THE newly assumed Isabela mayor said he ordered the termination of the 232 job order (JO) workers of the municipal government effective on Thursday, April 20.
Isabela Mayor Joselito Malabor, in an order dated April 20, directed all department heads to inform all JOs under their supervision that their services are terminated.
By the rule of succession, Malabor succeeded former Mayor Enrique Montilla III, who died of pneumonia leading to cardiac arrest on April 13.
Malabor said the affected employees, whose salaries are charged under the Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses, will be subjected to a performance evaluation by the transition team.
Department heads will also submit a performance report and recommendation, he added.
He said their posts will be temporarily vacated pending the evaluation, which will start next week.
“If they pass the evaluation, they will be rehired,” Malabor said.
He said they will hasten the transition so that the operations and delivery of basic services of the municipal government will not be affected.
Malabor said the termination order was based on a development management framework.
“So we will know the direction of the town and to determine how much workforce is needed,” the mayor said.
Malabor added that four co-terminus employees of the town, including the administrator, executive assistants, and secretary, were also terminated.
“After the passing of Mayor Montilla, their employment also ended,” he said.
Malabor said he is open to reconciling with the Montilla family.
He revealed that he met with Montilla three weeks before the mayor died.
Malabor said the late mayor asked him to spearhead the town fiesta celebration this month.
Montilla also told him about the programs that he intended to implement.
Malabor assured his constituents that he will continue the programs of Montilla.
The late mayor was linked to the killing of Malabor’s elder brother, the late Fifth District board member Renator Malabor, in June 2015.
Montilla had denied the allegation, and more than 200 village officials signed a manifesto of support for the mayor.
Published in the SunStar Bacolod newspaper on April 21, 2017.
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