Seventeen department heads of the Province of Davao del Sur resigned en masse starting August 4, on the very day Governor Douglas Cagas started reporting for office.
Cagas was incarcerated for two years over a murder case he is facing but has posted bail Wednesday, August 3.
In their resignation letter addressed to Gov. Cagas, the 17 department heads said that they can “no longer carry out effectively and efficiently” their duties and functions considering that they “don’t share the same perspective in terms of advocating true and genuine public service, and in upholding sustainable developmental programs to benefit all sectors of the entire province regardless of political beliefs and affiliations”.
The department heads who tendered their irrevocable resignation were Robert Bellarmine Bajo (Planning and Development Office), Ma. Cecilia Domingo (Budget Office), Dorothy Joy Angeles Ramos (Provincial Accountant), Nally Bangoy (Assistant Provincial Agriculturist), Dr. Nestor Barroga (Veterinary Office), Engr. Gilbert Algaba (Engineering Office), Esterlita Hermosisima (Social Welfare and Development Office), Rodilla Penas (Supervising Administrative Officer), Dr. Glinard Quezada (Chief of Hospital), Dr. Emerson Taghoy (Internal Medicine), Cecille Gretchen Nawal (Assistant Provincial Treasurer), Genaro Dumayas ( General Services Office), Harry Chester Camoro (PDRRMC), Pedro Benedicto Pabalan (Project Evaluation Officer), Dimples Lapaz (HRMO), Engr. Eddie Pascua (Statistician), and Jose Rey Lapaz (Laboratory Technician).
The department heads however said that politics has nothing to do with their decision to resign. Robert Bajo said their decision stemmed from the fact that they are more comfortable working with Davao Occidental Governor Claude Bautista who used to be the governor of Davao del Sur before Cagas.
It was learned that Gov. Bautista is ready to offer position to the resigned department heads. The governor said though that they will have to start from the bottom since the law mandates that plantilla positions are only for those who actually resides in Davao Occidental.
Bautista also denied that he was behind the mass resignation. He revealed though that about 300 employees from Davao del Sur have signified their intention to work in Davao Occidental. Gov. Bautista said he could not accommodate all of them though as he also do not want to paralyze the operation of the provincial government of Davao del Sur under Cagas.
DAVAO OCCIDENTAL GOVERNOR CLAUDE BAUTISTA