ILOILO City – Three barangay councils in this southern city have yet to conduct an inventory of their properties, finances and documents.
The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), in Memorandum Circular 2018-12, ordered the inventory.
When a new set of barangay officials takes over the village council after the barangay election, there appears to be no proper turnover of barangay properties and records, it observed.
According to DILG Iloilo City head Atty. Ferdinand Panes, the three barangays were Buntatala and Camalig in Jaro district and North Avanceña in Molo.
The former barangay captains of these villages – after losing their reelection bids – had not initiated a formal turnover of barangay council properties to their successors, said Panes.
He identified the three as Antonio Villegas of Buntatala, Eusebio Guardapies of Camalig and Jose Antonio Casanova of North Avanceña.
“Ang mga incoming punong barangays nagkadto sa opisina kag nagreklamo,” said Panes.
In a letter, DILG Iloilo City reminded the three former punong barangays about the required inventory and formal turnover of properties.
Panes said the former barangay officials were given a deadline – July 16.
If they still fail to comply, Panes said, these former village officers would be reported to the DILG regional and central offices for appropriate sanctions.
They may be held liable criminally, said Panes, and face imprisonment.
He advised new barangay officials to report to the police their predecessor’s noncompliance to DILG Memorandum Circular 2018-12 then coordinate with the Commission on Audit for a possible audit of their barangay properties./PN