BY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL G. BAÑAGA
The Progressive Alliance of Capitol Employees (PACE) has forwarded a petition yesterday calling for the ouster of Negros Occidental Human Resources Management Office (HRMO) head, Atty. Anabelle Palic.
PACE President Renelo Lastierre said there are several employees of the provincial government who have approached them claiming they were “de-credited” when they underwent quarantine due to coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19.
Lastierre said that since they are risking their lives in order to serve the public, they believe that the Civil Service Commission (CSC) does not allow deductions during the quarantine period.
He also received complaints coming from retirees claiming the HRMO is requiring them to submit 10-year copies of their Income Tax Returns which, Lastierre explained, the retirees can hardly produce.
Lastierre pointed out that the HRMO itself should be the repository of these official documents.
“This is too much of a requirement, because some of the employees here are unable to have their documents signed by their former bosses who are no longer with us,” he said.
The PACE head also pointed out such clearances are also not necessary anymore for retirees’ retirement claims.
“Several retirees have not received their GSIS retirement benefits yet because HR is not endorsing their papers. She held their papers that’s why they cannot yet enjoy the fruits of their labor,” Lastierre said.
He also bared that several health workers who are frontliners who are exposed to danger in this time of pandemic are also complaining of delayed travel allowance, longevity pay and even unreasonable transfer and discrimination.
Several job order employees are also complaining of delayed salaries.
A substantial number of employees have already signed the petition, and more provincial employees, especially those working in provincial government-controlled hospitals, are signing for Palic’s removal.
In response to the allegations, Palic said she will answer the complaints at the proper venue, pointing out it is still premature for her to give a reaction as she had not received the copy of the petition complaint.
PACE has already submitted yesterday afternoon their petition to the office of Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson./DGB, WDJ