DILG exec says no extension seen on Sept. 29 deadline for clearing operations

Published September 27, 2019, 12:47 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Chito Chavez 

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary for Barangay Affairs Martin Diño stressed on Friday there will be no extension of the September 29, 2019 deadline for the clearing of public properties from all obstructions imposed by the agency to the local government units (LGU) nationwide.

He warned barangay officials the DILG will issue a show cause order, if warranted, saying that beginning Sunday verification of their public property clearing operation reports will be validated.

In case of unsatisfactory or false accomplishment reports, Diño said the DILG may file charges against them before the Office of the Ombudsman if the city mayor wishes.

“The mayors which is under their authority may file the charges or they may seek the assistance of the DILG if they want to,’’ Diño said.

Diño said the Office of the President can suspend mayors who continuously defy the order based on the DILG recommendation.

Tess Vergara of the DILG Public Affairs Office said DILG Secretary Eduardo Año has assigned officials to validate the reports submitted by the local chief executives (LCE).

Currently, the DILG legal team, according to Vergara, is weighing what possible sanctions could be meted for the non-complying LCEs, noting the punishment will still depend on the gravity of the violation.

Meanwhile, Diño noted his office had sent show-cause orders to about 1,200 officials to allow them to explain why they should not face punishments for their failure to sanction residents who dump trash into rivers and canals that flow into Manila Bay.

He said violators may be penalized with a P300 to P1,000 fine and community service of one to 15 days under the law.

To recall Manila Bay’s clean-up was started on Jan. 27, three months after the government ended the six-month closure of Boracay island, the country’s famed tourist spot.