DILG looking forward to Robredo’s fresh ideas, strategies in handling PH drug problem

Robie de Guzman   •   November 7, 2019   •   596

Vice President of the Philippines Leni Robredo delivers a statement to the press in Quezon City, Philippines, 06 November 2019. Robredo announced on 06 November, she would accept President Rodrigo Duterte’s designation of her as the co-chairperson of the country’s Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs. (EPA-EFE / ROLEX DELA PENA)

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said it is looking forward to closely working with Vice President Leni Robredo after she accepted President Rodrigo Duterte’s offer to be co-chairperson of the inter-agency committee on anti-illegal drugs (ICAD).

DILG spokesperson and Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said Robredo has the competency and can make a significant contribution in government efforts to reduce public demand for illegal drugs, citing her work with various organizations and sectors over the years.

The DILG, together with the Department of Health and the Department of Social Welfare and Development, leads the illegal-drug demand reduction campaign.

“We feel that it is in the area of illegal-drug demand reduction that the Vice President can make a significant contribution,” Malaya said in a statement.

The DILG official also cited the following ICAD objectives, as provided for in Executive Order 15, which they believe could be met by government agencies with the vice president’s help and guidance:

  • Advocacy campaign initiatives against illegal-drugs on the community level;
  • Barangay anti-drug clearing operations;
  • Cleansing the bureaucracy of unscrupulous personnel involved in illegal drugs;
  • Community-based drug rehabilitation program

Malaya said these are some of the functions of the ICAD but they are open to Robredo’s fresh ideas and alternative strategies on how to handle the government’s anti-illegal drug campaign.

He added that the DILG has directed all its attached agencies to provide the necessary assistance to the Vice President as she takes on her new assignment.

“We are ready to assist the Vice President in her new task. After all, the objective is the same — to eliminate the drug problem in our country,” he said.

Duterte vows to hold accountable operatives who ‘acted beyond bounds’ in drug war

Marje Pelayo   •   September 22, 2021

President Rodrigo Duterte in his speech on Tuesday (September 21) at the 76th United Nations General Assembly has vowed to hold accountable anyone who went beyond bounds in his administration’s drug war.

He stressed that his administration “has a mandate and an obligation” to his people and all criminals will be dealt “with the full force” of the Philippine law.

“Those found to have acted beyond bounds during operations shall be made accountable before our laws,” he said.

Duterte said the Philippine government has finalized with the UN a joint program on human rights, a model for constructive engagement between a sovereign member state such as the Philippines and an international body.

“Meaningful change, to be enduring, must come from within. The imposition of one’s will over another – no matter how noble the intent – has never worked in the past. And it never will in the future,” he said, implying his rejection of the probe set by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The chief executive admitted that achieving such a goal “has not been without challenges.”

Thus, he informed the UN that he had instructed the country’s Justice Department and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to review the conduct of his administration’s campaign against illegal drugs.

Mayor Isko confirms meeting with Robredo, Pacquiao

Robie de Guzman   •   September 20, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso on Monday confirmed that he had a meeting with Vice President Leni Robredo and Senator Manny Pacquiao ahead of the period for filing of candidacy for the 2022 elections.

“Yes we had a meeting and Vice President Robredo so we’re trying to reach out to each and everyone. Ako naman meron ako tengang lagi na pewde makinig eh. Wala naman masamang makinig eh,” Domagoso said.

He, however, refused to divulge any information on what transpired during the meeting.

“I’m not in the liberty to discuss the details. But I can confirm there was a meeting and hopefully there will be more meetings ‘no na pewde namin pag-usapan ang mga bagay-bagay,” he said.

Mayor Isko expressed hope that decisions related to the 2022 elections will be made soon.

“I’m very optimistic that things will be better when we heal the wounds with our fellowmen. Mas madaling makaka-move on. And I’m hopeful decisions will be made in a couple of days now,” he said.

Moreno recently took an oath as the president of the Aksyon Demokratiko political party but he has yet to reveal his final plans for the next year’s polls.

Pacquiao on Sunday formally declared his plan to seek the presidency when he accepted the nomination of his PDP-Laban faction to be its presidential bet in the 2022 polls.

Robredo, for her part, expressed willingness to become the opposition’s unity candidate.

DILG says pilot run of new alert level system in NCR ‘so far, so good’

Marje Pelayo   •   September 17, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said the launch of the new alert level system in the National Capital Region (NCR) on Thursday (September 16) has been good so far.

“Maayos po ang ating pilot run the first day of implementation ng new alert level system. In fact, malinaw sa mga local government units ang mga pamantayan,” said DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya.

The official said the LGUs deployed their respective inspectors to different establishments to verify the vaccination status of patrons dining in restaurants.

Malaya said that even though the new policy poses a huge challenge to the department, they are confident that with the help and cooperation of the agencies and the public, the purpose of the alert level system will be achieved especially against the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Malaking hamon po ito sa DILG kaya kahapon po nagbigay ng kautusan si Sec. Año na lahat ng LGUs, kasama na rin ang NCRPO, na paigtingin ang enforcement ng minimum health standards ng mga establisyemento na ina-allow to operate,” he said.

“Kahit na rin po ang ating mga kababayan, ang kanilang adherence to minimum public health standards,” he added.

Under the Alert Level 4, mass gatherings like concerts, wedding receptions, birthday parties, family reunions, parades and alike, as well as gatherings in residences with one person outside of the immediate household are strictly not allowed.

“Para po masiguro ang compliance ng ating mga kababayan dito sa mga regulasyon na ito, nagbigay po ng direktiba si Sec. Año sa ating mga barangay, kapulisan, at LGUs na mag-deploy at mag-reactivate ng kanilang mga COVID marshal, barangay at disiplina brigade, at mga police marshal,” Malaya said.

Alert Level 4 is the second highest classification imposed on  areas wherein case counts are alarming with total bed utilization rate and intensive care unit utilization at critical level.

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