Former MPSPc president grateful to supporters

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LUNA, Apayao – The former President of the State-run Mountain Province State Polytechnic College (MPSPC) expressed her gratitude to the leadership of the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC), the Solid North group of SUCs, the Cordillera Administrative Region Association of SUCs and all other individuals and groups who supported her and provided her with the moral support in her 3-year fight to rid the higher education institution with unprofessional employees who ruined her integrity through unfounded and baseless issues.

Dr. Nieves A. Dacyon, former MPSPC president and now Apayao State College (ASC) president, said the Cordillera office of the Civil Service Commission (CSC-CAR) did a fair and objective proceedings in handling the cases of the twelve dismissed professors as they were accorded all their rights to defend themselves in leading the failed July 1, 2011 siege that caused the unauthorized stoppage of public service rendered by the institution.

She cited the facts of the case as stated in the 46-page CSC-CAR decision convicting them of grave abuse of authority, grave misconduct and insubordination are clear that the cases against them were filed on December 1, 2012 after the failed mediation proceedings administered by the officials of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), which is contrary to their claim that the cases against them were filed earlier than the mediation proceedings.

“We are happy because the CSC-CAR ruled in our favor based on the facts and merits of the case. We are sad because those involved in the case continue to muddle the issue and mislead the people on what really happened then,” Dacyon stressed.

She recognizes the right of the convicted professors to appeal the CSC-CAR ruling but they should not resort to squid tactics just to hide the facts of the case that caused their eventual conviction for their misdeeds.

Dacyon said now that the facts and merits of the case had been highlighted in public, it is now up to the people to intelligently decide on who had been telling the truth and who had been lying to the people regarding the case, “ we leave the matter for our people to comprehend and not to twist the facts just to satisfy some quarters.”

Earlier, twelve college professors of the Mountain Province State Polytechnic College (MPSPC) were ordered dismissed from the service by the Cordillera office of the Civil Service Commission (CSC-CAR) after having been found guilty of grave misconduct, conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service and insubordination for leading a failed siege against the former president of the State-run higher education institution that resulted to the disruption and stoppage of public service on July 1, 2011.

In a 46-page decision promulgated last December 8, 2014, lawyer Marilyn E. Taldo, CSC-CAR regional director, named the dismissed MPSPC college professors as Dan Evert C. Sokoken, Sr., Dario F. Guinayen, Daniela P. Chumacog, Terrence Lief Fang-asan, Peter Puma-at, Eric F. Fulangen, Brueckner B. Aswigue, Jayson A. Omaweng, Charlie Wraykan S. Engngeg, Nellie B. Diaz, Beverly Ann B. Chaokas and Angelita D. Bayle, all faculty members of the MPSPC in this capital town.

Aside from being dismissed from the service, the twelve embattled professors were also meted the accessory penalties of cancellation of eligibility, forfeiture of retirement benefits, perpetual disqualification from holding public office and barred from taking civil service examinations.

On December 1, 2011  Dacyon filed a complaint against the dismissed professors allegedly on account of their either individual and/or collective acts as participants in a strike at MPSPC on July 1, 2011 which was joined by the community, students and MPSPC faculty members.

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