CNHS-PTA denies hand
Parents-Teachers Association of the Catanduanes National High School has
denied authorship of a letter requesting investigation of the school
cashier for alleged illegal activities.
an interview with the Tribune late Saturday evening, CNHS-PTA president
Engr. Noel A. Balmadrid said they did not write nor send the unsigned,
computer-printed letter dated Jan. 31, 2001 and addressed to the DECS
division superintendent. Copies of the letter were reportedly sent to
controversial CNHS principal Leandro I. Crispino, the Civil Service
Commission, two provincial newspapers, the Philippine Daily Inquirer and
Balmadrid said he will personally make representations with Supt. Nelly
Beluso to deny having made the letter.
that the letter might be related to the ongoing oust-Crispino movement
spearheaded by cashier Jose R. Tayas as president of the Teachers and
Employees Association (TEA), Balmadrid bared that the involvement of the
PTA in the issue so far has been to refuse the request of the TEA for the
parents to support their cause.
said that, as far as the PTA is concerned, the controversy is an internal
matter between the management and subordinates. As long as classes
continue normally, he added, the PTA will pursue its hands-off policy
unless chaos erupts on campus.
PTA president also disclosed that the body has ratified amendments to the
association's Constitution and By-Laws, foremost among which is the grant
of ex-officio seats on the PTA board to the TEA president, the president
of the Student Body Organization (SBO), the school principal, and a
representative of the teaching faculty.
amended version also mandates that nomination to any PTA post be done
through nomination forms signed by the nominator and accepted by the
nominee, with the election done through secret ballot. He said the
amendments will take effect next school year when a new set of PTA
officers shall have been elected.
fake PTA letter accused Tayas of illegal salary deductions, conflict of
interest in allegedly using the school funds in extending loans to
teachers and employees, and the use of CNHS-TEA funds in the rice loan
program to employees.
letter also said that "inspite of the Memorandum of our Principal,
Mr. Crispino instructing Mr. Tayas to stop these illegal activities he
seems incline (sic) to disregard the Memorandum." The alleged PTA
letter expressed support for Crispino's proposal that the teachers and
employees be paid using checks, instead of cash, to stop Tayas' illegal
by the Tribune, TEA officials said they vigorously oppose the principal's
proposal, as they would be the only nationalized secondary school in the
province which would pay its teachers in check. They claimed that the move
is aimed at stopping the legal deduction from members of a teachers'
cooperative who have availed of a loan scheme with the Catanduanes Bazaar