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Suspended ex-HRMO chief back to work

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

Atty. Annabelle Palic, former chief of the Human Resource Management Office of the Provincial Government, is back to work after her 60-day preventive suspension ended October 4, as confirmed yesterday by Provincial Legal Officer Alberto Nellas Jr.

Nellas said that Palic returned to her last assigned post at the Negros Cyber Center.

The suspension came after Palic was formally charged before the Provincial Legal Office for alleged oppression, conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service, grave misconduct and for being notoriously undesirable, based on the complaints filed against her by the Progressive Alliance of Capitol Employees, and retirees.

But Nellas said that the hearing on complaints against Palic continues, adding that they already presented the first prosecution witness.

On the other hand, Nellas said that the complaint against former Provincial Agriculturist Japhet Masculino and two other employees, in connection with the two “under specs” grain dryers, said their findings showed that it was “simple misconduct”.

It is because there is no element of corruption, and the government has not suffered any damage, since no payment has been done, he added.

While it was already considered resolved, Nellas, however, said they issued a stern warning against two provincial government employees.

But he added that the hearing on two complaints against Masculino, including the unpaid P1 million catering services and unfinished 23 irrigation projects, are also still ongoing.*

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