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Saturday, June 16, 2007

Teacher hits sale of appointments

By Florante S. Solmerin - Manila Standard Today

A PUBLIC schoolteacher accused education officials in Olongapo City of selling teaching positions within their jurisdiction and urged the Department of Education to investigate the complaint she filed with the Ombudsman.

In her complaint, teacher Judith Olayvar Pasustento claimed she paid schools division superintendent Ligaya Monato and assistant schools division superintendent Naomi Arzadon P25,000 in exchange for an appointment to a permanent teaching position in Olongapo.

“I’m a licensed teacher and it was my dream and desire to serve in the Department of Education only to find out a few bad eggs in the biggest government agency,” Pasustento said in a telephone interview. “I had set aside my pride, sacrificed my dignity when I agreed to pay the amount of P25,000 to get a permanent teaching position and only to be humiliated in the end in front of other teachers.”

She claimed Arzadon collected the P25,000 allegedly on orders of Monato.

“On Dec. 8, 2006, I was requested by ASDS Naomi Arzadon to report to her personally at 20 Basa St., West Tapinac, Olongapo City and, together with my husband, were advised to give an amount of P25,000 in exchange of a permanent teaching position and as an initial payment we’ve to pay an amount of P15,000 before the end of December and the balance to be paid not later than January 2007,” Pasustento said in her complaint.

After that meeting, Pasustento claimed that Monato issued an appointment letter dated Dec. 11 last year for the position of volunteer teacher of Barretto II Elementary School, Olongapo District III.

She said things went smoothly after she made the payment, but she confided the situation to school principal Josephine Lising, who apparently reported the matter to the school division.

On Dec. 27, an angry Arzadon stormed the school looking for Lising and Pasustento. Arzadon allegedly accosted Pasustento and the principal and gave back the money to Pasustento.

Arzadon also allegedly told Pasustento that she was blacklisted and would not likely get her permanent appointment.

Because of the incident, Pasustento brought the issue to the office of the DepEd regional director on Dec. 29. and she accusedthe two district officials of grave misconduct.

She later filed a complaint before the Office of the Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon on Jan. 2.

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