DILG bans officials from displaying names and photos on new police cars and fire trucks

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has started to remove officials’ names and photos from new government-owned police cars and fire trucks, reports GMANews.tv.  This is in accordance with the department order issued by DILG Sec. Jesse Robredo that bans the practice. This policy comes after the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) banned politicians from displaying their names and photos on billboards of government projects, under Department Order 37 issued by DPWH Sec. Rogelio Singson.

Robredo told radio dzXL, according to GMANews.tv, "We have already started to implement (the department order). For example, we have removed the names of officials from new fire trucks bought by the government." He said the new policy will be limited, though, because it only pertains to government projects and vehicles under the DILG jurisdiction, which includes the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection, and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology. The policy also does not apply to donated items like patrol cars from local officials, since the department order only covers government-funded projects and vehicles.

Violators will be charged "lightly," Robredo said, with an administrative case for insubordination. He said this is because there is no law banning the display of officials’ names and photos on government-funded projects and vehicles.

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