NEWS: Daneco prexy admits he txt OIC mgr questioning Manila travel

By Cha Monforte
oct 14
Guesting over a radio program in Tagum City, the recently elected president of the board of directors of the Davao del Norte Electric Cooperative admitted yesterday that he sent a text message to Officer-In-Charge General Manager Allan Laniba asking him whether the travel the latter was making in Manila earlier had prior approval with officials.
BOD president Dean Briz, on live interview with “Hataw sa Serbisyo” anchor Pat Lucero Pacquiao over 85.10 Radyo Natin FM, said that he sent his text message while Laniba was already in Manila “just to ask (him)” and “to show to me the document” relating his travel and  “to put things in proper order”.
Briz said that he has long been employed in the government and as far as he knows any government employee traveling for official business “has to ask permission to his immediate head”.
But he said that Laniba sent back a text reply saying that he never heard in Daneco through the years that its general manager had to ask first permission from the board of directors before he travels outside.
The tiff between Briz and Laniba over the sending of a questioning text message while the latter was on official travel in Manila was the recent in the reported tug-of-war wrangling between Briz-lead BOD and the OIC management led by Laniba.
Briz was reportedly supported by some 8 directors, who catapulted him to became the president last month replacing the Laniba-supportive former president Dr. Antonio Sebumpan in the midst of allegations that Briz allegedly engaged into vote buying to have him elected as new president.
Laniba is reportedly supported now by only four directors including the old Daneco stalwart Atty. Jess Albacite.
This, as  local radio commentators employed with the city government has lately kept on castigating Laniba and praising Briz.
City Mayor Rey Uy earlier said to this writer in an interview that Laniba “is not ought to the there (as OIC GM)” and not fitted to take the place of late Daneco GM Edgar Savellano saying “Daneco needs a highly competent, highly technical person… and who has managerial capacity.”
The Tagum city council two months ago endorsed the bid of their fellow councilor Mylene Baura, a certified public accountant and a lawyer,  to apply as Daneco GM.
In separate interview with this writer after Laniba was endorsed by the then BOD majority led by Sebumpan while Briz was still with the minority, Baura said that she was keen to remain with the council than to be with Daneco.
On the same radio interview yesterday,  Briz has maintained that the Daneco GM has yet to be declared and published vacant even as he apparently dodged the issue of the 6-month probationary status of the being OIC GM of Laniba as approved by NEA saying only that “he is still the OIC GM now”.
He however said that since when he assumed as president the BOD has changed the disbursing rules by “giving blanket authority” to the Daneco treasurer to sign disbursement papers and checks, and in his absence by him, fueling speculations that the new Daneco BOD has already intruded into the work of management.
He also bared that Daneco areas especially Laak and Monkayo have been experiencing frequent brownout these days due to the shortage of power supply from National Grid Corporation of the Philippines of at least 10 mega watts. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

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