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DILG's Diño: Barangay execs remiss in their duties face suspension

The Department of the Interior and Local Government on Wednesday warned barangay officials who refuse to perform their duties and obligations amid the enhanced community quarantine to curb the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 will be suspended.

Interviewed on Dobol B sa News TV, DILG Undersecretary for Barangay Affairs Martin Diño said officials failing to do their tasks will be suspended.

“Kung hindi kayo kikilos baka hindi kayo aabot nitong buwan or next month. Wala na kayo sa puwesto niyo.  Imomonitor namin kayo ng DILG dahil obligasyon niyo,” he said.

According to him, the barangay governments will lead in the distribution of food, from the Department of Social Welfare and Development to Luzon citizens.

Diño urged barangay officials to utilize their resources to aid affected residents.

“Tinatawagan  natin all barangays, lalo na  mga kapitan, gamitin niyo ang resources niyo. Lahat ng mga sasakyan, na gamitin niyo sa mga nangangailangan na dadalhin sa ospital, o kung malayo sa grocery,” he said.

He also encouraged residents to report irresponsible barangay officials.

"Pakiusap ko naman sa mga mamamayan ng barangay kapag ang kapitan niyo, barangay officials niyo ay tutulog-tulog, i-report niyo ‘yan,” he said.

In a separate Dobol B sa News TV interview, DILG chief Eduardo Año said the public could make a report to the agency’s hotlines and website.

“Meron kaming hotlines at website, padala kayo ng mga impormasyon doon,” Año said.

Año said there are more or less 25,000 barangays in the entire Luzon, noting that the police and military could not solely enforce the guidelines in all of them, especially the curfew.

Enhanced community quarantine has been imposed over entire Luzon due to the "sustained community transmission" of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

As part of this, the entry and exits at the borders of quarantine areas will be restricted. All public transport and some works are also suspended. Residents are strictly advised to stay at home. —Joviland Rita/LBG/KBK, GMA News