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‘Look into termination of Baciwa employees’

The Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod is requesting President Rodrigo Duterte, through the Department of Justice, to look into the termination of 60 employees of the Bacolod City Water District due to redundancy that emanated from the Joint Venture Agreement between Baciwa and PrimeWater.

A resolution, authored by Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr., said Baciwa is considered a government-owned-and-controlled corporation, and is imbued with public interest as its creation or charter emanated from Presidential Decree 198, or the Provincial Water Utilities Act of 1973.

The resolution added that Baciwa Board Resolution 172 series of 2020 declares the 60 employees to be redundant and are thereby separated from the water district.

Section 18 of PD 198 provides that the function of the board is to establish policy and shall not engage in the derailed management of the water district, the resolution said.

Section 2 of Republic Act 6656, or An Act to Protect the Security of Tenure of Civil Service Officers and Employees in the Implementation of Government Reorganization, provides that no officer or employee in the career service shall be removed except for a valid cause and after due notice and hearing, it added. The resolution claimed that these employees were terminated and replaced by employees of Prime Water Infrastructure Inc.*CGS

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