DILG warns: scam on barrio posts

Negros Oriental Department of Interior and Local Government Officer-In-Charge Dennis Quiñones warned all government officials not to entertain “unscrupulous individuals soliciting nominations and nominees to be appointed as OIC Punong Barangays.”

In fact, the local DILG officer in Tayasan had to seek assistance from superiors after certain personalities sought to take their oaths as OIC Barangay Captain.

In an advisory, DILG Secretary Ismael Sueno asked the public to ignore messages which may ask for money, favors and any other matter in exchange of appointment to government posts.

Quiñones explains that while it is certain that there will be no barangay elections on October 31, 2016, yet all elected Punong Barangays and Kagawads are expected to step down on November 30, 2016 when their terms expire as mandated by law.

In this regard, all Liga ng mga Barangay Presidents in cities, towns and province who are serving as ex-officio members of their respective Sanggunians shall also step down and refrain from exercising the powers and functions of the position unless authorized by law.

The DILG is still awaiting further instructions if the terms of incumbent barangay officials will be extended, act in holdover capacity or shall be appointed by the President or any other authority as provided by law.

Following the announcement that the barangay election has been postponed, numerous lending institutions have sought Quiñones’ certification that the incumbent officials shall serve until November 30, 2017 so they could enter into new loan agreements. He refused since the matter is beyond his control and authority.

As for the advisory from the DILG Secretary, Quiñones showed a sample text message that alarmed the central office: “Submission of your resume as aspiring OIC Barangay Captain to be endorsed/recommended by NICOPHIL to Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte National Executive Coordinating Committee (MRRD NECC). Applicants send resume to is extended until Sunday, (October 2016). FYI. We need 50, 000 OIC applicants nationwide.”

DILG disclaims any connection with the said organization or any other organization soliciting nomination for barangay chairman posts, local government post or any other post. The agency does not sanction or endorse any and all forms of solicitations from appointees.

It urged the concerned to “report these poseurs and conmen to Sr. Supt. Alex B. Sintin, Senior Police Assistant to the SILG at Camp Crame, Quezon City thru 09498464858 and 09989674884 PNP trunkline 723-0401 local 3421 and 3381.” (By Dems Demecillo)

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