DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Seventeen department heads of the Davao del Sur provincial government tendered their resignation on Thursday, August 4, when Governor Douglas Cagas reported for work after posting bail for a murder case.
Cagas was imprisoned for two years over the murder of a broadcaster, but he posted bail on August 3.
The employees, mostly occupying frontline service posts, said they can “no longer carry out effectively and efficiently” their duties and functions because they “don’t share the same perspective [as the governor] in terms of advocating true and genuine public service, and in upholding sustainable developmental programs to benefit all sectors of the entire province regardless of political beliefs and affiliations.”
Their two-page resignation was addressed to Cagas and was dated August 4.
Among those who resigned were:
- Robert Bellarmine Bajo – Planning and Development Office
- Ma Cecilia Domingo – Budget Office
- Dorothy Joy Angeles Ramos – Provincial Accountant
- Nally Bangoy – Assistant Provincial Agriculturist
- Dr Nestor Barroga – Veterinary Office
- Engineer Gilbert Algaba – Engineering Office
- Esterlita Hermosisima – Social Welfare and Development Office
- Rodilla Penas – Supervising Administrative Officer
- Dr Glinard Quezada – Chief of Hospital
- Dr Emerson Taghoy – Internal Medicine
- Cecille Gretchen Nawal – Assistant Provincial Treasurer
- Genaro Dumayas – General Services Office
- Harry Chester Camoro – Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council
- Pedro Benedicto Pabalan – Project Evaluation Officer
- Dimples Lapaz – HRMO
- Engineer Eddie Pascua – Statistician
- Jose Rey Lapaz – Laboratory Technician
Bajo told reporters, “It is not politics, it is just don’t feel comfortable working with Cagas.”
The employees said they worked well with former Governor Claude Bautista, but the latter did not seek re-election in Davao del Sur.
In May 2016, Bautista ran and won as governor in the newly-created province of Davao Occidental.
Bautista denied having a hand in the mass resignation of the Davao del Sur employees, but admitted about 300 employees from his former province want to apply for work in his new province.
He said he cannot offer these workers plantilla positions at the Davao Occidental provincial government since the law requires residency for certain posts. “The employees are willing to work as contractual or job order employees,” however, he said.
“There are more than 300 employees who want to work with me here, but I cannot accommodate all of them. It will paralyze the operations of Davao del Sur provincial office, and I don’t want to paralyze the government office in Davao del Sur,” Bautista said. – Rappler.com
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