COMPLAINTS against barangay officials in Tadian, Mountain Province can now be lodged at the Sangguniang Bayan.

This even as a Municipal Ordinance authored by Councilor Louie Buned entitled , “An Ordinance mandating rules on the conduct of hearing and other matters on disciplinary actions and administrative complaints against erring barangay officials,” was approved recently.

Councilor Jayne Saong said while the local council has yet to receive complains, the ordinance aims to discipline erring barangay officials.

Complainants against erring officials will be heard through a fair and just investigation provided in the ordinance.

The ordinance explained grounds for disciplinary actions include disloyalty to the country, culpable violation of the constitution, dishonesty, oppression, misconduct in office, gross negligence, or dereliction of duty and abuse of authority.

It also includes commission of an offense involving moral turpitude or an offense punishable by at least six years and one day to 12 years of imprisonment; unauthorized absence for four consecutive sessions; application for, acquisition of foreign citizenship or residence or the status of an immigrant of another country and other grounds provided in the Local Government Code of 1991, Republic Act 6713 and RA 3019, Administrative Code of 1987, Revised Penal Code and special laws.

If an elective barangay official is found guilty, he may be removed from office by order of the proper court or the disciplinary authority whichever acquires jurisdiction.

Seven days after the administrative complaint is filed, a notice of hearing by the Sangguniang Bayan requires the respondent to reply within 15 days from receipt, and commence the investigation of the case within 10 days after receipt of the response.

Failure to give a verified answer in 15 days will be considered as waiver of rights to present evidence and unreasonable failure to commence the investigation within the prescribed period shall be grounds for disciplinary action.