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January 12, 2017 12:50 AM

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE DEPARTMENT of Education (DepEd) has preventively suspended Iloilo Schools Division Superintendent Myrna S. Castillo for three months over alleged act of nepotism.

In an order issued by Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones and dated Dec. 13, 2016, DepEd suspended Castillo for 90 days pending the investigation of the nepotism charge filed against her.

The DepEd Iloilo head was charged for allegedly appointing her nephew, Arman Glenn Lapor, as education program specialist II.

DepEd administratively charged Castillo for violation of Section 2 (dd) or nepotism in relation to Section 58 A. No. 12 of DepEd Order No. 49 series of 2006 and Section 46 No. 11 of Revised Rules on Administrative Cases in the Civil Service (RRACCS).

Nepotism is the practice among those with power or influence of favoring relatives or friends, especially by giving them jobs.

“After careful evaluation and review of the complaint and the evidence on record, this Office finds the existence of a prima facie case against you to warrant the filing of an administrative charge,” the order said.

Castillo was given five days from receipt of the order to submit her answer to the charge, in writing and under oath, including affidavit of her witness or witness and documentary evidence, and to manifest whether she elects a formal investigation.

She was also advised to her right to the assistance of a counsel of her choice.

“Your failure to answer the charge within the period provided herein and/or elect a formal investigation, should your answer be found unsatisfactory, constitutes a waiver on your part to file answer and/or elect a formal investigation, hence, this Office will resolve the case based on the records available,” the order further stated.

The copy of the formal charge was furnished to the office of DepED-6 OIC-Regional Director Ma. Gemma Ledesma.

The Daily Guardian tried to reach Castillo and Ledesma for confirmation but they did not reply to calls and text messages.