CA stops suspension order against Mayor Binay

admin   •   March 16, 2015   •   2314

Masayang ipinakita sa media ni Makati City Mayor Junjun Binay ang TRO na nagpapahinto sa pagpapatupad ng suspension sa kanya ng Ombudsman bilang alkalde nitong Lunes, March 16, 2015. (PHOTOVILLE International)

MANILA, Philippines – Makati Mayor Junjun Binay was grateful for the temporary restraining order (TRO) issued by the Court of Appeals on the six-month suspension issued by the Office of the Ombudsman against him and 22 other officials of Makati City.

At past 8:00 this morning, the Department of the Interior and Local Government, led by DILG Director Brion, went to the Makati City Hall to serve the suspension order.

However, said order was only posted outside the city hall because almost the entire city hall was closed this morning.

Many of the employees were not able to report for work because early on, more than 2,000 policemen from NCRPO and several members of the PNP-SAF surrounded the city hall.

Employees and supporters could only enter through the basement.

At past 12:00 noon, the Court of Appeals (CA) issued a temporary restraining order stopping the six-month suspension of Mayor Binay.

“We maintain that the order was not legal. With the TRO, I mean, this is not important, what is important is for us to go back to work,” Mayor Binay said.

The TRO is effective for 60 days.

Binay’s camp will be paying P500,000 as bond for the TRO issued by the court.

Mayor Binay was overjoyed because he can finally go home after almost five days of staying at the city hall.

The Mayor decided not to leave the city hall until the Court of Appeals has acted on his appeal for a TRO.

Binay’s camp expressed dismay on the immediate serving of the suspension order by the DILG in spite of their petition in court.

“They shouldn’t have been too hasty because everyone knows that the case has been brought to the Court of Appeals. They sped things up, they made the vice mayor take the oath. Look at what happened now, the restraining order was issued,” Atty. Claro Certeza, Legal Counsel of Makati Mayor Binay said.

The Mayor immediately faced his supporters to tell them of the court’s decision, and told them to go home. (Joan Nano / UNTV News)

21 COVID-19 test labs begin operations—DILG

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 28, 2020

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said that 21 reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) laboratories have begun operations in various areas in the country.

Out of the 21 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) laboratories, 14 of them are in Luzon, 3 in Visayas, and 4 in Mindanao. DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said there are currently a total of 130 licensed COVID-19 testing laboratories in the country.

Batid po natin na sa community transmission talaga malakas ang hawaan nitong COVID-19. Kaya magandang balita po ito na pinapalakas ng ating mga lokal na pamahalaan ang kanilang kapasidad upang matugunan ang pangangailangan ng taumbayan (We know that community transmission of COVID-19 is really high. It is good news that our local government units are boosting their capacity to address the needs of the citizens),” he said.

Año also said the daily number of COVID-19 tests has reached over 30,000. Twenty more COVID-19 testing laboratories are currently being reviewed by the Department of Health. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

DILG tells LGUs: Endorse mild, asymptomatic COVID-19 patients to Oplan Kalinga facilities

Robie de Guzman   •   September 28, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Monday urged local government units (LGU) in Metro Manila to endorse to Oplan Kalinga quarantine facilities mild and asymptomatic novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients that could no longer be accommodated in local isolation centers.

In a statement, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said there now 4,000 beds available in Oplan Kalinga facilities due to the increase in discharges or recoveries in the previous weeks.

“We urge all Metro Manila LGUs to endorse patients which they can no longer accommodate in their local isolation facilities to endorse them to the Mega TTMFs and Oplan Kalinga Hotels which now has some 4,000 beds available because many have already been discharged,” he said.

Año said this is in compliance with Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) Resolution No. 74 which states that all confirmed mild and asymptomatic COVID-19 patients are required to isolate in government-approved facilities, except those who are vulnerable or have comorbidities as certified by a local health officer.

Also exempted in this rule are confirmed mild and asymptomatic COVID-19 patients in areas where the government-recognized isolation centers are in full capacity.

“Meron tayong mga Mega Quarantine Facilities and 31 COVID hotels na kung saan puwede sila mag-isolate. Importante kasi talaga na mailabas sila sa bahay kasi nakahahawa sa pamilya,” the DILG chief said.

According to DILG spokesperson, Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya, LGUs can coordinate directly with the One Hospital Command Center (OHCC) located at the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) which was created to facilitate a comprehensive and coordinated response to the pandemic by ensuring an efficient health facility referral in Metro Manila.

Malaya said that with the establishment of the OHCC, LGUs and individuals can now easily locate hospitals or isolation facilities near them.

The DILG said the command center is open 24/7 and individuals needing treatment may call the OHCC hotlines at 0927-728-0750, 0927-728-0753, 0927-728-0755, and 0927-728-0798.

Individuals needing assistance from the OHCC may also download the PureForce Citizens App via Google Play Store or App Store, it added.

IATF to study mayors’ bid to retain Metro Manila under GCQ after Sept. 30 – Año

Robie de Guzman   •   September 25, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Most mayors in the National Capital Region (NCR) are in favor of extending the general community quarantine (GCQ) being implemented in the region, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año said on Friday.

Año said the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) will meet on Sunday, Sept. 27 to discuss the recommendation of the Metro Manila Council on the next quarantine status in NCR by October.

“Maraming mga mayors ng NCR ang gusto pa rin mag-GCQ pero depende pa rin sa usapan sa Sunday,” he said.

Metro Manila is under GCQ until Sept. 30 as earlier recommended by the IATF and approved by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Año said they will thoroughly discuss the Metro Manila mayors’ proposal in order to balance the factors of public health and economy which has been battered by the coronavirus pandemic.

“Dalawa ‘yan: mahigpit na MGCQ o maluwag na GCQ. Kapag titignan mo mas maganda talaga na naka-GCQ tayo kahit magluwag ka ng konti pero meron kang talagang mas mataaas na panuntunan kaysa yung nag MGCQ ka pagkatapos hihigpitan mo,” he said.

The Department of Trade and Industry earlier said that Metro Manila could be placed under modified GCQ as this would allow the reopening of more industries to help revive the economy.

The IATF is also set to meet with Duterte on Sunday night to discuss the next quarantine classifications in NCR. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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