DILG INVESTIGATING MAYORS NOT PRESENT IN LOCALITIES DURING ONSLAUGHT OF ‘OMPONG’
The Department on Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Tuesday announced it is investigating the local chief executives who were absent in their respective localities during the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong.
The typhoon which devastated most areas in the northern provinces, entered the Philippine area of responsibility on Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 12 and left on Saturday night, Sept.
In a press briefing, DILG Assistant Secretary Jonathan Malaya said the agency is reviewing the performance of the local chief executives including its compliance with Operation Listo, the agency’s protocols for disaster response.
The DILG is also studying the possibility of giving show cause orders to the alleged negligent mayors to justify their side.
DILG Undersecretary Bernardo Florece mentioned the agency is investigating over 10 mayors in Region 2 and Cordillera Administrative Region who allegedly failed to fulfill their duties.
Malaya said they have issued hazard maps to all mayors across the country which identifies the vulnerability of areas to typhoon hazards.
The DILG added they would make “greater emphasis on forced evacuation” on their ongoing protocol review.
For DILG’s Central Office Disaster Information Coordinating Center chair Edgar Allan Tabell, forced evacuation should have been imposed in Itogon, Benguet following the incident of massive landslides that occurred in the province.