Charges will be filed against barangay officials who have failed to participate in the city’s Business One-Stop-Shop at the Bacolod City Government Center, executive assistant to the mayor Samuel Montoyo Sr. yesterday said
Montoyo said he will submit to the Office of the President, the Civil Service Commission and the Department of Interior and Local Government the list of non-compliant barangay officials who did not participate in the BOSS as of yesterday, after he gave them until 3 p.m. to show up.
He will make a final report of the total participating barangays and will recommend what action to take against those who are non-compliant for violation of Article 231 of the Revised Penal Code for their refusal to comply with a lawful order, Montoyo said.
Under Section 32 of the Local Government Code, government officials are under the control and supervision of the mayor in the exercise of their functions and powers, Montoyo said.
The barangay captains have been reminded by the head of the Permits and Licensing Division, aside from being issued a notice by the president of the Liga ng mga Barangay Captains to participate in the BOSS, he said.
Montoyo said that with their refusal to participate despite all these reminders, he will be filing charges against them.
Violators will be meted a penalty of one month and one day to two years imprisonment and could face temporary special disqualification from holding public office, employment or position in the government, and be deprived of their right to vote, he said.
Montoyo will submit his final report to the Anti Red-Tape Act Core Team chaired by City Administrator John Orola to ask permission to take legal action against barangay officials whose barangays did not participate in the BOSS.
As of 2:38 p.m. yesterday there were about 54 barangays that had not yet participated in the BOSS.
Meanwhile, Permits and Licensing Division head Stela Rose Rayos said they had released 138 business permits as of yesterday. The BOSS and business renewal started Thursday.
Rayos said taxpayers can avail of a 10 percent discount if they pay their taxes within January 3 to 20. After January 20, they will have to pay a 25 percent surcharge if the business renewal is not extended.*
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