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NCIP Surigao Norte office now has two Provincial Directors

The National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) Surigao del Norte Provincial office now has two Provincial Directors after the office Provincial Director Vicente Baldoza allegedly refused to vacate his office paving the way for newly designated OIC Randy Rosas to temporarily take over.

Rosas who was former Agusan del Sur NCIP Provincial Director arrived at the NCIP Surigao del Norte Provincial Office here Monday afternoon.

Some tribal leaders in Agusan del Sur also wondered why Rosas was transferred when he (Rosas) is also allegedly facing administrative cases they filed against him. Rosas, in media interviews said he is only following orders from higher ups to temporarily take over Surigao del Norte NCIP office

The situation drew confusion among clienteles of the said office here mostly members of the indigenous community when at Tuesday morning both Baldoza and Rosas put two tables at the office where they claimed they’re both head of said office.

Baldoza claimed he filed motion for reconsideration on the Ombudman’s suspension order against him because he was not allegedly given due process.

The Office of Ombudsman has suspended Baldoza and former National Commission on Indigenous People Regional Director Jose Jake Dumagan, Jr for one year without pay for misconduct and conduct prejudicial for the best interests of public service.

Dumagan is now stationed at the NCIP Tagum City office in Davao.

Ombudsman ordered the two to vacate their offices, relieved from their duties and responsibilities as NCIP officers and ordered turned over gadgets and some properties of the government to the NCIP regional offices of Caraga and Region 11 where Dumagan is now assigned within five days upon receipt of the suspension order.

As for Baldoza who is NCIP Surigao del Norte Director, Ombudsman has ordered the NCIP regional office of Region Eleven to immediately relieve Baldoza of his official duties and ordered temporary replacement of him.

The suspension came into wake after some Mamanwa tribes headed by Mamanwa tribal chieftain Datu Olorico filed in 2008 before Office of the Ombudsman graft and abuse of authority charges against Dumagan, Baldoza, some NCIP Commissioners and other local NCIP personnel over conflict on their royalty fees from mining companies now occupying their ancestral lands in Taganito, Claver, Surigao del Norte.

They alleged the money deposited in a government bank amounting to millions of pesos could no longer be accounted for. (PNA/Ben Serrano)

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