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Sunday, September 17, 2006

Ombudsman suspends 3 erring high school principals

By Norman Bordadora -- Inquirer

THE Ombudsman on Thursday suspended three public high school principals for separate offenses ranging from illegal collection of fees to the listing of ghost student-athletes and the maintenance of a private kindergarten right inside the premises of a government school.

Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez placed on preventive suspension high school principals Eleanor Abisado of Taguig National High School, Helen Aggabao of Olongapo City National High School and Virginia Bermudez of Ramon Avanceña High School.

The Ombudsman found probable cause against Abisado for alleged unauthorized collection of fees, grave abuse of authority, grave misconduct, oppression and dishonesty, said Assistant Ombudsman Mark Jalandoni, who chairs the Ombudsman’s Task Force Sapak-Gutierrez’s program against graft and corruption in the public school system.

Abisado allegedly pocketed unauthorized fees from students. She also allegedly certified that a senior bookkeeper and two utility personnel at the Taguig school were members of the teaching staff so they could collect benefits that are exclusively for teachers.

Aggabao, on the other hand, is charged with collecting unauthorized school fees and contributions, as well as rental fees from stall owners in the school canteen, without issuing official receipts. She also allegedly charged students 15 pesos an hour for computers that were donated by a congressman to the school.

The Olongapo high school principal was also cited for establishing a preparatory school right inside the government high school. The private pre-school reportedly charged pupils 6,000 pesos per year and used the services of the high school’s teachers.

At the same time, Bermudez was charged with dishonesty, grave misconduct, falsification of public documents and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service.

The principal was cited for alleged irregularities in the disbursement of a 96,000 pesos fund given by the city government of Manila to cover the transportation and meal allowances of her school’s student-participants in the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2005 Southeast Asian Games


  • It so unfair for a hardworking Principal like me to be given unfair and unjust judgement like the publicized suspension order.I, together with 10 teachers were not given due process. We are all now suffering in anguish for a case we never knew. I hope our side will be given a chance to be publicized to just to save our faces from humiliation perpetrated by malicious , ungrateful and incompetent people in Olongapo City National High. Is it Dishonesty and Grave Misconduct if you only heed to the call of the Department of Education Secretary to initiate projects and be self sufficient ? Is it fair to be ordered suspended without due process? If School principals would be prosecuted by enjoining civic spirited parents and citizens to help the school put up a nice Food Court facilities, Internet Facilities, and a Special Education Center without government funds involved , there would be a burn out among us. I hope my message will be conveyed to the proper authorities....HELEN B. AGGABAO

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/22/2006 4:59 PM  

  • Having a fee for usage of internet facilities is normal, actually, it happens in all schools, including Gordon College, the only difference is that the fees were collected upon enrollment and they were recorded in their internet card everytime students use the facility. Wonder why JacksonHigh principal was singled out in this case . . .

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/22/2006 8:41 PM  

  • hindi makatarungan ang ginawang news release at ang ginawang charge sa principal ng ocnhs dahil hindi tama ang imbestigasyon... hiundi balanse at namili lang ng mga taong ininterview... at nandamay pa sila ng 10ng mga guro at non-teaching personnel....

    sana ay hindi naging biased ang mga newspaper na naglathala ng ganitong hindi balanseng pamamahayag.dapat ay kinuha din nila muna ang panig ng mga principals
    dapat ay mabigyan ng pagkakataon
    ang ocnh principal at iba pang mga principal na nabanggit na ipaliwanag ang kanilang posisyon.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/25/2006 4:52 PM  

  • tama lang ang ginawa ni madam aggabao sa pagsasaayos ng mga kantina... gayun din ng mga internet center sa school. mas lalong naging self-sufficient ang school dahil sa income genetrating project na mga ito at hindi na kailangan pang umasa sa national budget or sa kung kanino pa hihingi ng funds from other govt egencies o politiko. marami na ngang universities at schools sa manila at sa buong kapuluan ang ginagamit na ang kanilang school area sa business opportunities para matustusan ang lumalaking budget ng school for innovations, technology at para sa kapakanan ng mga guro empleado at sa kanilang mga estudiante.

    ang ulong gurong si madam aggabao ay masipag, matalino at may pangarap na mapabuti pang lalo ang paaralan.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/25/2006 5:00 PM  

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