By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson dismissed the administrative case of grave misconduct filed against Ellen Jalandoni, the supervisor of the Mambukal Resort and Wildlife Sanctuary.
Provincial Legal Office head, Atty. Alberto Nellas, Jr. said the dismissal of the case, released last month, was due to a lack of substantive evidence.
The decision said Jalandoni’s actions appear to be motivated by managerial concerns rather than an attempt to infringe on workers’ rights.
“It appears that the respondent’s actions were motivated by the need to efficiently manage the resources of the resort rather than a willful attempt to interfere with the employment relationship between RBA [Janitorial and Manpower Services] and its janitors. The resort’s success and effective resource utilization were among her intentions, which can be viewed positively,” the decision read.
“The evidence presented does not meet the substantial evidence threshold required to hold Jalandoni liable for grave misconduct,” it added.
In March 2020, an administrative complaint was filed by five employees of RBA Janitorial and Manpower Services, who accused Jalandoni of misconduct and other irregularities.
The complainants alleged that Jalandoni failed to provide them with needed supplies, made them perform work outside of their usual line of services, and ordered their unauthorized summary termination.
Jalandoni was later reassigned to the office of the vice governor after a show cause order was issued in 2020./DGB, WDJ