Twelve staff members of Barangay Batasan Hills in Quezon City were fired for holding a Christmas party which is prohibited under the general community quarantine to prevent the spread of the contagious coronavirus,
Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said she was informed by Chairman Jojo Abad about the dismissal of the 12 barangay staff due to quarantine violations. They were identified as Leticia Samar, Michelle Saragcon, Ma. Elena Olesco, Nora Elizaga, Meann Ubang, Rowena Almonicar, Jocelyn Leonero, Ritchie Ancero, Manilyn Mejia, Gemma Relata, Marizen Misolas and Alejandro Cabello.
“This termination of appointment is issued against the above-mentioned names from the Office of the Chairman due to disrespect of office protocols and insubordination,” Abad said in a letter terminating the services of the barangay staff and ordered them to turn over all properties of the barangay in their possession such as uniform, frontliner ID and barangay radio.
Belmonte lauded Abad for his quick action on the matter after his attention was called by netizens for violation of social distancing based on the pictures posted by Misolas on social media.
“Nagpapasalamat tayo kay kapitan Abad sa mabilis niyang pagkilos sa isyung ito na napakaseryosong bagay, lalo pa’t may kinalaman ito sa ating kalusugan (I thank Chairman Abad for his quick action on this very serious matter that involves our health),” Belmonte said.
“May we always follow the protocols and become good examples to the public,” the mayor added.
Misolas, in a social media post, admitted she invited a team of barangay employees and volunteers for dinner and drinks but insisted they followed the necessary health protocols, especially the 30-percent venue capacity.
The LGU noted, however, that the city’s guidelines pertained to essential work-related gatherings such as conferences, trainings and workshops.
Misolas, however, admitted they failed to observe social distancing during their photo session.