THE national government’s stern warning against “lazy and sleepy” barangay officials across the country is a welcome development in the fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), through Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya, issued the stern warning following reports that some village executives refuse to work.
Malaya said these lazy barangay authorities are even afraid to get out of their house to see to it that President Duterte’s order placing Luzon under enhanced community quarantine is implemented.
“Iyong iba po (ay) imbes na gumalaw, nasa social media (at) kung anu-anong sinasabi,” according to the highly-articulate and workaholic undersecretary of the DILG.
After addressing the COVID-19 problem, which continues to worry health authorities across the globe, the government, through concerned officials, will assess the performance of village officials.
The DILG undersecretary said that lazy barangay chairmen and other officials face investigation, warning that “ang mga tamad at pabagal-bagal na opisyal ay mahaharap sa kaso.”
“We do not want sana to do this, pero hindi po talaga maganda ang naririnig namin sa ilang mga kapitan na parang pabaya, hindi po nila siniseryoso itong ating enhanced community quarantine,” added Malaya.
Likewise, Undersecretary Malaya said that local government units (LGUs) ought to utilize their quick response funds “para magbigay ng pagkain sa kani-kanilang indigent constituents.”
“Kailangan lang pong bilisan ng ating mga kapitan, mayor ang kanilang galaw kasi kapag sikmura na ang kumakalampag, hindi po natin masisisi ang ating mga kababayan kung hindi po sila susunod doon sa ating mga patakaran,” said Malaya.
Thus, barangay officials, particularly the village chairmen, would do well to act now – and fast – if we are to meet the mushrooming needs of the people during the enhanced community quarantine.