DILG-11 recommends investigation before Ombudsman vs Davao Oriental town mayor

 

DAVAO CITY, Feb. 12 (PNA) — The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) regional office here has recommended before the Office of the Ombudsman for Mindanao the conduct of a thorough investigation against Mayor William Dumaan of Caraga town in Davao Oriental.

DILG 11 regional director Francisco Jose confirmed that his office has already received numerous complaints against Dumaan over alleged anomalous transactions and irregularities and that he took cognizance of them by forwarding them to the Ombudsman.

“It is true that we received several complaints and we found them to be substantial. Thus, we recommend an investigation by the Ombudsman,” Jose said.

He said it is up to the Ombudsman now to act on their recommendation and as to what sanction it would impose to the municipal mayor once it is found liable for the charges.

Earlier, town employees signed a manifesto to express their dismay over the alleged irregularities perpetrated by the present administration of Dumaan.

“We, the employees of Caraga, Davao Oriental, wish to express our great dismay over the irregularities that are taking place in the LGU (Local Government Unit) transactions, among other things the non-remittance of our GSIS (Government Social and Insurance System) premiums, loan repayments, BIR withholding tax, housing amortization and other insurance coverage,” they said in the manifesto, a copy of which was obtained from municipal assessor Mark Anthony Mocam, who was also one of the signatories.

The manifesto said that due to the failure of the LGU to remit the employees’ GSIS premiums and loan repayments, they were not able to avail of the Emergency Loan offered by the State Insurance to the victims of super typhoon Pablo.

It also said aside from being denied of the emergency loan, they have been for quite a long time suffering from financial worries because of the non-remittance.

“Lingering questions from all of us now include: Who will shoulder the interest rate, the penalties and surcharges caused by non-remittance? What will happen to receivables of the would-be retiring? What future is in store for us who have outstanding loans with the State Insurance?” they said.

They said they have experienced similar situation year after year and that with this perennial problem, they are asking other government agencies like the Office of the Ombudsman, Department of Interior and Local Government, and Commission on Audit, among others to help them resolve the crisis.

On September 12, 2012, GSIS branch manager Bai Cerynea Biruar-Aquino forwarded a formal letter addressed to Mayor Dumaan over the failure of the local government to pay the compulsory premiums, personal share and government share and employees’ compensation amounting to P4,358,147 from the period March 2011 to September 2012.

Aside from that, Dumaan also allegedly used his influence as mayor to engage in anomalous transactions including the use of a P32-million fund to purchase infrastructure equipment without undergoing bidding process.

The mayor also reportedly pocketed other funds that should have been intended for several projects in the municipality. (PNA)
LAP/ANTHONY S. ALLADA/LDP/SSC

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