Friday, 04 March 2011 12:00
Despite Malacanang’s memo circular calling for a moratorium on the transfer of regional offices and agencies, the Bureau of Fire Protection will transfer its regional office here in Zamboanga City to Pagadian City effective this month.
Councilor Rommel Agan disclosed that Regional Fire Director Sr. Supt. Mario Socorro Timonera has issued a memorandum order dated March 1, 2011 calling for a full transfer of the BFP regional officers and personnel to Pagadian City.
Agan said Timonera has cited references in his memorandum order to transfer the BFP such as A) Executive Order No. 429 entitled ‘Providing for the reorganization of the administrative regions in Mindanao dated October 12, 1990 signed by President Corazon Aquino, B) Executive Order No.36 dated September 19, 2001 amending EO 429, which among others, effected the transfer of the regional seat of government in Region 9 from Zamboanga City to Pagadian City issued by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and C) letter from Pagadian Mayor Samuel Co dated January 26, 2011 classifying BFP as in full transfer status.
According to Agan, Timonera directed his men to regularly report and perform their duties and functions at the BFP office in Pagadian adding that non-compliance will be dealt with accordingly.
As this developed, Agan during Wednesday’s regular session, authored a resolution addressed to Timonera asking him to revisit his memorandum order and to defer its implementation because of the memorandum circular signed by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa by authority of the office of the president extending the moratorium until March 31, 2011.
Councilor Jimmy Cabato amended the resolution to invite Timonera in the next regular session (March 16) to explain his position in calling for a full transfer of the BFP despite the moratorium.
Agan disclosed Ochoa has issued another memorandum circular No. 11-A extending the moratorium for another 38 days directing the Presidential Management Staff, National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Civil Service Commission and the Department of Budget and Management to submit its report with regards to the inter-agency study on the Region 9 Regional Center transfer and the impact on the region.
“There is a need to ensure a thorough study and allow the inter-agency task force more time to conduct their tasks,” the memo said.
By Nonong Santiago
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