Año vows to punish corrupt local officials

Published June 23, 2020, 1:50 PM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Chito Chavez

Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año vowed to continuously run after corrupt local officials involved in social amelioration program (SAP) irregularities.

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año  (PCOO/ MANILA BULLETIN)
DILG Secretary Eduardo Año (PCOO / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

In Monday’s meeting with the President, Año said that 157 cases were already filed against the errant local government officials before the prosecutor’s office while 61 cases are being closely investigated.

Año pointed out that the rogue officials not only violated SAP regulations but had the gall to directly benefit from the cash aid for the “poorest among the poor’’.

With regards to the administrative cases, Año reported that charges were filed before the Office of the Ombudsman against 153 barangay captains and five barangay sanggunian members.

Of the 153 barangay captains charged, Año said 20 are from the national capital region (NCR).

Año noted that investigations against corrupt local officials will be intense as more complaints as the DILG and CIDG expect more complaints to come.

He also noted that the second tranche cash aid distribution under the SAP started on June 11 which was done through the partnership of the DILG and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Año said that the 4Ps recipients which accounted for 1,335 individuals or 711 families were first handed out with the second wave cash aid.

On June 15, Año reported that the cash aid distribution in the second tranche was started in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Region 1 and Region 3.

Last Monday, June 22, the second cash aid distribution began in all the regions including the beneficiaries in Metro Manila who failed to receive their financial grants during the initial wave.

 
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