Clearing operations, not competition among local chief execs – Mayor Isko

Maris Federez   •   September 18, 2019   •   303

Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso

In just a little over a week, the 60-day period that the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has set for the local chief executives to clean the streets of Metro Manila will come to an end.

But Manila mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso has admitted that they have a long way to go to completely clean the streets of the almost 900 barangays in the city.

“I’m not doing it for my fellow mayors, I’m doing it for the people of Manila,” he said.

Mayor Isko, however, stated that he is happy with the accomplishments of other cities in Metro Manila that have completed clearing their streets of obstructions.

 “I’m happy for them but this is not a competition among mayors,” he added.

The DILG, however, that no Metro Manila cities had been 100% compliant in clearing the streets.

Moreno admitted that several areas in Manila, such as Quiapo and Tondo, remain a big problem for him.

But he assured that he will not waver from his resolve.

“Whether mameet namin o hindi naman namin mameet, it doesn’t matter because we will continue.”

Moreno pointed to the lack of governance caused the return of the obstructions in some areas in Manila in the past.

The local chief executive, however, warned that he will file charges against the barangay officials who will fail to accomplish their tasks and submit the inventories of their areas of concern. (from the report of Harlene Delgado) /mbmf

Mayor Isko eyes serving ‘newly improved’ Nutribun to public schoolchildren next year

Marje Pelayo   •   October 17, 2019

Manila Mayor Isko Domagoso

MANILA, Philippines – Mayor Isko Domagoso let elementary students in Rosauro Almario Elementary School (RAES) have the first taste of what he calls ‘newly improved’ Nutribun.

Domagoso is planning to revive the supplementary feeding program for public elementary school children that was first launched in the 70s under the late President Ferdinand Marcos.

“Disente. Naka-plastic. Maayos.  Iyong alam mong pinag-isipan, pinag-planuhan (It comes in plastic packaging. You’ll know it’s carefully designed and planned),” Domagoso said as he described the packaging of the bread.

“Medyo malambot na iyon. Pansinin mo. Hindi na makababasag ng panga. Noong araw kasi ang tigas niya. Lumalaban iyon na parang tsinelas (It’s softer now. Take a look. It’s no longer hard or rubbery),” he added.

The supplementary feeding program was launched between 1968 and 1970 in cooperation with the United States under the USAID Food for Peace program aimed at alleviating childhood malnutrition in the Philippines.

The program ended in 1997.

Nutribun, along with other food items, was served to public school children across the country for free.

On Wednesday, the local government of Manila together with the Philippine Society of Bakery (PSB) distributed nutrition-packed Nutribun coinciding with the World Bread Day.

(It has flour, soy, milk, butter and Vitamin C as well as Niacin, Riboflavin, and Vitamin A),” explained Jonathan Cabiles, PSB vice president, of the nutritional content of the bread.

According to Imelda Tubao, RAES’ school nurse, among the more than 8,000 school children in RAES, 446 are what they call “severely wasted” or described by UNICEF as ‘dangerously thin.’

Meanwhile, a total of 825 are considered ‘wasted’ or slightly undernourished. Most of their students come from poor families.

So far, the local government of Manila has selected students who are regular recipient of free breakfast.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DWSD), meanwhile, has also been serving free lunch and free snacks to selected schools in Manila which needed nutritional assistance.

According to Tubao, the re-introduction of the nutribun program will definitely improve the students’ learning habits.

“Iyong brain niya umaandar kasi kailangan busog ang tiyan (The students’ brain will improve its function because the stomach is full),” she said.

“Attentive na siya sa pakikinig sa guro. Maiintindihan na niya yung lesson ni teacher at dagdag noon, hindi na siya a-absent (Students will be more attentive to understand the teachers’ lessons. Likewise, it will prevent them from skipping school),” she added.

Aside from its nutritional benefits, Mayor Isko said he decided to revive the Nutribun program because it means not just the bread but memories of his childhood.

