Cabinet to discuss final decision on Boracay closure

admin   •   April 4, 2018   •   5003

BORACAY ISLAND, one of the most visited destinations in the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines — The  Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and Department of Tourism (DOT) have already submitted to Malacañang the detailed proposal in the closure of Boracay Island starting on April 26.

The said recommendation of the inter-agency task force aims to give way to the extensive clean-up drive on the island.

Through a text message, Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra stated that the final action on Boracay would be likely discussed at Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting.

As for the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), the agency believes it would best if its closure would just take place during lean months or low season.

In this way, the establishments or workers on the island would not be severely affected.

“Una, nirekomenda namin na simulan ito sa lean months. Ibig sabihin, magkakaroon talaga ng pagbaba sa empleyo—ang mga seasonal employment sa lugar. Ikalawa, nirerekomenda namin na ang bilang nga mga manggagawang ito sila ang maaaring isama sa paglilinis,” said NEDA Usec. Rosemarie Edillon.

(Firstly, we are recommending to start this in the lean season. That means there will be a drop in the employment—the seasonal employment in the area. Number two, we are also recommending that these workers be involved in the clean-up drive.)

Meanwhile, the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) and Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) Region 6 has begun  creating a contingency plan for the forthcoming shut down of the island.

Dir. Jose Roberto Nuñez said they are already preparing for the mitigation plans to whatever would be the outcome of the interagency’s recommendation on the Boracay closure.

“If the president will say, ‘I will totally close that,’ if ever, then meron na tayong preparation (we would already have some preparation),” said the director.

“We could mitigate ang effect niya sa (its effect on) livelihood sa (on the) business sector,” said RPOC chair Gov. Samuel Gumar

If the island would be totally shut down, 79,182 individuals and over 36,000 jobs might get affected.

This is apart from the million peso revenues in the island that has been gone. — Robbie De Guzman | UNTV News & Rescue

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DILG reminds public, PNP: Be more vigilant vs bogus COVID-19 contact tracers

Robie de Guzman   •   August 10, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has urged the public as well as the Philippine National Police (PNP) to be more vigilant as it warns anew against persons posing as Department of Health (DOH) contact tracers extorting money from unsuspecting victims.

In a statement, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said the PNP and the local government units (LGU) should constantly be on the lookout for scammers taking advantage of the fear and panic of people amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic for their own gains.

“Isa pang virus na kailangan pag-ingatan ng mga tao ang mga scammer na ito na sumasabay pa at nakukuhang manamantala ng kapwa ngayong krisis at ito ngang sa DOH ang pinaka-recent. I urge all LGUs and our men and women of the PNP to immediately investigate these criminal activities,” he said. 

“Hindi na kayo [scammers] naawa sa mga kababayang nating niloloko ninyo,” he added.

Año issued the reminder after an advisory from the DOH last Friday, warning the public of certain individuals misrepresenting themselves as members of a contact tracing team.

According to the DOH, these unscrupulous individuals are maliciously asking for personal information and extorting money in the process.

The department clarified that it does not have a contact tracing team as it reminded the public “to verify basic information and ensure that they have been referred by your Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams (BHERTs).”

The contact tracing teams are led by LGUs and are supervised by the DILG.

“We condemn the perpetrators of these acts and warn the public against individuals who are taking advantage of this health crisis. The DOH will take appropriate legal action, as necessary. The Department has since coordinated with the Philippine National Police and the National Bureau of Investigation to investigate the matter,” the DOH said.

Año recently cautioned the public against individuals pretending to be members of a contact tracing team who were calling and sending messages to households telling them that they were identified as close contacts of a person who has tested positive with COVID-19. Later on, reports said that they would try to extort money for the cost of test kits once personal information were given to them.

“Inuulit ko po, hinding-hindi po hihingi ng pera ang mga contact tracing teams for their task is to track down and manage close contacts, reduce the spread of infection, and offer diagnostic, counselling and treatment to confirmed COVID-19 cases. ‘Yun lamang po,” he said.

He then encouraged the public to immediately report suspicious calls of the same nature to the nearest police station or PNP unit or call the DILG through Hotline 911 and the DILG-Public Assistance and Complaint Center at 8925-0343.


DILG tells LGUs to start planning for local recovery even if COVID-19 crisis is not yet over

Robie de Guzman   •   August 6, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Thursday urged local government units (LGU) to start planning and budgeting for local recovery and rehabilitation even if the threat of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is not yet over.

