AT LEAST two barangays in Cebu City were reported to have given out more than one enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) pass per household contrary to strict guidelines issued by the City.
The duplication was, however, traced to City Hall’s own personnel working in the barangays — the Mayor’s Information and Liaison Officers (Milo).
Reports said Milo members distributed ECQ passes without coordinating with the barangay concerned.
In Buhisan, Barangay Captain Gremar Barete questioned why the group distributed another 800 passes in the barangay without their consent.
“I questioned (them). I asked them if they will leave the matter to the barangay,” said Barete.
Barangay Buhisan earlier only received 2,500 ECQ passes from City Hall for around 4,000 households.
He lamented that data gathered by barangay officials on who had gotten ECQ passes was “forfeited” and was of no use since there was no more time to trace which households were given additional passes by the Milo.
“There is no coordination. I was surprised some were so proud they were given more than one pass,” Barete continued.
Much as barangay officials would want to track down those houses given more than one pass, Barete said it would take time.
A similar situation was reported in Barangay Inayawan with Barangay Captain Kirk Brya Repollo expressing surprise.
“I was shocked when a report reached our barangay that they are also distributing passes,” said Repollo.
Cebu City Councilor Raymond Alvin Garcia, majority floor leader, said the Mayor’s liaison officers were not authorized to distribute ECQ passes, however they were given passes after they complained that the village chiefs did not give them any.
The ECQ passes were turned over to the barangay captains on March 28, 2020, and two days after, the City provided the Milo with passes for their use, said Garcia. (JJL)