- Written by Lilibeth A. French
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- Published: 29 April 2013
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ILOILO CITY, April 2 (PIA6) - The Department of the Interior and Local Government here in Region 6 is reminding local officials particulary those running in the national and local elections on May 13 against the use of government’s program and projects for their political advancement.
This after the DILG Regional Office 6 has received copies of letters of some incumbent local chief executives and Department of Social Welfare and Development 6 Director Ma. Evelyn Macapobre has written DILG 6 Director Evelyn Trompeta endorsing copies of the same letters of politicians distributed to the beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya in their respective municipalities.
In her letter, Macapobre said the letters contained statements identifying the politicians with the program by claiming it to be their own which is contradictory to the program’s Anti-Epal campaign.
Anti-Epal campaign is an information drive launched by DSWD that intends to safeguard its programs and activities from partisan politics during the election period. It focuses on the message that DSWD has the sole authority to include poor households and delist beneficiaries from the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino program.
Macapobre added that their staff had already brought to the attention of the local government officials in their respective areas the agency’s guidelines in the conduct of activities during the 2013 election period.
The guidelines on the conduct of activities on Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino during the 2013 campaign and national and local election period issued by DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman contain key essential measures that DSWD field operations staff/personnel have to observe to insulate the Pantawid Pamilya from the influence and/or used for partisan political activities.
Along this line, DILG 6 RD Trompeta urged concerned local officials to strictly observe the department’s Memorandum Circular No. 2010-101 on the ban of names or initials and/or images of government officials in billboards and signages of government programs, projects and properties.
The DILG Circular prohibits the practice of putting up of billboards and signages and other information materials bearing the names, initials or pictures of government personalities on all government projects and properties such as firetrucks, ambulances, vehicles, etc.
“The practice of putting up of billboards and signages bearing the names, initials and images of government officials on government programs and projects has been noticeably abused and misused by some public officials for their personal interests and has taken the credit away from the taxpayers who are the ones paying for such programs or projects through their tax payments,” according to the circular. (LAF/PIA6)