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DepEd, Ombuds asked to probe Davao City school principal

800px-Saint_Francis_Xavier_Parish_Church,_Tibungco,_Davao_City (1)BY ROGER M. BALANZA

A school principal in Davao City is facing two charges for allegedly dipping her fingers into funds of the school parents-teachers association and for meddling in the affairs of the Parents-Teachers Association (PTA) of F. Bustamante National high School in Tibungco, Bunawan District.

Facing the twin complaints is Dr. Marieta Munez, school principal of one of Davao City’s biggest public high school.

The complaints were signed in behalf of the parents and teachers by PTA president Nelson Bernaldez, assistant secretary Jocelyn Marcelino and treasurer Leonora Nasa.

MALOOY TAWON KA MADAM PRINCIPAL. Where will these students go to relieve themselves? The F. Bustamante National high School’s poor toilet facility has been rehabilitated by the Parents-Teachers Association  (PTA) but principal Dr. Marietta Munez doesnot want the PTA to pay a contractor hired to clean up two large septic tanks.

MALOOY TAWON KA MADAM PRINCIPAL. Where will these students go to relieve themselves? The F. Bustamante National high School’s poor toilet facility has been rehabilitated by the Parents-Teachers Association (PTA) but principal Dr. Marietta Munez doesnot want the PTA to pay a contractor hired to clean up two large septic tanks.

In the affidavit-complaint filed on May 14, 2014 before the Office of the Ombudsman for Mindanao, copy of which was furnished to Regional Director Gloria Benigno of the Department of Education (DepEd), Dr. Munez is alleged to have bled the PTA of funds worth more than P100,000 and did not submit a liquidation report for the funds spent on seminars she and other teachers attended.

Dr. Munez also has not liquidated large funds  released through her as the PTA financial support to school activities.

The complaint said Dr. Munez refused to submit a liquidation report for the funds released through her office on claims that the funds are covered by PTA resolutions and not subject for liquidation.

A legal officer at the DepEd regional office who asked anonymity said Dr. Munez may have violated DepEd rules by using PTA funds that should be solely used for projects and expenses involving student concerns. The official said DepEd has funds for principals and teachers attending seminars and trainings.

The complaint also accused teacher Sally Aro, chairman of the PTA audit committee, of using PTA fund for her personal use.

Aro, according to asst. secretary Marcelino and treasurer Nasa in an interview, has been conniving with Dr. Munez in the anomalies. Aro, they said, refused to turn over to the PTA booklets of Official Receipts in her possession as chair of the audit committee, hindering the PTA president and treasurer from accomplishing the 2013-2014 Financial Report.

Aro’s refusal also hampered the PTA from calling a General Assembly set in March because they have no Financial Report and accomplishment report to present to the parents and teachers.  

In the complaints, the PTA officials also accused Dr. Munez of interfering in the implementation of PTA projects especially in her use of her influence to prevent the PTA from paying a private contractor hired by PTA in the rehabilitation of two septic tanks of the school.

In their complaints, the PTA officers pleaded to the DepEd and the Ombudsman to take immediate action against Dr. Munez.

Parents seek Duterte’s 

help vs. Dr. Munez

Worried that the ‘crisis’ at F. Bustamante National High School would affect the orderly opening of classes next month, parents are appealing to Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to intervene in the conflict involving the school principal and the Parents-Teachers Association (PTA).

Officers of the Bustamante PTA have filed charges involving funds of the association and for meddling in PTA affairs against school principal Dr. marieta Munez.

The charges were filed this month before the Office of the Ombudsman for Mindanao and the Department of Education Region Eleven (DepEdXI).

A parent Mrs. Anna, who asked her family name not be mentioned to protect her two children studying in Bustamante, said: Unta motabang si Mayor niini nga krisis.

She said the conflict between the principal and the PTA is a bad show to the young minds of the students and could affect the orderly opening of classes in June.

She hoped that the mayor’s intervention could end the crisis as soon as possible.

But Mrs. Anna supported the PTA in improving the toilet facility of the school, which is hounded by clogged toilets.

Accordingly, Dr. Munez prevented the PTA from paying a septic tank servicing company which was hired by the PTA to clean up two large septic tanks of the school toilet facility.

Mrs. Anna said Bustamante’s lack of toilet facility is a major concern for years of the parents and students.

Unta dawaron ni principal Munez nga ang gihimo sa PTA alang sa kaayohan sa mga kabataan, she said.

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