“I’m a product of public education system. We were so excited to go to school simply because of this nutribun and Klim,” he said.

“Kapag humilata ka sa bahay tatamad tamad ka, nganga. Kapag sumokpa ka sa eskwelahan may tinapay ka tapos may Klim (If you’re lazy staying home, you’ll get nothing. But if you go to school, you’ll get bread and milk),” the Mayor added.

Mayor Isko targets to kick start the Nutribun supplementary food program by next year and will be implemented in all public schools across the city of Manila. – MNP (with reports from Bernard Dadis)

Road clearing program to continue; another validation set in December – DILG

Robie de Guzman   •   October 14, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The national road clearing program will continue and the efforts of local government units will be validated quarterly starting this December, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said on Sunday.

In a statement, DILG Undersecretary and spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said the road clearing effort was made into a continuous program after President Rodrigo Duterte expressed satisfaction over the result of the LGUs 60-day road clearing.

“The President congratulated the DILG and all LGUs who actively participated in the road clearing operations and directed Secretary (Eduardo) Año to continue with the program until the end of his term,” he said

The DILG said that based on their assessment, a total of 1,148 LGUs nationwide passed the validation while 97 were issued show-cause orders for getting failing marks.

The department said that validation reports from 1,246 LGUs showed that 6,899 roads all over the country were cleared of all types of obstruction with 328 local government units getting high compliance rating, 497 got medium compliance rating while 323 got low compliance rating.

Malaya said the challenge now to local government units is to sustain the gains they achieved all year-round and for those in the medium and low compliance category to improve on their performance.

“So, our advice to all LGUs is not to let their guard down, maintain and sustain what they have accomplished, continue with their road clearing operations, otherwise they will join the 97 LGUs that have been issued show-cause orders by Secretary Año,” he said.

Aside from road clearing, Malaya said they have also been working with other public and private agencies to help decongest traffic, especially during road accidents.

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97 LGUs failed to comply with Duterte’s road clearing order — DILG

Marje Pelayo   •   October 11, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is satisfied with the road clearing operations that local government units (LGUs) had accomplished across the country.

However, 97 LGUs failed the standards set by the department in order to comply with the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte to clear all public roads of obstructions as they were turned into private parking spaces.

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said that overall, LGUs were able to accomplished 80 percent of the requirements with 1,148 municipalities and cities rated as compliant; 97 were rated as non-complaint and 388 others still under assessment.

Specifically, 328 LGUs were given a ‘high compliance’ rating for achieving 91% to 100% of the target; 497 were given ‘medium compliance’ rating for achieving 81% to 90% of the target; while 323 were graded ‘low compliance’ for achieving only 80% or even lower than the target.

Those who failed will be required to explain or justify their operations.

From their explanation, the DILG would determine whether or not they should be sanctioned which could lead to the dismissal of the local officials in charge.

“[That’s what we call] their best (or) their good was not enough,” Año noted.

Among the LGUs who passed the DILG standards were Metro Manila, but several major cities like Pasig City, Quezon City and Muntinlupa only received ‘medium’ compliance.

Taguig City was given low-compliance rating but the DILG said it was still up for review and validation.

Almost 7,000 roads were cleared across the country by the road clearing project of the government, 61 of which were all from Metro Manila.

“Huwag natin gawin ningas-kugon ang kampanyang ito,” Año said.

The official said they will send show-cause order first to 80 low-compliant barangays that are located in Metro Manila. – MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

Metro Manila LGUs Compliance Rating (Source: DILG)

High Compliance

  • Manila
  • Marikina
  • San Juan
  • Mandaluyong
  • Caloocan
  • Malabon
  • Las Piñas
  • Pateros
  • Parañaque
  • Navotas
  • Pasay
  • Valenzuela
  • Makati

Medium Compliance

  • Quezon City
  • Pasig
  • Muntinlupa

Low Compliance

  • Taguig

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