DILG Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento.
DILG Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento.

We have been receiving reports from our regional and field offices and from mayors themselves that some unscrupulous individuals have approached them and introduced themselves as agents of the DILG to demand various sums of money for the shipment of the patrol jeeps being distributed by the Department nationwide.

It may be recalled that the DILG has been distributing patrol jeeps to all cities and municipalities as part of a nationwide program to improve the crime-fighting capabilities of the Philippine National Police (PNP) through the modernization of police equipment. Through the newly acquired patrol jeeps, the DILG aims to empower the local government units (LGUs) to create a safer, more secure environment for their constituents.

It is sad to note, however, that some people are using the name of the Department to make money out of these legitimate programs that are meant to help improve the local peace and order situation and enhance the services at the local level

Let it be put on record that the DILG did not authorize and does not authorize any person or entity to transact with local officials to collect fees to facilitate the distribution of patrol jeeps or the implementation of any DILG-related program or project. Our projects do not require facilitation fees or any kind of payments or charges prior to release or approval.

Please report any such illegal transaction immediately to the Philippine National Police for appropriate investigation and action.