC-City Accountant Tiery Dagñalan which was given a run-a-round because of Office Memo 05-2002, issued by then city administrator Atty. Manuel Fortes, Jr.

The decision put to rest the notion that office memorandums curtailing the public appetite to secure public records during office hours cannot be a rule to negate and curtail the intention of RA 6713, specifically the duty of public officials that all public documents must be made accessible to, and readily available for inspection by the public during office hour. This was explicit in the decision. Adding the burden to respondent failure to comply with a simple request and the delay attendant to the request, the Commission is serving notice that a mere office memorandum cannot disregard a statute enacted by Congress.

The promulgated decision in not yet final and executory for the respondent has the reglamentary period to file his motion for reconsideration. At present Dagñalan is back at the provincial accounting office. The decision was signed by Cecilia Nieto, Director IV of the CSC, R5.

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