In a statement, DILG spokesperson Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said the DILG, with technical support of the World Bank, has developed the “Ready to Recover (We Rise as One) COVID-19 Local Recovery Planning Guide” to help the LGUs prepare and recover from the current public health crisis.

“We need to recover now kahit ‘di pa tapos ang COVID-19 crisis kasi mas lalala ang epekto nito sa ekonomiya at kabuhayan ng ating mga kababayan,” Malaya said.

“The DILG is collaborating with other national government agencies in the Interagency Task Force (IATF) to help LGUs prepare their recovery strategies and programs. The goal is to build back better,” he added.

Malaya said that with vast parts of the country now classified as low-risk, most of the country can now begin recovery efforts on the local level to protect jobs and stimulate economic activity. 

“With private consumption and investment still down, it is now up to the national and local governments to drive consumption and investment with government spending and policies that support the growth and recovery of local businesses,” he said.

The DILG spokesman said that the planning guide will simplify the recovery and rehabilitation planning to give LGUs flexibility in interventions as it has provided sample frameworks, templates, and suggested programs, projects, and activities.

“It will guide LGUs on the coordination of recovery efforts of national, regional, and local governments including the roles, responsibilities, and institutional structures,” he said.

Malaya also stated that LGUs need not create a new local body to do the local recovery planning and budgeting as this can be done through the creation of an economic cluster within the existing Local COVID-19 Task Force headed by a mayor or governor.

In financing the local recovery from the pandemic, Malaya said that the DILG has identified at least indicative fund source options based on existing government guidelines that can be tapped by LGUs to help address the challenges of fund availability.

He said these options include national government programs and financing assistance programs of select government financial institutions (GFIs) and government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs).

Other possible sources are the Local Government Support Fund – Financial Assistance to LGUs (LGSF – FA), LGSF –Assistance to Municipalities, Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) Incentive Fund, Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan- Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services – National Community-Driven Development Program (KALAHI-CIDSS NCDDP), Regular Agency Budget, and the 20% Development Fund (DF), he noted.

“Hindi kayo basta iiwan na lang ng nasyunal na gobyerno. We will monitor your local recovery programs and projects and assess your progress to ensure you stay on track and achieve your intended results,” Malaya said.

Pamamahagi ng SAP 2nd tranche sa Metro Manila, tatapusin ngayong linggo – DILG

Robie de Guzman   •   August 5, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Posibleng makumpleto ngayong linggo ang pamamahagi ng ikalawang bugso ng emergency subsidy ng pamahalaan sa ilalim ng Social Amelioration Program (SAP), ayon sa Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Batay sa datos ng Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), aabot na sa P69.2 bilyong pondo ang naipamahaging para sa 9,771,490 benepisyaryo ng program.

Ayon sa DILG, target ng kagawaran na mabigyan ng ayuda ang nasa halos 12 milyong pamilya bago o pagdating ng Agosto 15.

“Kahapon nag-commit ang DSWD na ibibigay yan sa loob ng linggong ito sa lahat ng benepisyaryo so timing na timing kasi pag sinasabing MECQ hindi makapagrababaho ang tao nandyan ang national para ibigay yung second tranche,” ani DILG spokesperson at Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya.

Ang mga hindi nakatanggap sa unang bugso ng ayuda o ang mga tinatawag na ‘waitlisted’ ay P16,000 ang makukuha.

Kasama rin sa programa ang mga tsuper ng jeep na ilang buwan na ring hindi nakakapamasada dahil sa ipinatutupad na community quarantine sa gitna ng COVID-19 pandemic.

Digital ang pamamahagi ng ayuda sa pamamagitan ng automated teller machine (ATM) card o kaya ay GCash na isang mobile wallet platform na ginagamit sa bansa.

Naniniwala si Malaya na malaking tulong ito sa mga pamilya na mawawalan ng kita dahil sa muling pagsailalim sa modified enhanced community quarantine ng Metro Manila at mga karatig-lugar.

Kaugnay nito, nagbabala naman ang DILG sa publiko na mag-ingat sa naglipana umanong text scam na ginagamit ang SAP.

“Hanggang sa umagang ito, may naloloko sa text dahil sa scam ng social amelioration program. Kami ay nanawagan as taongbayan na pagka nakatanggap kayo ng text at sinasabing taga-DSWD na nag-text sa inyo at kailangang ibigay niyo ang pin huwag na huwag niyong ibibigay ang pin,” ani Malaya. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Dante Amento)

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