Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA)-Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Vice Admiral Narciso Vingson Jr. is now under the scrutiny and dismay of some of his employees after appointing and reassigning officials to vital and delicate posts at MARINA, despite his limited appointing powers as OIC at the said government agency.
In their letter to the Chairman and Commissioners of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) dated October 16, 2019, copy furnished to Transportation Secretary Art Tugade, the MARINA Board and the Office of the Ombudsman, the group, who called themselves as “Concerned Marina Employees,” are requesting the CSC “to look into the subject appointments in order to shed light on its questionable legality and propriety.”
“Despite his limited appointing power as mere OIC, he appointed to Director Positions and others, several personnel of the MARINA as reflected in a Memorandum dated October 9, 2019.
The said group blamed Administrator Vingson of violating Section 204 of the Government Accounting and Auditing Manual of the Government Rules and Regulations, which was later on reiterated and enforced in 2017 under Omnibus Rules on Appointments and Other Human Resource Actions, promulgated on July 3, 2018.
“Officials designated as Officer-in-Charge (OIC) enjoy limited powers which are confined to functions of administration and ensuring that the office continues its usual activities. The OIC may not be deemed to possess the power to appoint employees as the same involves the exercise of discretion which is beyond the power of an OIC, unless the designation order issued by the proper appointing officer/authority expressly includes the power to issue appointment,” the ruling reads.
“Clearly, his authority to sign/approve appointment is limited to contract of service for personal services. It does not include the authority to appoint employees or to make regular employees or to make regular appointments of personnel in the MARINA,” according to the group, adding that the move of Vingson “constitutes abuse of power and discretion that necessitates not only the revocation of the appointments in order to shed light on its questionable legality and propriety.”
VADM Vingson Jr. on October 20, 2018 was appointed as MARINA-OIC Administrator by virtue of Special Order No. 2018-348 signed by DOTr Sec. Tugade, with the specific authority “to sign/approve appointment and/or contract of service for personal services.
In a released Special Order No. 1020-19 obtained by the Times, Vingson reassigned some of personnel to delicate posts, including Atty. Sharon De Chavez-Aledo, former OIC of the Marina Regional Office (MRO) IV to OIC-Director of Marina Enforcement Service (ES); Capt. Rommel John Mendoza from MARINA-ES to Director of Management Finance and Administrative Service (MFAS); Nenita Atienza from Director of MFAS to MARINA-Management Information and System Service; Engr. Arsenio Lucas from Director of MRO-IX to Director MRO I and II; and Annabel Lagas from Director of MRO VII to Director of MRO XII.
The said newly-appointed directors have also promoted some of their chosen subordinates, the order stated.
“The above-mentioned officials shall be entitled to representation and transportation allowance (RATA), transportation and relocation expenses, and other allowances and entitlements as applicable to their new posts, subject to the usual accounting and auditing rules and regulations,” according to the order signed by MARINA OIC-Administrator Vingson Jr.