COTABATO CITY (PNA) — Village officials here will be penalized if they do nothing against the proliferation of illegal drugs in their respective areas, a top local official said.
On Thursday, Cotabato City Mayor Cynthia Guiani Sayadi, chairperson of the City Peace and Order Council (CPOC), announced the creation of a special committee empowered to penalize erring village officials who have been turning “a blind eye and deaf ears” on illegal drug activities in their localities.
The Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BDAC) will be closely monitored by the special oversight committee, she said.
Non-performing village officials will be made accountable, Sayadi said.
During Thursday’s CCPOC meeting, Sayadi announced that the peace and order situation of the city has greatly improved, with the number of crime incidents dramatically reduced by about 50 percent compared to the same period last year.
Also present during the meeting were Major Gen. Ariel Dela Vega of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division, and representatives from the police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
Speaking to village officials present, Sayadi said: “If you cannot do your job for one reason or another, just tell me. I will not hesitate to accept your resignation.”
Cotabato City now is safer than ever, she said, adding that business confidence has been restored, especially that the military-led Task Force Kutawato is in place.