Da­vide: Tri­bunalo not booted out of PENRO

The Freeman - - NEWS - — Lor­raine Mitzi A. Am­brad/JMO

Bal­tazar Tri­bunalo, Jr. has stepped down as of­fi­cer-in-charge of the Pro­vin­cial En­vi­ron­men­tal and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Of­fice (PENRO) but the move­ment has noth­ing to do with the al­le­ga­tions he is fac­ing at the Capi­tol.

Gov­er­nor Hi­lario Da­vide III ex­plained that Tri­bunalo's ap­point­ment as OIC has al­ready ex­pired.

“Kay one year na man si Baltz. His ap­point­ment has ex­pired al­ready in light of the Civil Ser­vice reg­u­la­tion. Naa gi­hapon si Baltz; I asked him to as­sist gi­hapon,” Da­vide said.

A 2017 Cir­cu­lar of the CSC states that "For po­si­tions with­out in­cum­bents, a des­ig­na­tion may be made only for a max­i­mum of one (1) year."

Se­nior En­vi­ron­men­tal­ist Rodel Bon­tuyan is the new PENRO OIC.

Tri­bunalo said he is happy that his ten­ure has ex­pired so he can now fo­cus on the Pro­vin­cial Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion and Man­age­ment Of­fice (PDRRMO), which he also heads.

"Karon, mas re­laxed, less bur­den, maong nag­pasala­mat kaayo ko sa HR (Hu­man Re­sources) ug ni Gov," Tri­bunalo said.

He said Bon­tuyan has asked him for guid­ance dur­ing the tran­si­tion pe­riod.

Tri­bunalo is fac­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion for al­legedly ha­rass­ing a fe­male em­ployee at PENRO and for al­legedly mak­ing a job or­der em­ployee at the Capi­tol plant at his farm.

His friend, Santa Fe dioce­san pri­est Roy Bucag, has come to his de­fense, de­scrib­ing Tri­bunalo as a "man of honor," a "man of truth," and a "man with prin­ci­ples."

"Sa pagkakaron, di ko mu­tuo tun­god kay un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion pa man kaha as I read it sa news... Mao nakain­gon ko nga dili kay lahi sa akong pagkaila ni Sir Baltz… dili siya in­gon niana," Bucag has said.

"Dili na siya madala'g bayad labi na karon nga strikto siya anang mga il­le­gal (quar­ry­ing) sa sapa. Daghan na siya'g na­bangga nga mga in­ila pero di na siya ma­had­lok," Bucag added.

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