Crackdown vs. City Hall fixers up  

Nov. 03, 2016
HUNDREDS FOR THE PARADE. Erwin Alparaque, Assistant City Administrator, says Thursday there are 361 groups that will participate the 76th Araw ng Dabaw parade this Saturday. He added the contingents are grouped into 10 divisions assigned with a number of marshals to assist the former. ( photo by Ace R. Morandante)

Erwin Alparaque, chief of Human Resources Management Office says there are still complaints about fixers in Davao City’s frontline offices despite the strict implementation of the Anti-Red Tape Act. ( file photo)

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte ordered a crackdown against fixers and city government employees who are working with them.

Erwin Alparaque, chief of Human Resource Management Office (HRMO), said there are complaints about fixers offering fast processing of documents and transactions for a fee at the City Hall’s frontline offices.

The offices include the Office of the City Treasurer, the Business Bureau, Office of the City Assessor, Office of the Local Civil Registry, City Health Office, Office of the City Veterinarian, Office of the City Social Services and Development, and the Local Land Franchising and Regulatory Board.

In a City Information Office dispatch on Thursday, Alparaque said employees who are involved in fixing can face termination.

“There might also be charges filed against them, especially if they are found to be the one who accepts money,” he said.

Despite strict implementation of the Anti-Red Tape Act or Republic Act 9485, he said there are still violators, especially outside the Sangguniang Panlungsod where most of the frontline offices are located.

A team was already formed to monitor the activities at the frontline offices.

The Republic Act 9485 ensures efficiency of the delivery of government services by reducing red tape and preventing graft and corruption. Fixing and helping with fixers are considered as a grave offense under the law. (

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