By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
According to Bacolod City Councilor Ricardo Tan, the responsibility for paying the back wages of Bacolod City Water District (Baciwa) General Manager Juliana Carbon, who was previously reinstated by the Civil Service Commission (CSC), lies with “those responsible for her illegal termination.”
In a CSC decision last year, Carbon was reinstated as general manager after she filed a constructive dismissal case, when an employee is forced to resign following an event such as a demotion or discrimination, claiming she was subject to “illegal suspension.”
The agency also awarded her back pay for the time she was out of her post.
Tan noted, since the issue stemmed between Carbon and the Baciwa Board of Directors, it should be the latter taking care of the matter.
“They should be the ones responsible for paying [back wages], not Baciwa, particularly its consumers,” the city councilor explained.
However, according to Baciwa Board Secretary Mona Dia-Jardin, they have yet to schedule a meeting as Baciwa Chairman, Atty. Lorendo Dilag, is in Manila on official business.
Meanwhile, Carbon has yet to assume her previous post as Baciwa has not issued a resolution for her reinstatement, which is required despite the CSC order.
In the same order, the appointment of current general manager, Engr. Mario Macatangay, was invalidated./DGB, WDJ