CA rules over Marawi schools division woes PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 14 December 2015 12:52

The Court of Appeals has overturned a lower court verdict that allowed a high-ranking education official in Marawi City to adjust her date of birth and extend her term beyond the mandatory retirement age of 65.

The Appellate Court said in its December 4 decision that Mona Macatanong, Marawi City schools division superintendent, has reached the compulsory retirement age of 65 on Oct. 18, 2013.

“Mona Macatanong is deemed to have already reached the compulsory retirement age of 65 by October 18, 2013 and has no right to continue or prolong the tenure with DepEd-ARMM,” the Appellate Court said.

She is also no longer allowed to “continue to receive salaries and emoluments from the DepEd-ARMM (Department of Education-ARMM), nor administer the funds pertaining to the office of the division schools superintendent of Marawi City…”

A Marawi City Court affirmed the incumbency of Macatanong in 2011. The decision also affirmed Macatanong’s claim that her retirement should take effect October 2016.

The Court of Appeals, based on documents presented, ruled that Macatanong should have been out of government service since 2013, when she turned 65.

The assertion of Macatanong has created tension among the teachers under the Marawi City Schools Division as it interrupted the process of promotion mandated by law.

ARMM-Bureau of Public Information Chief Amilbahar Mawallil said Saturday that it also clearly exposed the remnants of a corrupt system practiced during the previous administrations.

“Her position became practically non-existent the moment she turned 65 (years old) and that was on October 18, 2013. She is considered retired as that is what the law is saying,” Mawallil said.

Dr. John Magno, then DepEd-ARMM assistant secretary, said earlier that Macatanong’s office failed to liquidate the Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) of the schools. Magno later on became the secretary of DepEd-ARMM.

A number of teachers under her watch also failed to submit their daily time records (DTRs) promptly, further fueling suspicion over the actual services rendered by the teachers.

ARMM under the stewardship of Gov. Mujiv Hataman, as part of its reform agenda, went on a spree against ghost schools, ghost students, and ghost teachers.

The reform saved money funded actual projects, teachers, and students.

Hataman’s administration also successfully ended the woes of the teachers over back wages by allotting a budget for the payment.

“We cannot allow things such as this to continue because it will erode the gains of reforms that we painstakingly put in place and are in fact, collecting the gains,” Mawallil added.