At least 10 mayors will be asked to explain for allegedly being physically absent when typhoon “Ompong” struck the country over the weekend, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said on Tuesday.
Over 10 mayors from Cagayan Valley region and Cordillera Administrative Region may face administrative cases if found absent and negligent of their duties during the onslaught of the typhoon.
“As mandated by the Local Government Code, the presence and support of mayors in their respective areas of jurisdictions is imperative for them to carry out measures to protect their constituents from the harmful effects of disasters and calamities,” Malaya told reporters on Tuesday.
He added that mayors who would be proven negligent need to provide a written explanation as to why no disciplinary action shall be taken against them.
The DILG did not reveal the names of the reported erring chief executives as they are still investigating their performances based on DILG’s Operation Listo protocols.
Based on the protocols, local chief executives whose local government units fall under the low risk to high risk areas during a typhoon are mandated to undertake necessary critical preparedness actions as part of disaster preparations.
DILG Undersecretary for Peace and Order Bernardo Florece Jr. said that the DILG is already investigating and validating field reports, saying that the erring mayors can face suspension or dismissal depending where the cases will be filed.
“For cases filed within the DILG, the biggest sanction that LCEs [local executives] will face can be suspension but for cases filed under the Ombudsman, the erring mayors could face dismissal,” he added.
“We were surprised with the reports received at the Central Office of absentee mayors whose local government units (LGUs) are part of the critical areas in the Typhoon ‘Ompong’ track,” Florece said.
“Ompong” entered the country last Wednesday and made landfall over the Cagayan-Isabela area last Saturday.
The brunt of Ompong’s fury was felt on the northern part of the country leaving at least 64 people dead.
The provinces Cagayan, Ilocos Norte, Kalinga were placed under the state of calamity after “Ompong” hit the country.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council reported on Monday that the biggest numbers of affected individuals were in Region III with 286,730 people or 69,492 families; 109,472 individuals or 27,185 families were in Region I; and 90,523 individuals or 24,863 families were in Region II, among others. /jpv