By Chito Chavez
With the deadline set by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Sunday (September 29), DILG Undersecretary and Spokesman Jonathan Malaya asked the local government units (LGU) nationwide to ensure their compliance to the clearing operations of government properties in their respective turfs as ordered by President Duterte.
While significant progress is obvious in many LGUs, Malaya said there is more room for improvement and “much remains to be done’’.
As previously announced by DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año, Malaya stressed “there will be no extension of the 60-day deadline set under DILG Memorandum Circular (MC) 121-2019, which is in compliance with the directive of the President for all LGUs to return to public use all roads and sidewalks that have been appropriated for private ends’’.
“We wish to remind all city and municipal mayors that the power to discipline negligent or uncooperative barangay captains is in your hands’’, Malaya said.
Under the Local Government Code, Malaya reminded the local chief executives (LCE) of their “primary disciplining authority over your Punong Barangays’’.
“Therefore, we urge you to utilize your powers – without fear or favor – whenever necessary and make them accountable for their performance,’’ he added.
Starting Monday (September 30), Malaya said the DILG Validation Teams will be visiting all LGUs for an assessment.
The teams will be composed of a Local Government Operations Officer and representatives from the Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), a DILG-accredited non-government organization (NGO), and the media.
Malaya explained the said validation teams will make the assessment based on an LGU’s compliance with the criteria and parameters set forth in DILG MC 121-2019.
He said “those who are found to be non-compliant will be issued Show Cause Orders by Secretary Año before their names are submitted to the President’’.
“We urge the public to support your respective LGU officials and to immediately self-demolish structures that have encroached on a public street or road. The success of this program also depends on the cooperation of the general public,’’ Malaya said.
“We hope that this program starts a culture of discipline that our country desperately needs. Let our battle cry be #DisplinaMuna in order to sustain the gains that we have achieved for the long run,’’ he concluded.