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BACIWA files MR on CSC decision

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO

The Bacolod City Water District officially filed a motion for reconsideration on Decision No. 210015 of Civil Service Commission Regional Office VI ordering the reinstatement of the 50 declared redundant employees and payment of their backwages.

The motion for reconsideration was filed within the reglamentary period and the execution of the CSC decision will be held in abeyance pending the resolution of the case, a press release from Baciwa said.

CSC regional director Nelson Sarmiento ordered the reinstatement of the Baciwa employees who were dismissed from work last December 31, 2020 over alleged redundancy of job.

In a 38-page decision dated August 20, Sarmiento stressed that there is no strong indication that the reorganization in Baciwa, following its partnership with Prime Water Infrastructure Corporation, resulted in the redundancy of the positions of the terminated employees.

The CSC official also said the evidence of redundancy is that the existing manpower exceeds more than what is necessary in the operation of a certain agency, which means that an employee may only be declared redundant if his or her services are already in excess of what is demanded by the actual requirement of the agency. 

Sarmiento ordered that the terminated workers should be reinstated without loss of seniority and will be entitled to full pay from time of their separation until actual reinstatement.*

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