NUEVA VIZCAYA, Philippines – Hours after Rappler reported complaints against Nueva Vizcaya Governor Ruth Padilla for allegedly ignoring a Civil Service Commission (CSC) order to reinstate about 60 employees, the dismissed workers were asked to report back to work on Friday, May 15.
An order, signed by Padilla and dated May 14, was received by the Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO) at 11 am Friday. Copies of it was circulated on social media.
Padilla issued the order after it was reported that some of the dismissed provincial government workers filed a complaint with the CSC, asking for the governor to be held in indirect contempt for refusing the heed the commission's order to reinstate the workers.
“After collegially ascertaining all necessary issues, financial or otherwise…you are hereby REQUIRED to report to your respective offices and positions immediately upon receipt hereof,” Padilla said in the order.
Padilla issued in June 2013 an executive order, removing or demoting some permanent employees from their positions. The EO noted that their appointments did not meet some specifications set by the commission itself.
In September 2014, the CSC ordered Padilla to reinstate the employees. Her motion for reconsideration was denied last March 17.
Meanwhile, one of the reinstate employees expressed hopes they will not be harassed when they report for work again.
“Hopefully, huwag kaming i-harass pag papasok na kami, although we are ready for whatever harassment they will do to us,” Leinilyn Gascon told Rappler. (Hopefully, they will not harass us when we report for work, although we are for whatever harassment they will do to us.)
Gascon said they are thankful for being reinstated after two years of battling against what they called an “illegal dismissal.” – Rappler.com