SAN VICENTE, Palawan — The San Vicente Municipal Council has blocked the appointment of the head of the town’s Municipal Risk Reduction Management Office (MDRRMO), citing “lack of qualifications to hold the office”.
Town mayor Amy Roa Alvarez, daughter of Palawan governor Jose Chaves Alvarez, in a statement posted on Facebook, said that she was “embarrassed” by the “aggressive tact” of the Council to question her appointing power based on the Local Government Code.
“I am saddened by this aggressive tact of the Sangguniang Bayan in posting the Resolution in its Facebook page even after they have already sent the hard copy to my office. Posting a scathing resolution instead of dealing with me on a personal and mature level. I really feel embarrassed,” Alvarez said.
Alvarez pointed out that Orlando Estoya’s appointment as MDRRMO chief was sanctioned by the Personnel Selection Board (PSB).
“I have done nothing wrong. It has even forbidden me from performing my legal responsibilities and this is unjustified. I did exactly this. I appointed the head of the MDRRMO. I acted within my authority,” Alvarez said.
The Municipal Council on Wednesday, in a 7-2 vote, blocked Estoya’s appointment for the third time, through Resolution No. 2020-054.
The Council contended that Estoya lacked commitment to the public interest, and lacked the qualifications to hold the office, particularly on the requisite work experience mandated by Municipal Ordinance No. 2019-07, which created the position, and the implementing guidelines for the establishment of local DRRMOs anchored on R.A 10121 otherwise known as the Philippines Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010.
“The council is gravely concerned that the reappointment of Estoya as MDRRMO would cause great damage and prejudice to this municipality and other public interest, and division in the leadership,” the resolution said.
Estoya maintained that he had the qualifications and reiterated that he merely wanted to help the municipal administration.
“It is sad dahil I really want to help our administration in implementing her programs and projects. I really believe I possess the qualifications na prescribed ng batas. I hope those na questioning my qualification can start to open their minds and not be blinded with their sentiments and emotions,” Estoya said.
The Council earlier passed Resolution Nos. 2020-048 and 2020-051 rejecting the appointment of Estoya. However, he was reappointed on April 27, or two days after Resolution No. 2020-51 was received by Alvarez. (with reports from Genn Magdayao)