Former Negros Occidental Department of Interior and Local Government provincial director, Ma. Joy Maredith Madayag, assumed as Bacolod DILG officer-in-chargeMonday.
She took over the post of former Bacolod DILG director Carmelo Orbista, who now heads the Neg. Occ. DILG following a reshuffling implemented by the agency.
Madayag said she met with the barangay captains in Bacolod City yesterday to discuss the programs of the local governmentunit and the requirements they have to comply with. She also discussed programs like anti-drugs efforts, peace and order, among others.
During the meeting, she reminded barangay officials to comply with the submission of accomplishment reports on peace and order, and the anti-illegal drugs campaign, Madayag said.
“With the new assignment, I have to learn the ins and outs of governance in the city, particularly inthe barangays,” she said, adding that she believes a good working relationship with the local officials is important.
Madayag saidshe had been assigned as Neg. Occ. DILGdirector for 15 years.
She also said the Solid Waste Management program is a challenge on the part of the city especially on how the barangays will comply with it.
The DILG as one of the cooperatingagencies,will help the LGUs on how the SWMcan be implemented by the barangays and also strengthen barangay-based institutions to help in the enforcement of the law, she said.
Madayag said the DILG does not file casesagainst violators because usually, ifthere are complaints against barangay officials, they are the ones investigating the matter.
The job of the DILG is more on monitoring of compliance by local government units of directives or issuances, she added.*CGS
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