Thursday, February 01, 2018
PLAI already made known its official stand in the issued Statement of Concern. That revised statement was the result of a series of consultation to our stakeholders and does not prohibit any members from initiating their own actions.
At the outset, PLAI does not agree with the appointment of a non-librarian in any library whether public or private considering the provision of RA 9246 Section 31. But the issue on the appointment of a non-librarian in the National Library of the Philippines is a question of legality considering the different interpretations and stand of government agencies that can answer best this query.
PLAI then would like to know first the opinion of PRC being the implementor of laws related to professionals and CSC being the office that sets the qualifications in government offices, whether laws have been violated or not and follow the due process, hence the Statement of Concern was crafted and was submitted to PRC and CSC for their opinion on the issue so we will know the next course of action to take.
As to Mr. Totanes' complaint in the Ombudsman, PLAI respects his decision and opinion. It's his right to file a complaint before the Ombudsman.
Mr. Totanes' action complemented the PLAI action to CSC and PRC by adding the Office of the Ombudsman to investigate the matter as the appointment of a non-librarian in a government library is an act or omission constituting a violation of our law (RA 9246) and criminal laws particularly on anti-graft and corrupt practices act which the ombudsman has jurisdiction to investigate.
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