Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Ismael Sueno has warned governors and mayors against a certain individual who is allegedly using the name of the department to collect letters of request from local government units (LGUs) for funding of local development projects.
Sueno had received information from a Northern Luzon mayor and a DILG field officer that a certain Phia or Pia Alarcon is allegedly presenting herself as a DILG staff and asking LGUs to send her letter-requests for the funding of LGU projects.
“I suggest that you coordinate directly with our DILG regional and provincial offices or our city and municipal local government operations officers stationed in LGUs if you want to learn how to secure funding for your local projects,” the DILG secretary told local chief executives.
He pointed out that there are certain procedures that an LGU has to go through and requirements that have to be met to be able to access DILG projects such as Salintubig, Assistance to Disadvantaged Municipalities and Performance Challenge Fund.
“A letter-request may be one of them, but there are a host of other requirements to be complied with. Bear in mind also that we do not require any payment for LGUs to be able to access DILG projects,” Sueno said.
Earlier, Mayor Ramon Guico of Binalonan, Pangasinan informed the DILG that he has seen several letters from LGUs in Regions 1, 2 and 3, including Baguio City addressed to Alarcon, requesting financial support for local projects.
Aside from Guico, DILG provincial director Anthony Ballug of Mountain Province reported about LGUs having fallen victim to someone presenting herself as Pia Alarcon.
Sueno said based on official records, there is no Pia or Phia Alarcon currently connected with the DILG.