The Undersecretary for Special Concerns of the Department of Agriculture (DA) vehemently denies all the accusations being made against him as reported in several publications recently.
The dismissal from service of all the complainants, contrary to their claim, was legal, just and in compliance with existing laws and regulations.
As Contract of Service Employees, their service is governed by the Civil Service Commission-Commission on Audit-Department of Budget and Management Joint Secular 1, series 2017 and 2018 and their service is governed by the terms and conditions provided for in their contracts and not the Labor Code. They have no security of tenure and that there is no employer-employee relationship between the complainants and the DA.
The documents show that, while their contracts are valid up to Dec. 31, 2019, the said contracts can, however, be pre-terminated by either party, the Complainants or the Department of Agriculture, by giving notice in writing, 15 days prior to termination. This is found in item 9 of their contracts.
Contrary to their claim of abrupt, arbitrary and immediate dismissal, all of the complainants were notified of their termination 15 days prior to its effectivity in strict compliance with the terms and conditions of their contract.
Further, the alleged non-payment of salary was due to the same being subject for clearance by the Property Division of the Department. In fact, as far as the Undersecretary for Special Concerns is concerned, the complainants have already been cleared.
The Undersecretary did not commit any abuse of authority despite the claims of complainants. As previously stated, the service of contract of service personnel is governed by the terms and conditions provided for in their contracts. The documents will show and belie any claim of misconduct on the part of the good Undersecretary.
The Undersecretary denounces this malicious publication and grossly irresponsible journalism by some of the members of the press. The failure of some of the press to conduct due diligence in verifying the allegations reek malice and intent, thus, besmirched the good reputation of the good Undersecretary. The Undersecretary is studying any possible legal actions that he may avail against these malicious allegations against him.
Undersecretary for Special Concerns
Department of Agriculture