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Gov Padilla eyes ‘win-win’ solution for Nueva Vizcaya, dismissed workers

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Nueva Vizcaya Governor Carlos Padilla said that a “win-win” solution on the five-year court battle between the provincial government and 49 dismissed employees will be reached soon.

The Nueva Vizcaya politiko made the remark following a Supreme Court ruling upholding the dismissal of the provincial workers hired by former governor Lusia Cuaresma.

Padilla said the provincial government has corrected “a wrong-doing which resulted in the promotion of employees without the backing of a legitimate provincial budget to pay for their salaries.”

“Political retribution was never the intention in the first place. It is a fact that most of the affected employees remained connected with the provincial government under my watch,” he explained.

After Padilla won in 2016, he urged the dismissed workers to go back to their former positions if they were still vacant.

He said a Return to Work Order in October 2016 reinstated the 46 employees.

“Now that the Supreme Court has ruled that the dismissal order has valid grounds contrary to the earlier decision of Civil Service Commission-Regional Office 02, we feel vindicated,” Padilla added.

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