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CSC orders Baciwa
manager's reinstatement

The Civil Service Commission has ordered the reinstatement of Juliana Carbon as general manager of the Bacolod City Water District with payment of back salaries starting Aug. 18, 2015 until her actual reinstatement after invalidating the appointment of incumbent Baciwa general manager Mario Macatangay on Dec. 1, 2015.

The CSC decision signed by regional director Rodolfo Encajonado said Board Resolution dated June 11, 2015 requesting the Local Water Utilities Administration to extend Macatangay's designation as interim general manager for one year; Resolution 146 dated July 14 accepting and approving Carbon's voluntary retirement; and the letter dated July 15 of Baciwa chairman Ma. Aida Torre notifying Carbon that her application for voluntary retirement is approved, are considered “not in order.”

Encajonado, in an interview over Bombo Radyo, said the decision is not yet final because both parties can ask for reconsideration or appeal the case filed by Carbon for the release of her retirement incentives.

Macatangay yesterday said he received the CSC decision Thursday but was not able to read the whole document but only the dispositive portion since there was a meeting the next day and he had to go over or study the agenda that night.

He said it is up to the Board on what action to take, being the appointing authority.

Macatangay, however, said the CSC decision was not taken up during the Board meeting yesterday since they had different items in their agenda.

He said Carbon filed for retirement to be able to avail of her retirement incentives. So she wrote the Labor Management Consultative Council that she be released an initial P500,000 and the rest of the amount will be scheduled.

So the Board took action because if they do not act on her application for retirement they might be charged for “involuntary servitude,” Macatangay said.

The Local Water Utilities Administration had assigned Macatangay as interim general manager of Baciwa to oversee the water district after Carbon was preventively suspended by the previous Baciwa Board in 2014.

Because of the situation, Carbon filed for optional retirement on June 17, 2015, which took effect on August 18 of the same year, after serving Baciwa for almost 30 years.*CGS




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