|Marine Lt. Col. Vlad Mata (Res)|
DAGUPAN CITY – The Career Executive Service Board bestowed to this city’s administrator a Career Executive Service Officer’s eligibility despite an Ombudsman case filed by a former department head he recommended dismissed.
Administrator Vladimir Mata said that when he appeared in the panel that interviewed him for his final CESO’s interview, he was told that they found the charges at the government prosecution office irrelevant. “Hindi na namin tinanong because we found it very irrelevant. And (it) does not affect your competence and No. 2, based on the validation and your background information dito sa amin iyong Ombudsman case mo, we felt it was a harassment against you,” he stressed when he asked them why they did not ask him on his pending case at the Ombudsman.
Mata was sued by Mrs. Elsa Santillan, former head of the City Social Welfare and Development Officer, whom he recommended to Mayor Benjie S. Lim to be sacked in office because of alleged irregularity of illegal collection from vendors in the periphery of her office.
Mata said that in the first stage of the examination considered as the toughest test for a civil servant, he was exempted. The other tests of the CESO he hurdled already were assessment, written, oral, and validation. “Dahil MNSA (Master in National Security Administration from the National Defense College) graduate ako exempted na ako doon sa first stage ng exam. Kasi nag exam na ako noong MNSA na ako”.
He said the members of the panel that interviewed him were undersecretaries from the Departments of National Defense and Environment & Natural Resources. Mata waits for the meantime his final confirmation certificate for eligibility to become a full pledge CESO card carrying member. A CESO eligibility, a source who asked anonymity, said can plucked this city administrator as undersecretary or head of a bureau in the national government.