Civil Service Commission affirms dismissal of Sorsogon City employee

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Permits and licensing chief Jose Pura, Jr. of LGU Sorsogon City. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
Former Permits and licensing chief Jose Pura, Jr. of LGU Sorsogon City. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

By Felix ‘Boy’ Espineda, Jr.

SORSOGON CITY, 24June 2013 (BicolToday.com)- The decision of Sorsogon City Mayor Leovic Dioneda dismissing from the service former Permits and Licensing Section chief Jose Pura Jr. was affirmed by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) when it promulgated late May this year Decision No. 13-0546 finding the respondent guilty of serious dishonesty, receiving for personal use for a fee, gift or other valuable things in the course of official duties and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service.

The dismissal order carries all accessory penalties of cancellation of eligibility, forfeiture of retirement benefits, perpetual disqualification from holding public office and bar from taking civil service examination.

The appeal of Pura through counsel was not given weight by the commission giving substance to the legitimacy of the proceedings conducted by the investigating committee created by the city mayor following the revelation of Councilor Victorino Daria III in his privilege speech on October 2011 alleging that Pura willfully and knowingly dispensed 230 Municipal Tricycle Operators Permits without the authority of the Sanggunian and the release of tricycle franchises was in exchange of a certain amount of money solicited by Pura to unknowing operators.

The complaint-affidavit of Daria alleges that respondent offered him 30,000 pesos as bribe money when it learned that the subject matter of his privilege speech is the unauthorized release of MTOP. The bribery attempt is to silence the east district councilor in taking the issue at the council plenary.

For dishonesty, the commission noted that a public servant must exhibit at all times the highest sence of honesty and integrity citing RA 6713, the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees saying that Pura failed to observed it.

In the instant of receiving for personal use of a fee, gift or other valuables things in the course of official duties, the commission noted that there was transfer of money from the agents to the hand of respondent official.

Pura was found to have disregarded the office standard procedure in the issuance of MTOP’s, his inordinate interest for its issuance and it was issued even without the corresponding franchise grant from the Sangguniang Panlungsod which is requisite.

Citing Section 5, Rule 1343, Rules of Court, the Commission said, though the complainant has the burden of proving, by substantial evidence the allegations in the complaint. Substantial evidence is that amount of relevant evidence which a reasonable ming might accept as adequate to justify a conclusion, thus it agrees with the conclusion of the hearing committee which was also adopted by the fdisciplining authority imposing Pura’s dismissal from the service.

With the aggravating circumstance, the Civil Service Commission gave Pura a scant consideration it applied Section 46 of the Revised Rules on Administrative Cases in the Civil Service (RRACCS), and Section 50, Rule X of the said RRACCS that carries the most serious charge. [BicolToday.com]

6 COMMENTS

  1. Nakakadismaya lang pag laog mo sa city hall very proud pa na ibugtak sa bulletin board ang list kan employees tas makikita mo mas damo pa ang absences than nilaog.

    Pero nagssweldo an..mga chief pa ang wara..aside sa may conflict of
    interest na cnda sa work kay cnda ang nag kukuwa kan mga projects or whatsoever na pwedeng pagkakitaan..pano kita sada maasenso?? sa provincial office nman ano daw ang ngyari pg laog mo sa office huna ko amo na ang provincial jail kay ang itsura sng opisina susmeo..BULOK as in bulok…pag huna ko nga karugtong din sng provincial office ang provincial hospital…wara asenso kung mismo mga offices sng mga pulitiko d maayos what more sa iba pa na ahensya?

  2. Good. para mawara na an ralagayan sa sorsogon city. an mga chief of office na pirme wara sa office, or late magsulod.
    awaton na dapat nag a-action an csc.
    gusto naton umasenso, dapat an tawo magmangno san sainda na diretso. laen pirme miloy mikuyon.
    kadamu san tawo wara man inhihimo. kadamu lamesa, doble doble an tawo.
    sige pa, hanap pa sin tawo na mga irog sadi. kadamu pa ninda. maski sa provincial capitol man.
    hay buhay pinas!

  3. Dios Marhay na aga sa gabos na taga BICOL!

    sana mahale na so mga empleyado s govt. na daeng pakinabang. Kung sisay pa so mga haralangkaw ang rate and those regular employee amo pa ang pirmeng wara sa office pano maasenso ang sorsogon kung may mga empleyado na ang pg isip lng kapakanan ninda.. Yaon pa ang damung raket kan mga empleyado..mas dakol pa so absences kesa pag laog sa office..sna yan ang mga haliun ang priority kan CSC..

  4. Taking the oath of office of as Local Government Unit (LGU) employee states faithful adherence to rights and responsibilities that is attached to the position appointed to; no room for corruption is allowed… this should be emphasized in the employee orientation.

  5. It’s about time CSC must act on cases like this. Good to know that an erring employee, chief at that, is dismissed after thorough evaluation of charges.

  6. FOR ONE, I SAY KUDOS TO THE CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION FOR THIS RULING.

    ONCE IN A WHILE, THE AGENCY PROVES ITS WORTH..UGH!kADAMU KAYA NA ISYU SA GOVT OFFICES NA DILI MASYADO NAREREPARO KAN KOMISYON NA INI.

    YADA NA AN RED TAPE,ISYU SA GHOST EMPLOYEES,DANGAN UNATHORISED ABSENCES KAN NAGKAPIRANG OPISYALES ASIN EMPLEYADO KAN GUBYERNO.

    OFFICIALS OF THE CSC MUST NOT CONFINE THEMESELVES AT THE FOUR CORNERS OF THEIR AIRCONDITIONED OFFICES.SO, MORE AND MORE ERRING PUBLIC SERVANTS COULD BE TAUGHT THE LESSONS THEY ALL DESERVE–THAT IS TO ATTAIN HIGHER SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY AND EDICATION TO SERVICE!!!

    They must come out of their shells to accomplish more!

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