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Leonardia urges barangays
to take part in ongoing BOSS

Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia yesterday appealed to the different barangays in Bacolod City to participate in the Business One-Stop-Shop.

The mayor made the appeal after majority of the 61 barangays in the city failed to participate in the BOSS at the Bacolod Government Center that will run until January 20, despite his issuance of Executive Order No. 37 dated Dec. 19, 2017, enjoining their participation.

Leonardia said they will coordinate with the Department of Interior and Local Government to see what could be done with those who will not cooperate because this is a basic function of the barangay.

“We believe that they should take this as one of their obligations, not just moral, but as a legal obligation on their part to be cooperating, participating, and being supportive of a project like this because this is for the good of the city. And their participation is a major factor,” he said.

They will consult DILG if those who do not participate can be charged for disobedience, he added.

Leonardia said this should not be tainted with politics. This is all about making Bacolod business-friendly and it has nothing to do with politics.

“Politicking will always counter whatever moves we do that are meant for the betterment of the city,” he said.

It is unfortunate if those motivated purely by politics will not even participate in the activities of the city that are not political at all and meant to make Bacolod greater, Leonardia added.

Executive assistant Samuel Montoyo earlier said they will file a complaint for disobedience against officials of barangays who fail to participate in the BOSS until January 20.

Montoyo said he will file the complaint before the Office of the President and the DILG, and will also furnish a copy to the Commission on Elections.

As of Wednesday, 21 out of 61 barangays in Bacolod City had participated in the BOSS. More barangays responded to the call of the mayor as of yesterday.

The barangays that responded early were Alangilan, Alijis, Banago, Bata, Cabug, Estefania, Granada, Handumanan, Mandalagan, Mansilingan, Pahanocoy, Singcang, Sum-ag, Taculing, Tangub, Vista Alegre, 5, 8, 13, 23, 32, and 40.*CGS

 

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