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

Maris Federez   •   September 18, 2019   •   2172

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

DILG: PNP implements border controls in NCR Plus Area

Maris Federez   •   July 31, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has directed the Joint Task Force (JTF) COVID Shield to activate the Quarantine Control Points effective midnight of Saturday (July 31) along the boundaries of the NCR Plus area.

In a statement, the DILG said the move is to ensure that only Authorized Persons Outside of Residence (APOR) are allowed to travel in and out.

Upon the instruction of DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año, JTF COVID Shield Commander PLtGen Israel Dickson is to activate by Saturday midnight all the Quarantine Control Points along the borders of NCR Plus in Cavite, Bulacan, Laguna, and Rizal in compliance with Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) Resolution No. 130-A.

Año said the Philippine National Police (PNP) shall only allow APORs to pass upon presentation of the following:

  1. IATF IDs issued by regulatory agencies; and
  2. Valid IDs or pertinent documentation issued by establishments allowed to operate under the current quarantine classification

Unauthorized persons outside of residence (UPOR), on the other hand, will not be allowed to pass and will be asked to return to their homes, the statement said.

“The implementation of strict border controls in the NCR+ area is critical to stopping the spread of the Delta variant,” Año said.

The DILG chief added that while the PNP is tasked to strictly implement IATF protocols, the police force is reminded to always observe the rule of law and the rules of engagement.

The PNP shall also see to it that there is a free movement of cargo/delivery vehicles, especially those bringing food across all quarantine control points, stressing that such deliveries “are important to the economy.”

“We have instructed all QCPs to allow the unimpeded movement of cargo trucks and delivery vehicles across all our checkpoints,” Año said.

Violators of the prohibitions set by the IATF shall be penalized under Section 9 of RA 11332.

DILG hindi pabor sa reproduksyon ng COVID-19 vaccination card

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 23, 2021

Nagbabala ang Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) sa publiko kaugnay ng pagpapagawa ng COVID-19 vaccination card na yari sa isang uri ng plastic card na polyvinyl chloride o PVC.

Ayon kay DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya, mahalaga ang vaccination card at ang mga impormasyong nakapaloob dito.

Kaya’t tanging orihinal na kopya lang nito ang dapat gamitin alinsunod na rin sa pamantayan ng Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID).

“Madaming paggagamitan iyong vaccination card sa ating mga kababayan para makagalaw, para makapagtrabaho, para makapagbyahe. So, given this situation, kailangan po ay orihinal ang ipakita natin sa mga entry points or kaya naman sa mga mall kung tayo ay senior citizen,” ayon kay Malaya.

Paliwanag pa ng DILG, hindi na orihinal ang kopya nito kung isasaliam sa reproduksyon gaya ng paglalagay ng impormasyon sa PVC card, pagkuha ng litrato, xerox o photocopy at pagpapa-scan nito.

May banta rin sa data privacy o personal na impormasyon ng isang indibiduwal ang pagbibigay ng kopya ng vaccination card sa ibang tao o kumpanya.

Kaya payo ni Malaya, huwag sayangin ang oras, hirap at pera sa pagpapagawa ng PVC vaccination card.

Maari namang protektahan na lang ang orihinal na bakuna card sa pamamagitan ng ilang paraan upang hindi ito masira o mawala kung ito ay dadalahin.

“Kung tayo ay concerned doon sa ating vaccination card, ayaw natin itong masira o mabasa, eh di ipa-laminate na lang. Marami pong paraan para maprotektahan natin ang ating vaccination card without reproducing it or tampering with the original,” ayon kay Malaya.

Maaari namang manghingi ang isang indibidwal lalo pa ang mga pupunta sa ibang bansa ng vaccination certificate sa Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) na maaring magsilbing patunay na ang isang tao ay bakunado na.

Duterte directs DILG, PNP to implement stricter protocols vs. COVID-19 spread

Maris Federez   •   July 20, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to implement stricter protocols to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), more importantly, the Delta variant.

“I urge the DILG and the PNP to implement existing protocols with greater urgency and necessity. It is only by imposing these restrictions that we can fight the threat of Delta variant,” Duterte said during his weekly Talk to the Nation that aired on Monday (July 19).

The president said that the reported local cases of the Delta variant is a cause for serious alarm and concern as its rate of transmission is more than double of the alpha variant.

The chief executive believes that the reimposition of stricter restrictions help avoid mass gatherings and prevent super spreader events.

He hopes that the country’s existing infrastructure in dealing with the problem of COVID-19 Delta variant, such as the vaccination program, can cope up and be as effective in dealing with the said variant.

“Pagka andito na, kung sakali man it will spread, I hope it will not, then we’ll have to go again to stricter measure.”

The president also reminded the public that the government’s security forces act upon his orders with an aim to protect the people against the deadly viral disease.

“Remember, the reason why the security forces of the government are very strict is not because they want to be strict and they want to make it hard for the people to move. Rather, they are strict because they want to protect the country from a very contagious disease and maybe cause more deaths, more than the lives that we lost in the past,” Duterte said.

“Huwag kayong magalit sa police o sa mga military kasi utos ko yan. So hindi nila kasalanan. Kasi pag hindi nila naimplement, pag may nakita ako na violations, sila man ang bubulyawan ko. In other words, they are just doing their duty,” the president further said. —/mbmf

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