Top DOF official charged at CSC

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A TOP OFFICIAL of the Department of Finance (DOF) was charged with serious administrative complaints before the Civil Service Commission (CSC) on Thursday.

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Sheila N. Castaloni, officer-in-charge (OIC) of the One-Stop-Shop Inter-Agency Tax Credit and Duty Drawback Center (OSS Center), was accused of multiple violations of the Civil Service law and rules, gross misconduct, inefficiency in the performance of official duties and acts prejudicial to the interest of the service.

Complainant Manolita J. Calix, head of the Records Composite Team (RCT) of OSS Center, has also asked the CSC to put Castaloni under preventive suspension, pending investigation, citing the suspect’s alleged manifest intention to conceal and manipulate records and files of the OSS Center and to retaliate against 36 petitioners, who earlier sought her dismissal from the service.

In her five-page complaint, Calix claimed that on October 10. 2014, she and 35 officers and staff of OSS Center, out of 57, petitioned DOF Secretary Cesar Purisima to remove Castaloni.

Their petition, as implied in her complaint, was referred to the DOF Grievance Committee but has not been acted upon for more than one month to date.

Calix further claimed that Castaloni has also issued Office Order 017-2014 placing RCT under her office without authority or mandate after it effected her relief as unit head; controlling records and files of the center; and setting a rule requiring her approval for clearance slip before any file can be availed of by tax credit evaluators.

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