EMPLOYEES and middle-level officials of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in Central Luzon have slammed their regional director, Florida Dijan, for alleged “insensitivity”, “autocratic” behavior and for using the name of President Rodrigo Duterte’s personal aide and trusted personal assistant Christopher ‘‘Bong’’ Go.
In a ‘Manifestation of Displeasure’ sent separately to Duterte in Malacañang and DILG Secretary Ismael “Mike” Sueno dated August 9, 2016, copy furnished the media, 48 local government operations officers (LGOOs) from the five provinces of Central Luzon namely: Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Pampanga, Bataan and Zambales, the group also complained of being “harassed and besieged” by Dijan, who, they added, “holds the title of being the longest ever serving director” in the region.
In calling the attention of Sueno and Malacañang, the group claimed that Dijan, whom they described as “autocratic,” also wanted a “centralized system of trainings for all LGUs in Region III, apparently to have some control of the program, and so that she would be considered in the financial aspect of the exercise.”
“The unexplainable question is that, why the training venue is always being held at Subic Traveler’s Hotel and Subic Peninsular Hotel, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Subic Zambales. The participants are always asking: Is there no other better hotel and place?” the disgruntled DILG personnel asked.
The DILG officers said they have lost confidence in Dijan in handling the affairs of the regional office, which the official allegedly “transformed into her own kingdom.”
Dijan is reportedly a ‘protege’ of DILG Undersecretary for Local Government, Austere Panadero and has often been heard as allegedly “bragging” about her “closeness” to Go.
Dijan’s husband is allegedly a high-ranking Liberal Party (LP) official in Batangas and the couple campaigned staunchly for LP standard bearer and former DILG Sec. Mar Roxas, in the last elections.
While preventing provincial DILG offices from holding seminars for local leaders, Dijan on the other hand asked for more than P1.5 million budget for a six-day gathering her office had arranged in Subic, the group added.
The petitioners called on the Palace and Sueno to “replace” their director “to avoid more damage her kind of management could do to employees/field officers and to the dignity of the department as well.”