MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is set to file charges against local government units (LGU) that failed to comply with the agency’s clearing operations program.
According to Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya, they are currently evaluating the explanations of non-compliant LGUs before deciding on filing a formal complaint against them.
“Definitely, I can assure you magpa-file kami sa Office of the Ombudsman ng mga kaso laban doon sa mga mayors na hindi katanggap-tanggap ang kanilang mga paliwanag,” Malaya said.
(Definitely, I can assure you that we will file charges at the Office of the Ombudsman against the Mayors who have unacceptable reasons.)
Based on its records, the DILG noted a total of 101 from more than 1,500 LGUs remain non-compliant with the standards set by the DILG on the course of the 60-day clearing operations directed by President Rodrigo Duterte.
The clearing operations ran from September to October this year.
Meanwhile, the DILG is now drafting the guidelines for another round of clearing operations which will run for 75 days and to be launched before the year ends.
Malaya explained that they aim to widen its scope which will include anti-smoking, anti-drug abuse, disaster preparedness and even the ease in doing business.
“Kailangan natin ng kultura, ng disiplina, hindi lang kultura ng disiplina sa bangketa, kultura ng disiplina din sa ibang bagay, (We need culture and discipline not only on sidewalks but in other things as well,)” the official concluded. — MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)
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