Bayatan: This should serve as a stern statement for barangay officials
After Barangay Tangub Captain Noli Villarosa previously announced his barangay would not join the ongoing “Business One-Stop-Shop” at the Bacolod City Government Center (BCGC), citing the presence of several “illegal structure owners” continuing to obstruct roads within his jurisdiction, Bacolod City legal officer, Atty. Joselito Bayatan, said, if the local official not changed course, he could have faced charges.
During a press conference yesterday morning, the city official said non-participation could result in charges in violation of RA 9458, or the Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007; along with RA 11032, which amended the aforementioned law.
“These two laws have their own built-in penalties,” he explained.
According to the law, penalties range from a 30-day suspension without pay to dismissal and permanent disqualification from public service.
Bayatan added, one could also be brought up on charges in violation of RA 3019, or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.
Punishments for violating RA 3019 include jail time up to 10 years and permanent disqualification from public service.
“This should serve as a stern statement for barangay officials to really cooperate,” the city legal officer declared.
Meanwhile, Executive Assistant Sammy Montoyo confirmed Barangay Tangub is participating in the program.
He added, as of yesterday, all city barangays are present at the BCGC.
The event, which provides a venue for the renewal of business permits and registration of new businesses, is scheduled to run until January 20.
According to Assistant City Treasurer Arlene Memoria, the event opens from Monday to Friday, beginning at 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.; and on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
All government agencies, City Hall offices, along with barangays are expected to be on hand to process their respective documents.
In previous years, not all barangays participated in the event./DGB, WDJ