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LTO Dumaguete chief
transferred to Bohol
BY JUANCHO GALLARDE

The district chief of the Land Transportation Office in Dumaguete, Roland Ramos, has been transferred to a smaller district office in Bohol, effective yesterday, on orders of Undersecretary Eduardo Oban Jr. of the DOTC Operations and Transportation Division.

The transfer came a few days before the start of the Commission on Elections ban on the movement of government personnel on January 13.

Ramos said the transfer is part of his career development, and accepted it as a challenge to share his expertise with another LTO district office.

He said he does not believe that a local politician close to Malacañang could be responsible for his transfer, or that he was reassigned because he is supporting the reelection bid of Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo in the May 13 polls.

Ramos said he merely does his job and it does not matter to him who is the governor is.

He will be replaced by Eugene Gador, LTO district chief of Carcar, Cebu.

Meanwhile, Negros Oriental provincial election supervisor, Eddie Aba, said he will be reassigned to Cebu province effective January 21.

He said this is part of the reshuffling being implemented by the Commission all over the country, in line with the midterm elections.

Jerome Brilliantes, election officer of Guihulngan City, is being recommended to assume Aba’s post.

Aba said Brilliantes is competent and can be trusted in overseeing the elections in the province, having a lot of experience in Lanao del Sur. “I am confident that he will be able to maintain the prestige of Negros Oriental as one of the 10 provinces in the country with zero poll-related incident in the past election,” he added.

He said the Comelec is exempted from the prohibition on the transfer of personnel, and can even hire employees during the election period.*JG

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