Department of the Interior and Local Government dismisses Aklan town mayor over Boracay crisis

April 25, 2019

THE Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Wednesday served a dismissal order against Malay, Aklan Mayor Cicero S. Cawaling and the town’s licensing officer for grave misconduct and other offenses that led to Boracay’s environmental crisis.

DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año said that the dismissal order was implemented in connection with an Ombudsman decision which found Cawaling and Licensing Officer Jen F. Salsona also guilty of gross neglect of duty, conduct unbecoming of a public official, and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of service.

DILG Regional Director Ariel Iglesia of DILG Western Visayas served the Ombudsman dismissal order against Cawaling by posting it at the Mayor’s office. The order was also received by the Business Permits and Licensing Office.

According to Año, the Ombudsman in its decision found substantial evidence against the two considering that during their incumbency as local government officials some establishments operated without the requisite fire safety inspection certificate and some did not even possess the necessary permits.