Ombudsman orders dismissal of 6 DPWH-Misamis officials

SIX EMPLOYEES of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Misamis Oriental and five others were dismissed for the improper disqualification of a bidder on some government projects in 2014.

The Office of the Ombudsman ordered the forfeiture of benefits of Leonard G. Paulican, officer-in-charge district engineer, Elmer H. Calo, Agathoncio L. Galarrita, Pedro Mercado, Doroteo A. Laguna and Harold Caermare. Also they were perpetually barred from seeking re-employment in the government.

In a resolution approved by OMB-Mindanao Rodolfo Elman, graft investigator Modesto F. Onia Jr.  found the respondents guilty for violation of Sec. 7 (d) of the Republic Act 6713 (Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees) and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of service for demanding and receiving money in connection with government projects.

The case stemmed from the complaint filed by Rolando Guerrea, owner of AMR Trading.

Guerrea, in his affidavit, alleged that AMR had the lowest calculated bid for the repair of the national road in the province of the national road in the province but the bids and awards committee (BAC) rejected the AMR by citing unreasonable demands.

He also claimed that Pauilican demanded money from them in 2011 to 2012 for the completion of water system project in Bukidnon.

Meanwhile, the anti-graft body’s field investigation unit is also looking into the alleged unexplained wealth of Paulican.

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