FIVE Northern Luzon mayors who were absent from their posts during the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong in September 2018 may face possible administrative sanctions before the Office of the Ombudsman, while six others will be issued a written admonition after an investigation into their conduct was done by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
DILG Assistant Secretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said that based on the findings and recommendations of the DILG Central Office validation team, the five mayors’ explanations were found to be “inadequate and unjustified” and “whose acts probably violated existing laws, rules and regulations.”
“Despite having knowledge of the impending typhoon and the DILG advisory, said mayors were not in their posts during the typhoon. Such act on their part may be considered as dereliction of duty, negligence, or other administrative offense. We have referred their case to the Office of the Ombudsman,” he said.
On the other hand, six mayors will receive a written admonition from DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año for disregarding the DILG advisory/directives requiring their physical presence during calamities and for their “failure to personally supervise and/or manage the evacuation, rescue and relief operations of their constituents on September 14, 15, and 16, 2018”.
“Secretary Año’s directive was very clear. The physical presence of the mayor in his area of responsibility is crucial; his absence adversely affects the operation of the LGU and it is their constituents who suffer,” Malaya said.