Quantcast
Latest Stories

Dismissed workers sue Vizcaya execs


BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya— Employees of the provincial government on Friday sued Gov. Ruth Padilla and 19 other officials for illegally removing them from their positions.

In a petition filed in the Regional Trial Court here, 14 employees asked the court to stop Padilla from implementing Executive Order (EO) No. 3, which revoked the appointments of about 350 employees. The  appointments were issued by former Gov. Luisa Cuaresma, who ran and lost for representative against Padilla’s husband, Nueva Vizcaya Rep. Carlos Padilla.

The employees said Padilla’s order violated their constitutional right that removal from the civil service must only be for cause and carried out with due process.

Aside from the order, they also asked the nullification of the province’s budget ordinance, which slashed funds for the salaries of new appointees and employees promoted  from January to June, affecting 180 personnel.

The petitioners said the ordinance violated the Local Government Code, which mandates that all occupied permanent plantilla positions must be provided with ample fund allocations.

On July 26, another set of 14 employees filed an appeal in the Civil Service Commission (CSC) questioning Padilla’s July 1 order, which, they said, violated their security of tenure as permanent government workers.

Padilla issued the EO on her first day in office, nullifying the appointments for supposed violation of the Local Government Code, the Omnibus Election Code and a CSC directive on mass appointments issued after the elections by outgoing local officials.

Records showed, however, that no appointment was issued by Cuaresma within the 45-day election ban. She approved 18 permanent appointments after the May 13 elections.

Under the CSC memo, appointments exceeding 20 employees in a month shall be considered mass appointments and shall be prohibited.

The provincial board on July 15 approved the province’s 2013 budget, which excluded salaries of 180 employees appointed and promoted by Cuaresma from Jan. 1 to June 30.

This became the basis for other officials under Padilla to issue notices and advisories that removed the names of newly appointed employees from the payroll and demoted the others to their previous posts.

Three advisories issued by Maybelle Blossom Sevillena, provincial administrator, also deprived them of travel and leave privileges.

The confusion as to who among the provincial officials has the task to remove the workers’ names from the payroll has delayed the release of salaries of about 1,000 employees, including those not covered by Padilla’s revocation order.

Lawyer Voltaire Garcia, provincial legal officer, said the delisting of the affected employees was an “inevitable consequence” of the action of the provincial board to take out the funds for their salaries.

“The delisting of the concerned employees in the payroll is in consonance with existing jurisprudence to the effect that when funds are no longer available, the employees cannot validly continue holding their positions,” Garcia said.

On July 30, Garcia issued an advisory asking affected employees to stop performing their duties and functions, citing lack of funds for their salaries.

In her public speeches, Padilla defended her order, saying CSC Chair Francisco Duque III and the agency’s lawyers agreed with the provincial government’s action.

In an interview, Garcia clarified, however, that the CSC opinion cited by Padilla was merely “verbal.”  Melvin Gascon, Inquirer Northern Luzon


Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Gov. Ruth Padilla , News , Nueva Vizcaya , Regions




Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement
  1. US teacher fired over comment on black president
  2. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  3. Filipinos, Dane re-enact crucifixion of Christ
  4. Magnitude-7.5 earthquake shakes Mexican capital
  5. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  6. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  7. Massive infra spending set
  8. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  9. Easter crucifixions draw huge crowds
  10. Korea ferry captain arrested, divers spot bodies
  1. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  2. Suspect in Vhong Navarro mauling tries to leave PH
  3. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  4. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  5. ‘Mom, I love you,’ says text from student on sinking ferry
  6. Fr. Suarez says last Mass on Easter before returning donated land to San Miguel
  7. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  8. Massive infra spending set
  9. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  10. I’ll follow my conscience on Estrada, says JV Ejercito
  1. KL confirms Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean
  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  4. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  5. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  6. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  7. Police rule out foul play in Helena Belmonte’s death as boyfriend is ‘traumatized’
  8. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  9. Model Helena Belmonte wished ‘to slash her wrist and hope to die’
  10. Hammer-wielding robbers cause chaos at Philippines’ Mall of Asia
Advertisement

News

  • 16 suffer burns in Batangas sugar factory accident
  • Angat level drops; cloud seeding set
  • Indigenous aspiration in Bangsamoro
  • Banahaw continues to lure pilgrims, trekkers
  • Passion of Christ moves survivors
  • Sports

  • Tottenham beats Fulham 3-1 in Premier League
  • Martino defends Messi, takes blame for Barca fail
  • Vettel hoping for resurgence at Chinese GP
  • MLB pitcher donates $100,000 for Sewol ferry victims
  • Hamilton takes pole at Chinese Grand Prix
  • Lifestyle

  • Levine designs womenswear with help from fiancee
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87
  • Ford Mustang turns 50 atop Empire State Building
  • Pro visual artists, lensmen to judge Pagcor’s photo contest
  • ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  • Entertainment

  • Why ‘Noah’ can’t dock his ark at Philippine theaters
  • Acclaimed artist goes wild while on holiday
  • Believing in this mermaid
  • Missing Xian
  • Minnie Driver plays devastated mother to a stillborn child
  • Business

  • A workplace of new possibilities
  • Learning by doing: pilgrimage of faith
  • Fiat-Chrysler to produce iconic Jeep in China from 2015
  • US commerce secretary spells out economic facet of ‘pivot to Asia’
  • Italy sells luxury state cars on eBay
  • Technology

  • Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature
  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • Cesar Chavez movie sparks memories of Fil-Am labor leaders
  • Filipinos in US poised for success
  • Visas for priests and other faith leaders
  • DOH to continue tracking co-passengers of OFW infected with MERS virus
  • 5 Filipinos with MERS in UAE reported in stable condition
  • Marketplace
    Advertisement