Solon seeks probe of reshuffle of E. Samar government employees

January 16, 2019

A HOUSE leader has sought a congressional investigation into the alleged massive reshuffle of employees of the provincial government of Eastern Samar.

In House Resolution (HR) No. 2405, Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone, who chairs the House committee on public information, said the mass transfer of employees was affected through mere detail orders signed by the acting governor, Ferdinand Picardal.

Evardone called on the House of committee on civil service and professional regulation to immediately conduct an inquiry in aid of legislation into the matter.

The transfers, Evardone, said violate various laws governing the employment of civilian government personnel, the Magna Carta for Health Workers and other laws.

He said that in the second of January, Picarda issued the detail orders that affected at least 150 employees of the provincial government.

“Some of these appointive employees are medical professionals, such as physicians, nurses, hospital assistants, while others are social workers, development officers, and those in the rank and file,” he added.

As a result, Evardone said, “the affected provincial government employees experience difficulty in traveling to and from their new place of work, especially the elderly employees who are already senior citizens, as well as women-mother employees who are still breastfeeding their newborn.”

He said the orders were issued apparently to beat the deadline or election ban on transfers of employment in the civil service which was to begin on Sunday, January 13.

The affected provincial employees, he said, “claim that their sudden transfer caused them and their respective families added unexpected and unnecessary expenses, thus bringing them psychological and emotional stress.”