Vizcaya governor told to reinstate 82 fired workers

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BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya: The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has ordered the provincial government to reinstate 82 dismissed employees via a controversial Executive Order issued by the governor upon her assumption into office in July.

In a 20-page decision, CSC Regional Director Bienvenida Ragucos for Region 2 stated that the CSC “holds and so rules that all employees affected by the issuance and implementation of Executive Order (EO) 3 . . . be reinstated.”

Ragucos also ordered that the 82 employees named in the decision be reinstated “to their former position with payment of backwages to be computed from the time they were illegally dismissed from the government service up to the time of their actual and/or payroll reinstatement.”

To recall, Governor Ruth Padilla upon assumption into office on July 1 has issued EO 3 “recalling, withdrawing and revoking” appointments issued by the previous administration.


EO 3 states further that the issuance was due to the previous administration’s appointments of employees from January to June of 2013, which were in “violation of the Local Government Code, the Omnibus Election Code and the Civil Service laws, rules and regulations.”

Under the past administration of Gov. Luisa Lloren Cuaresma, there were two sets of appointments issued which were affected by the issuance of EO 3; for the month of June 2013, there were 18 appointees but only 13 employees appealed and from January to March of 2013, there were 196, only 84 appealed.

As an offshoot of EO 3, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan took the cue and passed Provincial Appropriation Act 2013-01, Section 4.10 of which served as the basis for the Provincial Budget Office to “delist” the employees from the payroll.

Sec. 4.10 provided that all vacant funded positions including those filled up by virtue of appointments made from January 1 to June 30, 2013 are declared “unfunded due to excessive and unilateral appointments.”

Padilla also claimed that the appointments and promotions of the affected employees violated the Omnibus Election Code as these were “made during the prohibitory period of 45 days prior to the May 13 elections.”

In her EO, Padilla also claimed that the appointments of the affected employees were made in the absence of personnel selection board (PSB) created in accordance with the law.

But the CSC in its findings based on existing records said that there was an existing selection board during the previous administration, which screened and deliberated the appointments and promotions of the affected employees.

Also citing rules and regulation on its “sole power” to take appropriate action on all appointments and other personnel matters which include authority to recall an appointment, the CSC said Padilla has “overstepped her authority.”

”[It] is clear that Gov. Padilla overstepped her authority by arrogating unto herself a power which, by clear mandate of the law, resides in the Commission,” the CSC decision said.

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