CSC dismisses Batangas provincial administrator

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Batangas: The Civil Service Commission (CSC), headed by Chairman Francisco Duque 3rd, has affirmed an earlier decision of the CSC region, dismissing Batangas provincial administrator Victor “Vic” Reyes for faking his career service eligibility result.

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Duque the CSC decided on October 21 en banc to deny the motion for reconsideration filed by Reyes.

Reyes was ordered to vacate his position effective November 6 based on the final and executory decision of CSC.

The affirmation of Reyes’ dismissal is contained in a 12-page CSC decision dated June 25, 2013 signed by CSC Chairman Duque, Commissioners Robert Martinez, Nieves Osorio and Director Dolores Bonifacio.

Reyes was found guilty of serious dishonesty, grave misconduct, falsification of official documents and conduct prejudicial to public service.

Besides being dismissed, Reyes was also divested of his eligibility, retirement benefits and is perpetually disqualified from holding public office. He is also barred from taking the civil service examination.

Reyes falsified his Personal Data Sheet (PDS) by claiming an 83 percent grade on the December 10, 2004 Career Service Professional examination conducted at National Capital Region (CSC-NCR), Kaliraya Street Quezon City.

Investigators found that there was no civil service examination conducted in any regional office on December 10, 2004 based on the Integrated Records Management Office of CSC.

Provincial Legal Officer Joel Montealto said Reyes filed an appeal for temporary restraining order before the court of appeals.

Reyes, a former town mayor of Padre Garcia, was appointed provincial administrator of Batangas by Gov.Vilma Santos-Recto after winning her first gubernatorial term on July 1, 2007.

CSC said Reyes, upon assuming as provincial administrator, submitted a PDS including a photocopy of his purported civil service result.

The probe on Reyes stemmed from an anonymous complaint to the CSC through text messages, emails and letters citing his alleged spurious civil service eligibility.

Reyes claimed to have acted in good faith by submitting his civil service professional eligibility result that was mailed to him by the commission.

He argued that the civil service eligibility is not an issue for appointive positions like provincial administrator, but the CSC maintained that its evidence were enough to prove that he faked his eligibility result and that he wrote wrong information on his PDS, a violation of the Civil Service Law. Reyes could not be reached for comment.

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