Tuesday, August 1, 2017

DILG-Bicol warns public against scammers

LEGAZPI CITY, July 28 -- The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in Bicol is warning the public against individuals or organizations soliciting nominations for barangay chairman, local government post or any other positions in their respective barangays, a DILG top official said Friday.

Eloisa Pastor, DILG regional director, in an interview Friday said their office is not endorsing any and all forms of solicitation regarding appointments to government posts.

"We already received reports from different provinces with these certain groups soliciting nominations to be appointed as officer in charge (OIC) punong barangay". Our office is not connected with any of these organizations or group of people, Pastor said.

Joseph Philip Lee, president of Liga ng mga Barangay in Albay, posted in his Facebook page, "Help us combat these illicit activities, report unauthorized groups to your local DILG officers".

If it is too good to be true, then it is not true, Pastor added, pertaining to the appointments of barangay or any government post.

Barangay elections will never be by appointment, it is a process and it will undergo evaluation, Pastor said.

She added that their office is still awaiting further instructions and developments about the 2017 barangay elections.

"Do not entertain or fall prey to these scammers. Ignore messages which may ask you to give money," Pastor further advised the public.

During the last RPOC meeting, Pastor turned over a thick folder to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) containing the names and pictures of the unscrupulous individuals, groups of different organizations from different provinces soliciting and collecting money in exchange for the nominations as OIC Punong Barangay for further investigation and case build-up. (Connie Destura/PNA)