Here’s a scanned copy of the memorandum issued by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). This is originally posted in the official website of Tacloban City government (www.tacloban.gov.ph) (accessed on July 25, 2012).
Have we forgotten that once upon a time newly elected President Noynoy Aquino directed all members of the Cabinet and other government instrumentalities to refrain from associating the President’s personality and identity in their programs and projects?
It looks like only few DILG offices enforce this memo. This must have been forgotten elsewhere but not in Tacloban City.
This memorandum of DILG clearly stated that
the practice of putting up of billboards and signages and other information materials bearing the names, initials or pictures of government personalities on all government projects, and government properties (firetrucks, ambulances, vehicles) are hereby prohibited.
Until we see the results, this memo remains a useless paper. Even the President himself starts to forget that he once told the Filipino nation that epals have no place in his administration.
Even when the anti-epal bill (Senate Bill No. 1967) of Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago is enacted, it will have no meaning if the Filipino nation continue to tolerate epals in this society.
Among the epals in the government I am watching is Joel Villanueva. But despite all criticisms, TESDA Director Joel Villanueva continue to justify his billboards and other ads. He is determined to his ambition to become senator and it seems President Aquino has no problem with. That’s the problem with Noynoy Aquino – he is inconsistent and he give special treatment to his men.