Dad warns corrupt execs, workers

COUNCILOR Danilo C. Dayanghirang, chairman of the Davao City Council committee on finance, ways and means and appropriations, yesterday warned that the city government will run after officials and employees engaged in graft and corruption activities.

Dayanghirang appealed to Dabawenyos to report to Mayor Sara Duterte or to him any officials and employees they know to be involved in corruption and assured them that immediate action will be done on their report.

The veteran city councilor made the appeal during his appearance in yesterday’s weekly Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City Davao, wherein he discussed work of his powerful committee on the 2020 annual budget which is expected to be endorsed by Mayor Inday Sara anytime this week.

Davao, after the mayor delivered her State of the City Address (SOCA) yesterday. “Let’s all unite against corruption! I urge the people of Davao to personally report to the City Mayor or even to me those government employees engaged in corruption. With the advent of all of these massive developments happening in our City so soon, I would not be surprised that there would be public employees tempted to commit wrongdoings by taking advantage from all these mushrooming opportunities starting from the permit compliance of regulatory offices.

From the start of my public service, I have clearly set my rules always consistent and sticking to the true principles of good governance, transparent and accountable.

No less than our President Rodrigo Duterte and our beloved City Mayor Inday Sara would never forgive you (corrupt personnel), both firmly vow to go after you.” When asked what his expectations would be from government employees, “We represent the government sector, we are here to serve and not to profit. With all the salary increases and bonuses, employees from the national and local government need to give quality and upright dedication in work.

Let this be a reminder to the good and dynamic people of Davao, let’s join hands never to tolerate corruption from the government ranks!”, Dayanghirang stressed. Dayanghirang said that his committee is expected to conduct marathon hearings on the proposed annual budget starting October 17.

He assured the 2020 city budget will be in place before the end of the year, saying that tentatively the budget will be P10 billion or more considering that this is the estimated income of the city in 2019.

However, a supplemental budget for Christmas bonuses for officials and employees will also be passed sometime in December, Dayanghirang said. At the 19th City Council, Dayanghirang also sits as chairperson of the committee on games and amusement.