The public school teacher who was caught on camera berating a nurse at the Cebu Provincial Hospital in Balamban town is now formally facing charges with the Department of Education (DepEd) provincial office.
DepEd-Cebu legal officer Orville dela Cerna said the teacher will be investigated for violation of Republic Act (RA) 6713 or Ethical Standards for public officers; violation of DepEd Department Order No. 49 series of 2006 or conduct prejudicial to the best interest of service; violating civil service rules and other national laws; and misconduct.
At the moment, he said they were still waiting for the complainant, nurse Liezel Sewane, to complete the needed requirements before the investigtion could begin.
“Under our rules, the complainant should submit a sworn statement and certificate of non-forum shopping,” Dela Cerna explained.
The Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) earlier committed to provide legal assistance to the nurse.
After the complainant complies with the documentary requirements, Dela Cerna said they will endorse the complaint to the respondent for comment, under oath, within 72 hours. On investigation on the incident will then begin.
Dela Cerna clarified that their office can only recommend sanctions against the teacher.
“The penalty will range from 30 days of suspension to six months or more, or termination of service. But this will depend on the gravity of the evidence presented,” he said.
The teacher may file an appeal at the DepEd central office and Civil Service Commission.
Dela Cerna also said based on their conversation with Cebu Provincial Health Officer Rene Catan, the nurse is open to a possible settlement with the teacher.