Iloilo LGU relieves city college head; Me pumalag sa sistema


The administrator of the Iloilo City Community College (ICCC) has been relieved from her post over alleged anomalies there.

City Mayor Jose Espinosa III said ICCC administrator Maria Mathilde Treñas-Octavio’s relief will last pending the investigation on the alleged irregularities.

Octavio was likewise relieved as administrator of the Technical Institute of Iloilo City (TIIC). Her relief took effect Sept. 12.

Espinosa designated former dean Catalina Sanico as the officer-in-charge of the ICCC and Joel Labatorio as the officer-in-charge of the TIIC.

However, Octavio will remain as an Assistant Department Head II at City Hall, he said.

The issue at the ICCC stemmed from the complaints of four ICCC teachers accusing the administration of allegedly not implementing the Magna Carta for Teachers.

The teachers claimed the ICCC violated provisions on salaries, promoting and regularizing unqualified teachers, giving substandard salaries compared to other public schools, realigning the budget, and using obsolete school books.

Espinosa said the relief order stemmed from a letter from the Office of the Ombudsman for the Visayas involving the alleged anomalies in the administration of the ICCC.

He also cited a recommendation of the City Legal Office to relieve the officials or employees pending the fact-finding investigation.

The city government’s investigating committee includes City Legal officer and City Administrator Hernando Galvez.

“As of now we do not have a timeline as to the result of the investigation. I will give them time and I want a comprehensive investigation, like going through the daily operation of the ICCC and TIIC,” Espinosa said, adding there is no political color in the probe.