Chaos hits N. Vizcaya gov’t as 180 workers forced out of work

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya–Confusion and chaos continued to hound the provincial government here over attempts to remove from the payroll the names of 180 permanent employees who were allegedly terminated illegally by Gov. Ruth Padilla on July 1.

In the mad rush to release the already-delayed salaries of about 1,000 employees for the July 15 pay day, chiefs of office in the provincial government are bewildered over the legality of deleting the 180 employees from their payroll, after funds for their salaries were slashed from the newly-approved 2013 budget.

The officials expressed concern over possible legal action that they may face if they delete the employees’ names without any basis, since no order has emanated from the office of the governor to delist the employees from the payroll.

“It is disheartening that we (chiefs of office) are the ones being used as pawns here,” said an official, who asked not to be named for fear of reprisal.

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Victims of politics

N. Vizcaya workers unpaid; politics blamed

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya–The more than 1,000 officials and employees of the provincial government here are distressed over the non-payment of their salaries for July with delays widely blamed on “excessive” politicking by the province’s political leaders.

Employees said they felt demoralized after failing to receive their salaries on Friday afternoon, completing a one-week delay which, according to sources, is unprecedented in the history of the Nueva Vizcaya government.

“Our leaders seem oblivious of the fact that many, if not most of us live on a hand-to-mouth existence. We wish they would set aside political interests and start thinking about the families that are suffering,” said an employee, who asked not to be named for fear of harassment.

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