Friday, July 17, 2015

CSur ‘ghost employee’ surfaces, wants name dropped from payroll

NAGA CITY—A woman who identified herself as a “ghost employee” of the Capitol of Camarines Sur has come out in a tell-all interview to expose the alleged illegal transaction at the seat of the provincial government.

'Ghost employee' of Camarines Sur?
'Ghost employee' of Camarines Sur?
“All I want to do is to clear my name and punish those who are involved,” Margiel Brugada Carinan, a resident of Zone 2, Barangay Salvacion, Tinambac, Camarines Sur told the BICOL STANDARD in an interview.

Carinan said she discovered last week that since January 2014 to June 2015, the Provincial Capitol has been religiously paying her Pag-Ibig Fund contributions and Philhealth dues.

The problem was that according to her, she was not, and has never been, an employee of the provincial government.

“I presume that someone is receiving the monthly salary in my name, which is why my name was included in the payroll,” she said.

Seeking aid

Alarmed at her discovery, Carinan said she went to the Regional Office of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to seek the help of the agency to find out why her name was included in the payroll of the provincial government.

Yesterday, she returned to the office for a follow-up, and learned that she is paid the sum of P409.00 daily as a contractual employee of the provincial government.

Again, she vehemently denied having received a single centavo.

Job application

Carinan suspected that her inclusion in the payroll has something to do with her being asked to sign a job application in January 2014.

She said she was asked by Salvador “Vonchi” Ababan, Jr. to sign an application to work for the provincial government, under the Office of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.

At that time, she was living with “Vonchi” under a common-law relationship, since the latter is legally married.

“Vonchi” is the younger brother of Carmel Ababan-Velarde, wife of Tinambac Mayor Ruel Velarde, making “Vonchi” the mayor’s brother-in-law.

The Velardes are political allies of the Camarines Sur provincial administration.

During her common-law relationship with “Vonchi,” Carinan lived in the glassware store that was owned by Carmel Ababan-Velarde, but was registered under the name of “Vonchi.”

Reasoning out that he cannot use his family name or the name Velarde, “Vonchi” allegedly instructed Carinan to sign an application letter.

“After I filled up the application form, I was never informed as to whether it was approved or not. I never reported for work, nor visited the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, even once. Nor did I go to the place where, according to records, I was allegedly assigned to work,” she explained.

Split

On November 9, 2014, Carinan left “Vonchi” after a huge fight.

She claimed she was maltreated by her former common-law husband.

Her relationship having fallen apart, Carinan decided to return to her parents’ house in Barangay Salvacion.

On November 22, she moved to Taytay, Rizal with her mother to look for a job.

Already employed?

“On March 30, 2015, I applied for a job at a fast food chain in Pinamalayan, Oriental Mindoro. I was asked to complete the requirements for work, which included membership in Pag-Ibig,” Carinan related.

“I was so shocked when I discovered that the Provincial Government of Camarines Sur had been paying for my contributions since January 2014. I was ready to report for work at the fast food chain when the management told me that I was presently employed in the government,” she said.

Deeply confused, she travelled to Camarines Sur to verify from the Human Resources (HR) Office of the Provincial Capitol whether her name truly appears on the payroll.

“I went to the HR and pretended to look for Margiel B. Carinan because I had an important matter to discuss with her. The Capitol employee was not aware that I was merely verifying whether my name was really included in the list,” she said.

“Imagine my surprise when I was told that Margiel B. Carinan was deployed, and was working at the Provincial Government Hospital!” she remarked.

Outrage

Outraged that her name was used without her permission, and that someone may be receiving payment in her name, Carinan decided to file a complaint.

“I will file a complaint against all persons involved in using my name for these illegal transactions. I want my name to be removed from the payroll of the Provincial Government because I have never been an employee nor worked with the said office,” she insisted.

She told the BICOL STANDARD that she already discussed the alleged anomaly with anti-crime watchdog Citizens Crime Watch (CCW) after learning that the group has a pending complaint against the local government unit for its supposed “ghost employees.”

“Ano ta pigpapasweldo an pangaran ko?” an apalled Carinan asked, “Dae man ako nagtatrabaho sainda. Herak man kan masunod na henerasyon ko kun madidigtaan sana kan salang gibo kan iba.”

Dismissed?

Vice Governor Ato Peña, however, said he already dismissed Carinan because she was allegedly not reporting for work.

In an interview by BICOL STANDARD, Peña said Carinan was even instructed to explain her absences.

At present, Carinan is no longer connected to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, Peña said.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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