Acting on the result of an investigation conducted by the Department of Labor and Employment Legal Service, Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III has approved the dismissal from the service of a Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) employee who was facing three counts of administrative charges.
The DOLE Legal Service, in its formal investigation report, found Roland G. Quintos, Labor and Employment Officer II of POEA, liable for serious dishonesty, grave misconduct and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service.
In the memorandum to the DOLE Secretary, the Legal Service investigation team recommended the penalty of dismissal from the service of Quintos.
The investigation report said that under Section 67 (a), Rule XII of Administrative Order No. 55, Series of 2013, the penalty of dismissal carries with it the cancellation of eligibility, forfeiture of retirement benefits, and perpetual disqualification for holding public office and bar from taking civil service examination.
Based on the findings of the Legal Assistance Division (LAD) on the separate complaints against Quintos, it was found out that he was demanding money from Edielyn Vega, Belinda Fausto, Susan Carbonilla, Maria Rina Rilla, and Florence Fajardo in exchange of the return of their travel documents and departure.
Quintos was also issuing and validating the Overseas Employment Certificate of Nora Macaampao without her personal appearance of the Labor Assistance Center (LAC) in violation of the 2002 POEA Rules and Regulations Governing Recruitment and Employment of Land-Based Overseas Workers.
Quintos was also processing the OECs of Victoria Lague, Cornelia Anino, and Lotchie Ponce at a time when he was off-duty, and he was allowing Maria Rina Rilla, and Florence Fajardo to linger at the airport after their apprehension.
The DOLE Legal Service was deputized as the hearing office to conduct the formal investigation. It evaluated the administrative charge including its corresponding penalties based on consolidated record and recommendation of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration’s Administrative and Complaints Committee (ACC) on 21 December 2004.
The POEA Administrative and Complaints Committee recommended that Quintos be formally charged for dishonesty, grave misconduct, gross neglect of duty, violation of reasonable office rules and regulations of serious nature, and conduct grossly prejudicial to the best interest of the service.