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DILG to conduct nationwide info drive on federalism

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, January 15th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Representatives of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) are set to conduct information campaign across the country to educate the public on the benefits of federalism.

DILG Assistant Secretary at federalism campaign chief Jonathan Malaya is confident that the general public will welcome the Duterte administration’s federal form of government.

“Ang ipapaliwanag mo na lang sa kanila is yung mas malaking pondong pupunta sa kanilang LGU (local government unit), yung serbisyong mas maganda (What needs to be explained to them is the bigger fund that will go to LGUs and the better services) ,” said Malaya.

Aside from its benefits, DILG also has other ways to make the concept easily understandable to the masses.

“Mag-iikot po kami (We will be going around). Gagawa po kami ng komiks, meron kaming mga kung ano-ano (We will be producing comics and other stuff),” said the campaign chief. “We produced this book with all of the leading federalists because we want to clear the issues,” he said.

Also, Malaya said the local government will have a huge role to help in the realization of the campaign.

The Duterte administration targets to implement federalism before President Rodrigo Duterte ends his term in 2022. — Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue



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Duterte skips barangay polls for ‘purely political’ reasons

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

President Duterte’s ratings, expected

FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte


MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte skipped Monday’s barangay elections primarily “to erase suspicions.” He added that his reason was “purely political.”

“Purely political. Lahat iyong tumakbo kaibigan ko (I’m friends with all the candidates). Almost all were my supporters during the last election, and they would never believe na nagboto ako o hindi sa kanila (whether I voted for them or not ). So tingin ko (I thought) the better option is just skip the voting. Ayokong magduda sila (I don’t want them to have any doubts),” the President said in his speech Monday night, May 14, at  the wake of former Senator Edgardo Angara.

President Duterte did not show up to vote at his polling precinct at Daniel R. Aguinaldo High School where a presidential chair was prepared. Monday’s barangay elections, the first in five years after several postponements, was also the first under the Duterte administration. – Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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Trash traps placed in Metro Manila waterways

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, May 4th, 2018

A trash trap was installed by Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC) across a waterway in Metro Manila to prevent garbages flow in the stream.


MANILA, Philippines – The Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission and local government units have placed metal and net trash traps between estuaries and bridges in some parts of Metro Manila.

Selected areas include Del Monte Avenue, Quezon Avenue, Diliman Avenue in Roxas District, Ermitanyo creek in Quezon City, Maytunas creek in San Juan and Mandaluyong and Buhangin creek situated in new Panaderos bridge in Manila.

Everyday trash traps filter about 50,000 kilograms of garbage which are then delivered to accredited dumping facilities.

Due to reckless disposal of solid wastes in waterways, DILG is set to release a memo against individuals, barangays and factories that are allegedly behind the volumes of garbage.

“Our goal is to eliminate ‘yung source ng (the source of) pollution, number one dito sa (primarily in) San Juan River,” said Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission Executive Director Antonio Goitia.

Individuals, LGUs or companies found to be causing the pollution of rivers will face charges for violating Republic Act 9003 or Ecological Solid Waste Management Act.

Violators may face fines ranging from 300 pesos to imprisonment of 1-6 years. – Mai Bermudez | UNTV News & Rescue

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DILG calls for extension of COC filing in areas without SK candidates

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

Filing of COCs


MANILA, Philippines — The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will request an extension for the filing of certificate of candidacy (COC) in areas without aspirants in the upcoming Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls.

However, if Comelec en banc denies the extension request, the DILG will create a Local Youth Development Office (LYDO) in said areas as required under the Sanguniang Kabataan Reform Act of 2015.

“Ang mga munisipyo natin at lungsod kailangan mag-appoint na sila ng Local Youth and Development officer…na magpapatuloy ng mga programa na sana ginagawa nung SK,” said DILG Assistant Secretary for Communications and Public Affairs Jonathan Malaya.

(Our cities and municipalities need to appoint a Local Youth and Development officer who will continue the programs that the SK was supposed to implement.)

Based on Comelec’s latest record, a total of 418,906 individuals filed for candidacy in the SK polls. The poll body said such number is enough to fill all 338,583 elective positions across the country. — Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue

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