DILG 11 chief encourages LGUs to set up guidelines for electoral caravans, rallies

The regional office of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG 11) urged the Local Government Units (LGUs) in Davao Region to set up their guidelines for electoral caravans and rallies in their respective areas.

DILG 11 regional director Alex Roldan said these policies should be in alignment with the policies of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF), especially on health protocols.

“Ang atong awhag na lang ngadto sa LGUs mao nga mag set up sila ug mga guidelines kung maghimo ug caravans diha sa ilang tagsa tagsa ka mga lugar. Katong mga mu-negotiate sa mga LGUs nga muhangyo ug mangayo ug permit na muhimo sila ug rally or caravan, dapat ready na ang LGU unsay mga protocols na gusto nila ipatuman niadtong mugamit sa ilang mga lugar for electoral purposes,” Roldan said.

Roldan said all events must be required and permits from the LGUs and that it is up to the LGUs what protocols they will implement in their respective area to follow. He also said that if there are violations, the LGU has the right to stop the activity.

The team of presidential aspirant former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., and vice-presidential aspirant Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio was the first team to hold a caravan in Tagum City, Davao del Norte on November 21, 2021.

Meanwhile, Mayor Sara is still not allowing city government officials to conduct caravans or rallies in Davao City.

“Wala mi event and ang among employees dili gina-pa-attend sa mga events,” the mayor said.

It can be recalled that Mayor Sara has extended the ban on the conduct of face-to-face non-essential events in villages, local and national government offices, including government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs) based in this city until December 31, 2021.

In Executive Order (EO) 43 issued in September this year, the mayor said the prohibition on government-organized activities such as inauguration, anniversary, thanksgiving, ribbon-cutting, blessing, turnover, launching programs, oath-taking, photo opportunity, retirement honors, welcome honors, testimonial programs, summer outing, birthday, press conference and team building would be banned starting September 1, 2021.

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