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2 Capitol execs, 1 employee reinstated

TWO executives and one rank-and-file employee of the Provincial Government of Negros Occidental have been reinstated to service after serving the 60-day suspension.

Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, in a memorandum order dated September 10, 2020, lifted the suspension on lawyer Ariel Cuaycong, Attorney IV of the Provincial Legal Office; Ma. Mina Pellejo, provincial assistant department head and OIC of the Negros Occidental Comprehensive Health Program Division; and Warlito Butalon, bookkeeper 3.

The order also detailed Pellejo to the Economic Enterprise Development

Department.

Pellejo was also ordered to coordinate with Dr. Lucille Gelvolea, EEDD head, "to formulate measures for the economic recovery of the province from the Covid-19 pandemic."

"You shall report directly to the Office of the Governor in order to give updates on the effective implementation of the order," the order stated.

Cuaycong, on the other hand, was ordered to return to the PLO to resume his duties and responsibilities.

Butalon was also reinstated.

Pellejo, Cuaycong and Butalon were suspended for 60 days after facing administrative complaints.

Lawyer Alberto Nellas Jr., provincial legal officer, said the case of Pellejo stemmed from an internal audit report stating that she went beyond the NOCHP budget and incurred liabilities.

Pellejo has denied the allegations against her.

Cuaycong and Butalon were facing complaints for alleged inconsistencies in their daily time records, Nellas said.

In June, preventive suspensions were also issued against Provincial Budget Officer Jose Percival Salado Jr. and Mambukal Resort head Ellen Marie Jalandoni pending investigation of administrative charges against them.

The suspension of Salado and Jalandoni ended on August 7.


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