COA junks P5M compensation claim of 5 teachers with fake PRC licenses

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    THE Commission on Audit has junked a petition for money claim filed by five former public school teachers who were dismissed from government service in 2011 after their professional licenses were found to be fakes.

    In a decision dated January 10, 2020, the COA Commission Proper held that the claims of Isabel Biona, Ana Mina and Vilma Soriano should be denied due to their failure to submit required documents to prove services they have rendered while the claims of Vergie Cabas and Normita Danta were declared moot and academic.

    The five claimants previously taught classes in Cavite province under the divisions of Trece Martires City and Dasmariñas City.

    However, their services were terminated effective April 1, 2011 after the Civil Service Commission (CSC) – Regional Office 4 verified that their professional licenses were fabricated. This finding was confirmed by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

    The dismissed teachers went to court and obtained a favorable ruling from the Court of Appeals on September 11, 2013 affirming their right to seek compensation.

    The CA held that the Department of Education (DepEd) did not dispute that petitioners worked and handled classes so they were entitled to receive “salaries, allowances and other emoluments.”

    Petitioners filed their claim against the DepEd on August 3, 2017 after the Pasig City Regional Trial Court ordered the issuance of a writ of execution on the ground that the CA ruling had attained finality.

    Each of the petitioners sought payment of claims ranging from P1.02 million to P1.058 million.

    The audit team leader and the regional supervising auditor confirmed that payments have been released to Cabas and Danta amounting to P225,625.49 and P218,870.80, respectively.

    Auditors said the sums paid out were smaller than the petitioners’ claims because the payments were solely based on daily time records (DTRs) submitted by them to the DepEd division office of Dasmariñas City.

    However, Biona, Mina, and Soriano failed to submit any proof of their actual attendance, including DTRs.

    “Petitioners Biona, Mina and Soriano failed to submit their DTRs and other related documents that would substantiate their respective claims. They were advised to produce these documents but they failed to do so. Hence, this Commission in constrained to deny their claim,” the COA said.