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DILG grills lax village officials

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Adding to a recent string of investigations into several reported mass gatherings under their jurisdiction, three more barangay chiefs are now under scrutiny by the Department of Local and Interior Government (DILG).


The three barangay officials are suspected of violating Republic Act (RA) 11332 or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act, and face charges of negligence, gross neglect of duty, and serious misconduct.


Bobby Daquioag of San Mariano in Sta. Marcela, Apayao, was said to have been a guest at both the ceremony and reception of a wedding, despite the province being under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).


Meanwhile, Franklyn Ong of Kasambangan, Cebu City, was allegedly compliant with different events wherein physical distancing was not observed.


As for Ireneo Cabahug of Barangay Matabungkay in Lian, Batangas reports stated that public health protocols were not enforced at a beach resort in his area.


Eight barangay captains have been charged over mass gatherings and poor quarantine protocol enforcement.


One instance of an unchecked mass gathering that illustrated the risk involved occurred earlier this month when more than 200 residents of Barangay Matandang Balara in Quezon City (QC) tested positive for Covid19 after participating in a wedding and several bible study sessions.


Barangay Chairman Allan Franza was subsequently issued a show-cause order for allowing the super spreader events to take place.


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