DOH assures cooperation amid preventive suspension of 5 officials

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 28, 2020   •   146

The Department of Health (DOH) is prepared to cooperate with the Office of the Ombudsman amid the preventive suspension filed against five of its officials.

DOH Spokespersion Usec. Maria Rosario Vergeire said the department has already received the preventive suspension order from the Ombudsman.

She added that the department is saddened by the decision but is prepared to follow government process.

“Ang Kagawaran ng Kalusugan, lagi po kaming bukas sa anomang mga imbestigasyon na gagawin at kung ano po ang kailangan, tayo ay maga-abide sa proseso ng gobyerno (The Department of Health is always open to any investigation and whatever is needed, we are prepared to abide by the government process),” she said.

The five officials identified as Dr. Roger Tong-an; Kenneth Ronquillo, Asec. Maylene Beltran, Dr. Laureano Cruz and Esperanza Carating, were tagged for the alleged delays in the release of frontliner benefits.

Vergeire also clarified that the suspension does not mean the officials are already guilty of the allegations against them. Nevertheless, she expressed hope for a speedy investigation process.

“These five people are playing critical roles in our pandemic response. Hopefully matapos na at magkaroon na ng normal situation para sa aming limang officials, (hopefully the investigation will be over and the five officials can go back to their normal situation),” she said.

She also mentioned that department welcomes the investigation of Congress against DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III.

“Naga-abide tayo kung anuman kailangan nilang kooperasyon galing sa DOH, kay Sec. Duque ay gagawin po natin para lumabas ang katotohanan. We will be cooperating at bukas tayo sa ganitong investigation, (If they need any cooperation from the DOH and Sec. Duque, we will abide. We will do everything in pursuit of the truth. We will be cooperating and we are open to investigation), Vergeire said. AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

LTFRB suspends Leomarick Trans after Nueva Ecija bus crash

admin   •   April 19, 2017

Nueva Ecija bus crash site

Nueva Ecija bus crash site

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has issued a preventive suspension order against the operator of the Leomarick bus.

This is after a tragic accident involving a Leomarick bus occurred yesterday in Carangglan, Nueva Ecija.

Leomarick buses are not allowed to travel for 30 days while authorities are investigating the incident.

The LTFRB will summon the owner of the bus line, Leonardo Patulot, for an explanation as to why the bus line franchise must not be suspended or cancelled.

An LTFRB record showed Leomarick has two bus units and legitimately registered with the LTFRB.

The LTFRB set the first hearing of the case on May 2, Tuesday, at the Central Office in East Avenue, Quezon City, at 9:00 am.

“We want to determine kung totoong overloading, kasi may mga lumalabas na balita, so want to check aside from overloading, were doing also a checking on the tracking number like what we did sa Panda to determine how really old na itong bus na ito kasi franchise verification nila nakalagay 2006 model but just want due diligence, kasi kahit gaano kagaling ang driver natin wala silang say kung talagang faulty na yung kanilang sinasakyan,” LTFRB board member Atty. Aileen Lizada.

(We want to determine if indeed there was overloading since there are reports of such. So we want to check aside from overloading, we’re doing also a checking on the tracking number like what we did with panda bus to determine how really old the bus unit is. The franchise verification shows it is a 2006 model. But we just want due diligence. Because no matter the skills of the driver, he cannot do anything if the vehicle is indeed faulty.) — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

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