• Workers challenge governor over dismissal

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    BAMBANG, Nueva Vizcaya: Dismissed permanent employees of the provincial government had sought the Civil Service Commission (CSC) to step into their illegal dismissal.

    But not all the more than 300 fired workers mustered the courage and resources to question the order of dismissal by the provincial government through Executive Order (EO) 3.

    For fear of being further harassed, the dismissed employees asked not to be identified. They said they are set to file an appeal before the Tuguegarao City CSC regional office.

    The complainants are provincial health workers who have been in the government service for at least five years.

    In her EO, Gov. Ruth Padilla has “nullified, withdrawn and revoked” their appointments and promotions which also states that “the appointments and promotions of some employees were made in the absence of a Personnel Selection Board which should have been created in accordance with law.”

    Padilla issued the EO a few days after she assumed office saying it is also part of the new provincial leadership’s mere proper housekeeping move.

    The dismissed employees, however, alleged that this provincial government’s move is politically motivated.

    ”This move is designed to harass especially those employees who were identified with the past administration of former Gov. Luisa Cuaresma,” an affected employee said of the Padilla leadership.

    ”[Our] dismissal was arbitrary, unjust and without basis, forcing us with no recourse but to seek redress with the CSC,” the employee said.

    The affected employee said of their dismissal: “This is plain and simple political harassment. It’s unjust and arbitrary. They did not even consider our long years of dedicated service to the provincial government.”

    “We earned our appointments and promotions not through political considerations. We earned it through competence, experience and dedication to service,” a dismissed worker from the Nueva Vizcaya Provincial Hospital (NVPH) in Bambang town said.

    Claiming that the dismissal was illegal and unjust, the legal team representing the dismissed employees said that besides appealing with the CSC, they will also file charges of grave abuse of authority against Padilla before the Ombudsman.

    “We regret to be going this far, but we have our family, especially our children who need support for their education. We feel we have been deprived of our right to earn a living,” said a hospital specialist who is the only breadwinner in the family.

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