8 old reliables back to action inside Sidlakan

Two days after being sworn-in as new governor of Negros Oriental, reelected Vice Gov. Edward Mark Macias, 52 , immediately started the rigodon by issuing relief and reshuffle orders to key personnel in the provincial government of Negros Oriental.

He took over Gov. Roel Degamo by virtue of a dismissal order for Gov. Roel Degamo to cease from performing the functions of the provincial governor as ordered by the Ombudsman.

Initially, he appointed eight (8) OICs in sensitive divisions by choosing the so called “eight old reliables” erstwhile trusted lady lieutenants of the late Gov. Dodo Macias and ex Gov. George Arnaiz. They replaced mostly Degamo appointees.

But if Degamo gets an injunction and is restored to his old post by the Court of Appeals, then the Macias appointees will also have to step aside with Macias.

The Macias team is temporarily holding office at the Sidlakan Village tourism center along EJ Blanco road, in Piapi beside the hall of justice. If this be so, Macias bluntly told the CHRONICLE: “No problem, I will step down by a lawful order. I don’t need this position (as politician).”

Dr. Mark Macias, at 52 left a luxurious six-figure monthly income as a specialist Manila based orthopedic surgeon. Macias now receives only P70,000 gross as governor. Board members get about P60,000 gross.

This developed as Gov. Mark Macias in a memorandum directed the department heads to continue performing their duties and functions and were advised to take extra care to secure all official documents and government properties in their respective offices.

Reports have it that the first to be relieved from his post is Degamo’s reliable provincial Engr. Franco Alpuerto, while his assistant Engr. Pedro Tuble was appointed as officerin- charge and that reshuffling of key personnel in the provincial engineer’s office is in the offing.

Several department heads and former department heads were also advised to be present with Macias at the Negros Oriental Sidlakan village in Piapi Tuesday morning.

Among those brought back to active duty were:

Human resource officer Daisy Vamenta, Ma Corazon Valencia , OIC provincial budget officer; general services officer Berchmann Patrimonio, who acts as provincial administrator.

Mercy Mercy Teves, back as environment ENRD head; Dahlia Cual, OIC provincial accountant; Carmelo Dejaresco, OIC provl veterinary officer; Joselito Bitoon, back as provincial warden; Dr Maynard So, OIC Guihulngan Villegas Memorial Hospital; Atty Casiano Lomotos Jr, OIC provincial attorney in place of atty Richard Enojo.

Absent during the call were Provincial Budget officer Marichu Alpuerto and Engr Franco Alpuerto who are celebrating their wedding anniversary while some had some degree of hesitation to come to the meeting.

Provincial treasurer Danilo Mendez said he was not among those who were called to a meeting because he is one of the respondents in the malversation and grave misconduct case filed before the Ombudsman.

On the other hand, the provincial accountant Teodorico Reyes could not also be present, being similarly situated with Mendez and while on a leave of absence.

As of 4:00 o’clock Wednesday afternoon no TRO nor injunction has arrived yet.

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