By Chito Chavez
Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Eduardo Año warned all DILG field personnel to strictly scrutinize the character and background of all the detailed personnel of the local government units (LGUs) assigned to the DILG field offices.
The call was made on the heels of a recent incident in which a government employee who was busted in a drug operation in Siocon, Zamboanga Del Norte was erroneously reported to be a DILG employee.
Año clarified that the arrested suspect, Gary Cabanit, 38, is a job order worker of the LGU of Siocon town assigned by the municipal mayor to the DILG-Siocon Field Office.
The field report submitted to the DILG Central Office showed that Cabanit, an alleged member of the Sahibad Drug Group and a drug surrenderer, was arrested by the Siocon police inside the DILG-Siocon field office at 6:37 p.m. of September 9.
“Mr. Cabanit is not included in the DILG’s master list of Municipal Local Government Operations Officers (MLGOO) and does not hold an employer-employee relationship with the Department,” he said.
The DILG Chief maintained the “DILG does not condone any activities of DILG employees or LGU-staff assigned at the DILG field offices involving the use or trade of illegal drugs, most especially inside the office premises.”
Año has instructed all DILG field personnel to be vigilant in accepting detailed personnel assigned by the LGU to the DILG field offices and ensure that there will be no repeat of similar incidents across the