Department of Agriculture employees decry ouster

October 17, 2019
 Waldo Reyes Carpio

SERIAL contractual employees are up in arms over their alleged arbitrary dismissal from service at the Department of Agriculture.

The formal complaint addressed to President Rodrigo Duterte against Undersecretary Waldo Reyes Carpio stems from the alleged sudden termination of the contract of services of 10 contractual employees assigned at the Farm-to-Market Road Development Program (FMRDP) of DA, all claiming to have a valid contract effective until December 2019.

The complainants, Marissa Aguilar (Senior Administrative Assistant I), Leslie Albano (Project Assistant III); April Joy Ayson (Administrative Assistant III), Mark Paul Baldeo (Engineer II), Norman Boloron (Administrative Assistant V), Alberto Cachero (Project Assistant III), Robin  Christopher Cueva (Project Assistant IV), Jerry Gregorio (Administrative Assistant VI), William Inguito Jr. (Project Assistant IV), and Rea Queen Migalbin (Project Assistant IV), alleged that aside from the abrupt dismissal, Usec. Carpio has committed grave abuse of authority by illegally transferring contractuals from other sections to replace them.

The complainants also denounced non-payment of salary due.

They stressed that their termination was arbitrary and violated rules under the labor code.