NegOcc Capitol union files formal complaint vs HR chief

PHOTO CAPTION: Renelo Lastierre, PACE president, reading the resolution passed by the union, endorsing the formal complaint to the office of Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson./iNEWS

BACOLOD CITY–The Progressive Alliance of Capitol Employees (PACE) has filed a formal administrative complaint against Atty. Annabelle Palic, Human Resource Management Office (HRMO) head, before the office of Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson for alleged acts of oppression prejudicial to public interest, and grave abuse of discretion.

According to PACE president Renelo Lastierre, the filing of complaints against Atty. Palic, which was unanimously approved by the PACE board of directors through a resolution, stemmed from accusations by some aggrieved Capitol employees, including those who already retired from government service, against her.

“We believe that her continued existence (sic) in the Provincial Government will be prejudicial to the interest (of the Provincial Government) and will do more harm to the administration of Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson,” Lastierre said.

He added that the morale of Capitol employees would be lifted if their complaints were to be given due consideration.

Lastierre said almost 700 Capitol employees have signed the petition against the HRMO head, with some alleging in sworn statements that they were deprived of leave credits during the pandemic or, in the case of retirees, that they encountered difficulties in accessing their documents, which the union claims qualifies as oppression.

“The entire workforce believes that the character and attitude of Palic is never fit to be part of public service or as a public servant because she never had the heart and compassion for workers of this Province, and she had continuously displayed such arrogance to workers’ plight, which affects the productivity and working environment in this Province,” the PACE, in its approved resolution, claimed.

“We pray with all good intentions that the provincial government be informed and that the moral of the workforce moral be uplifted by the giving of due consideration to the mentioned complaints,” it also said.

Lastierre also said they will likewise file administrative and criminal complaints against Palic before the Office of the Ombudsman.

The PACE, he added, welcomes the “reforms for all” being undertaken by the provincial government, including the rehabilitation of the core attitude to serve than to be served and the restoration of the integrity and virtues of public servants as encapsulated in the theme “Kawani ay Bayaning Manggagagawa” or government employees as “Heroes in Public Service”.

Palic was reassigned at the Negros First Cyber Centre after a petition against her by the union. She could not be reached for comment as of press time. (Eugene Y. Adiong/iNEWS-Bacolod/Negros Bureau)

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