Low morale noted among city rank and file

Puerto Princesa City Hall (Photo//Palawan News)

Many rank and file employees at City Hall have expressed dismay at the successive changes in administration brought by the recent decisions of the Ombudsman on a pending case facing embattled mayor Lucilo Bayron.

Random interviews conducted by Palawan News among middle managers and ordinary employees indicated common concerns over the delays and interruptions on city government initiatives and public services.

City Health Office-Sanitation Inspector Fernando Reynoso said that the mayhem in the administration will create a big impact to the people of the community. “Ang apektado talaga dito ay ang taong bayan. Kasi kapag papalit-palit ang administrasyon, mabagal ang delivery ng public service sa mamamayan,” he said.

He added that the specific concern of their department is the tendency of many barangay health workers to lose interest in their work.

Dahil sa papalit-palit na administrasyon, kokonti na lang ‘yung mga nagiging active na barangay workers,” said Reynoso.

Person with Disability Affairs Office (PDAO) Program Manager Genaro Manaay, meanwhile, said he is upset with the likelihood of Vice Mayor Luis Marcaida taking over the position of mayor from incumbent Lucilo Bayron.

Kung ang itinakda sayo ay para sa bise mayor lang, dapat ‘yun lang,” said Manaay.

A job order employee from City Information Officer (CIO), Carlo Del Castillo, said that he worries about the delay of their salary and the possibility of losing job in the transition of the administration.

He also said that it was just a month since they started their job in the city government when Bayron returned as city mayor.

Isang buwan pa lang kami nagtatrabaho tapos mawawalan agad kami ng trabaho,” said Del Castillo, who added he his hoping for a faster release of their salaries.

Hindi naman pwedeng maging serbisyong nilimot ‘yun, kailangan namin makuha ‘yung sahod namin,” said Del Castillo.

March Buday, a casual employee and clerk in the Permit and Licensing Office, said that the transactions in the city government are made easier with the presence of casual employees, who are also the ones expected to suffer from the abrupt changes in the administration.

Ganun na naman ‘yung mangyayari, magtatagal na naman ‘yung pirmahan ng mga papeles at delayed na naman ‘yung mga sahod namin,” said Buday.

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