AFTER Mambaling residents reportedly disregarded minimum public health standards amid existing community quarantine protocol, Mambaling Barangay Captain Gines Abellana was ordered to explain himself.
The Department of the Interior and Local Governement-Central Visayas (DILG 7) served a show cause order (SCO) to Abellana and his Sangguniang Barangay (SB) members on Monday, July 20, 2020.
DILG 7 Director Leocadio Trovela ordered the officials to explain their alleged failure to perform the mandated duties and functions of a local chief executive and SB members during a state of national public health emergency.
In a statement, the DILG 7 said the video and photos posted online by a local newspaper on July 13 and 18 showed Mambaling residents roaming outside of their homes, seemingly disregarding the prescribed minimum public health standards like wearing of masks, social distancing, prohibition of mass gathering and strict home quarantine.
Residents were also seen loitering in Sitio Alaska, while children were playing and some huddled to witness a cockfight.
Photos showing residents swimming near the construction site of Cebu’s third bridge at the South Road Properties also surfaced.
Abellana and the SB members were given 48 hours from receipt of the order to submit their written explanation as to why no administrative charges should be filed against them.
The DILG 7 first issued SCOs to 11 Cebu City barangay officials including those of barangays Basak San Nicolas, Calamba, Inayawan, Guadalupe, Basak Pardo, Cogon Pardo, Sto. Niño, San Nicolas Proper, Capitol Site and Bulacao. (WBS with PR)