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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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10 mayors in Cagayan Valley, Cordillera, under probe for alleged absence during ‘Ompong’

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Aerial view of the housing community in Baggao, Cagayan. Image courtesy of SAP Bong Go

At least 10 mayors from Cagayan Valley and Cordillera Administrative Region are under investigation for their alleged absence during the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said it is investigating whether these officials violated its operation list of protocols on disaster preparedness, which require heads of local government units classified as low and high risk areas during a typhoon to implement necessary preparations.

The agency has refused to name the officials, but if they are found guilty of absenteeism and negligence of duty, they will be required to submit written explanations and may even be suspended or dismissed.

“Ang kagawaran ay ayaw ng trial by publicity kung kaya’t ang mga pangalan ng mga nasabing alkalde ay ilalabas pagkatapos na makumpleto ang isinagawang imbestigasyon,” said DILG Asec. Jonathan Malaya —UNTV News & Rescue

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Duterte: Economic managers are working on high inflation rate

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses the pressing concerns of the country during a dialogue with Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo at the Malacañan Palace on September 11, 2018. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

 

In a one-on-one interview with his chief legal counsel on Tuesday, President Rodrigo Duterte assured the public that his economic managers are addressing the issue of high inflation rate in the country.

“The economic managers are working on it already, we have a Cabinet meeting right after this and then I’ll also have the chance to ask questions,” he said.

The inflation rate in the country rose from 5.7 percent in the month of July to 6.4 percent in August 2018.

This is the highest inflation rate reported by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) in nine years.

However, the Chief Executive said that no country is immune to inflation.

Duterte had earlier blamed US President Donald Trump’s tariff policies for the high inflation rate in the Philippines. — Rosalie Coz

 

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ASec. Mocha gets PCOO memo after controversial fed video

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, September 6th, 2018

Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson (left) with blogger, Drew Olivar in their controversial video on Federalism (Image grabbed from Mocha Uson official FB page)

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) confirmed on Thursday (September 6) the issuance of a memorandum to Assistant Secretary Margaux “Mocha” Uson for uploading a reprehensible video on federalism.

During a budget deliberation of the House Committee on Appropriations earlier, ASec. Marie Banaag revealed that right after the PCOO received complaints through government hotline 8888 regarding the controversial video, the PCOO immediately notified Uson and ordered her to explain.

ASec. Banaag added that the memo is a reminder to Uson that as a public servant, specifically a public official, she is bound by the provisions of Republic Act 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.

“Ang tanggapan ni USec. Lorraine Badoy na siyang namumuo sa gender and development ng PCOO ay nag-issue ng memorandum kay ASec. Mocha Uson to remind her sa lahat ng pino-post niya and to remind her doon sa provision ng R.A. 6713…Ito ang first official reminder na ipinatanggap po ng opisina ng PCOO through USec. Badoy sa ASec. Mocha. Ang sinasabi po namin dito, hindi kami nanunuod lang sa nangyayari. Nakikinig din po kami at may ginagawa po ang aming opisina,” Banaag explained.

She also confirmed that the PCOO already completed its fact-finding investigation as to the root of the matter which it submitted to the Office of the Executive Secretary.

The official clarified, however, that the PCOO is not in the position to apprehend or sanction Uson as she is a presidential appointee which means she is directly under the Office of the President. – Grace Casin / Marje Pelayo

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