THE DAVAO Oriental government has created a body that will run after illegal investment schemes preying on the province’s residents. Gov. Nelson L. Dayanghirang, in a statement, said the Provincial Task Force on Investment Schemes will conduct investigations and possibly file charges against those behind the scams. “I have learned just recently that many are already engaged in these investment schemes in the province. This has to stop,” said Mr. Dayanghirang, adding that the people must realize that eventually these schemes will be hard to sustain. He also urged local government units in the province to look into these schemes and come up with measures to prevent their spread. “As elected officials, we are duty-bound to protect our people. We should not fear that our political career will be affected because it might not be a popular decision,” he said. President Rodrigo R. Duterte recently ordered the closure of these investment schemes, which offer high returns and mostly operate without the proper licenses. — Carmelito Q. Francisco