ROXAS CITY, Capiz – “Members of my family appointed in the provincial capitol are working employees and living not for the position they have presently held.”
This was the statement of Capiz Gov. Antonio del Rosario as he denied the nepotism charge filed by Essex Quintia against him before the Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas recently.
Del Rosario was referring to his sisters Carmen Andrade, the Capitol’s sports and business affairs head, and Melanie Arancillo, hospital management unit head.
The governor said fees and collections in the two offices have been increasing because of good management.
“There should be a comparison between the past and present administrations so that we can see what is different,” he said, adding that his relatives’ appointments to capitol posts are all coterminous or will expire when his term of office ends.
In an exclusive interview by Glenn Beup of Baskog Radyo on Mar 12, 2019, del Rosario said that the news items about Quintia’s case are misleading and were meant to destroy his person as chief executive of the province of Capiz.
“For my 47 years in public service, I never did or perform any acts that are disadvantageous to the people nor that I steal people’s money. I never enriched myself through corruption as the properties I acquired came from my pocket,” he said.
The governor said that his critics should look at the way he handles the provincial government and try to compare his accomplishments with past administrations.
“I assumed as the governor of Capiz with a lot of loans which I pay right now religiously. Should we continue to acquire loan, nothing will happen to us but to continue to pay the obligations,” he added.
Quintia had accused the re-electionist governor of nepotism and lavish lifestyle before the Ombudsman.
But del Rosario he has yet to receive a copy of the complaint.
In the letter dated February 18, 2019, Deputy Ombudsman for Visayas Paul Elmer R. Clemente, through acting director of Regional Office 6 Pio R. Dargantes, requested Quintia to submit his sworn statements and other evidence in support of his complaint docketed as case no. FF-V-19-0030.
The nepotism complaint stemmed from several appointments made by the governor of his family members and relatives to key positions in the Capiz provincial government since he assumed the gubernatorial post in 2016.
Based on the Annual Performance Budget for Fiscal Year 2019, at least nine members and relatives of the governor are employed or professionally linked to the provincial government.
Leading the way is the governor’s daughter Michelle Mercedes A. Del Rosario, the provincial administrator with a monthly compensation of P107,444.00 or equivalent to P1,289,320 annually. She also sits as chairman of the province’s Bids and Awards Committee (BAC).
Other family members and relatives of del Rosario in the provincial government’s payroll are:
-Melanie del Rosario-Arancillo, the sister who held the position as Hospital Management Unit provincial head with monthly salary of P83,406.00 or P1,000,872 a year;
-Suzanne Victoria del Rosario-Ignacio, his daughter who held the position of executive assistant IV with monthly salary of P65,319.00 or P783,828 a year;
-Jose Fulgencio del Rosario, his son who was appointed executive assistant lll with monthly salary of P52,155.00 or P613,860 a year;
-Maricar Ignacio-Li, relative of his son-in-law who was appointed as special technical adviser on Design Engineer with monthly salary of P30,000 or P360,000 annually; and
-Regina Roldan, his cousin who was appointed as community and barangay affairs-in-charge with monthly salary of P12,000 or P144,000 annually.
The governor’s sister Carmen del Rosario-Andrade is the province’s Sports and Business Affairs head and earns a monthly consultancy fee of P40,000 or equivalent to P480,000 annually.
Lawyer Ronnie Dadivas, husband of the governor’s niece Joanne del Rosario, was also a former provincial legal officer and Gender and Development (GAD) focal point person with an annual compensation of P1,105,296. He was deemed resigned when he filed his certificate of candidacy for mayor of Roxas City in October 2018.
Other than their regular salaries, the said officers and employees of the provincial government also enjoy a compensation package that includes mid-year and year-end bonuses, 13th month pay, Christmas cash gift, representation allowances, budget for transportation and travel, clothing and uniform allowance.
The Revised Administrative Code of 1987 on the Civil Service Commission, expressly prohibits nepotism or the appointment of relatives to government positions, subject to certain exceptions.
Section 59, Title l of Book V of the same law provides that “all appointments in the national, provincial, city and municipal governments, or any branch or instrumentality thereof, including government-owned and control corporations, made in favour of a relative of the appointing or recommending authority, or of the chief of the bureau or office, or of the person exercising immediate supervision over him, are hereby prohibited. The word ‘relatives’ and members of the family referred to are those related within the fourth degree of consanguinity or affinity.”