DILG mapping out ways to help in BARMM transition process
Robie de Guzman • September 10, 2019 • 674
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Tuesday said it is currently mapping out ways on how to effectively provide technical assistance to the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) as it undergoes transition.
In a statement, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año assured his department will provide assistance to the interim regional government of BARMM especially police support for the maintenance of peace and order as it undergoes the normalization phase.
“We have prepared a road map on how best we can assist the BARMM. We want to help in meeting the objectives of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) and that is to allow the Bangsamoro to have a meaningful self-governance within the framework of the Constitution and territorial integrity of the country,” he said.
“We will make sure that the DILG exercises judiciously its general supervision over BARMM,” he added.
The DILG said normalization is the process through which communities affected by the decades-long armed conflict in Mindanao can return to social life and pursue sustainable development livelihoods free from fear of violence and crime.
“The DILG will see to it that we implement what the law mandates, particularly the BOL, which says that the Philippine National Police (PNP) shall create a Police Regional Office in BARMM for the primary purpose of law enforcement and maintenance of peace and order,” Año said.
“We shall also see to it that members of the MILF and the Moro National Liberation Front shall be admitted to the police force within five years of the BOL’s ratification,” he added.
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Thursday urged local government units (LGU) to start planning and budgeting for local recovery and rehabilitation even if the threat of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is not yet over.
In a statement, DILG spokesperson Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said the DILG, with technical support of the World Bank, has developed the “Ready to Recover (We Rise as One) COVID-19 Local Recovery Planning Guide” to help the LGUs prepare and recover from the current public health crisis.
“We need to recover now kahit ‘di pa tapos ang COVID-19 crisis kasi mas lalala ang epekto nito sa ekonomiya at kabuhayan ng ating mga kababayan,” Malaya said.
“The DILG is collaborating with other national government agencies in the Interagency Task Force (IATF) to help LGUs prepare their recovery strategies and programs. The goal is to build back better,” he added.
Malaya said that with vast parts of the country now classified as low-risk, most of the country can now begin recovery efforts on the local level to protect jobs and stimulate economic activity.
“With private consumption and investment still down, it is now up to the national and local governments to drive consumption and investment with government spending and policies that support the growth and recovery of local businesses,” he said.
The DILG spokesman said that the planning guide will simplify the recovery and rehabilitation planning to give LGUs flexibility in interventions as it has provided sample frameworks, templates, and suggested programs, projects, and activities.
“It will guide LGUs on the coordination of recovery efforts of national, regional, and local governments including the roles, responsibilities, and institutional structures,” he said.
Malaya also stated that LGUs need not create a new local body to do the local recovery planning and budgeting as this can be done through the creation of an economic cluster within the existing Local COVID-19 Task Force headed by a mayor or governor.
In financing the local recovery from the pandemic, Malaya said that the DILG has identified at least indicative fund source options based on existing government guidelines that can be tapped by LGUs to help address the challenges of fund availability.
He said these options include national government programs and financing assistance programs of select government financial institutions (GFIs) and government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs).
Other possible sources are the Local Government Support Fund – Financial Assistance to LGUs (LGSF – FA), LGSF –Assistance to Municipalities, Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) Incentive Fund, Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan- Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services – National Community-Driven Development Program (KALAHI-CIDSS NCDDP), Regular Agency Budget, and the 20% Development Fund (DF), he noted.
“Hindi kayo basta iiwan na lang ng nasyunal na gobyerno. We will monitor your local recovery programs and projects and assess your progress to ensure you stay on track and achieve your intended results,” Malaya said.
MANILA, Philippines – Posibleng makumpleto ngayong linggo ang pamamahagi ng ikalawang bugso ng emergency subsidy ng pamahalaan sa ilalim ng Social Amelioration Program (SAP), ayon sa Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
Batay sa datos ng Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), aabot na sa P69.2 bilyong pondo ang naipamahaging para sa 9,771,490 benepisyaryo ng program.
Ayon sa DILG, target ng kagawaran na mabigyan ng ayuda ang nasa halos 12 milyong pamilya bago o pagdating ng Agosto 15.
“Kahapon nag-commit ang DSWD na ibibigay yan sa loob ng linggong ito sa lahat ng benepisyaryo so timing na timing kasi pag sinasabing MECQ hindi makapagrababaho ang tao nandyan ang national para ibigay yung second tranche,” ani DILG spokesperson at Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya.
Ang mga hindi nakatanggap sa unang bugso ng ayuda o ang mga tinatawag na ‘waitlisted’ ay P16,000 ang makukuha.
Kasama rin sa programa ang mga tsuper ng jeep na ilang buwan na ring hindi nakakapamasada dahil sa ipinatutupad na community quarantine sa gitna ng COVID-19 pandemic.
Digital ang pamamahagi ng ayuda sa pamamagitan ng automated teller machine (ATM) card o kaya ay GCash na isang mobile wallet platform na ginagamit sa bansa.
Naniniwala si Malaya na malaking tulong ito sa mga pamilya na mawawalan ng kita dahil sa muling pagsailalim sa modified enhanced community quarantine ng Metro Manila at mga karatig-lugar.
Kaugnay nito, nagbabala naman ang DILG sa publiko na mag-ingat sa naglipana umanong text scam na ginagamit ang SAP.
“Hanggang sa umagang ito, may naloloko sa text dahil sa scam ng social amelioration program. Kami ay nanawagan as taongbayan na pagka nakatanggap kayo ng text at sinasabing taga-DSWD na nag-text sa inyo at kailangang ibigay niyo ang pin huwag na huwag niyong ibibigay ang pin,” ani Malaya. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Dante Amento)
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Thursday warned the public against individuals taking advantage of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic by posing as members of contact tracing teams to extort money from their victims.
The DILG issued the warning following reports of unscrupulous individuals introducing themselves as contact tracers to scam unsuspecting victims into handing out payment for the COVID-19 test kits.
Reports of this scam came after the DILG said that more than 69,000 contact tracers have been deployed nationwide.
DILG Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said these individuals are sending messages or making calls to their victims, telling them to shell out money for the cost of a testing kit after they have been identified as a close contact of a COVID-19 patient.
“Hindi nila ibibigay ang impormasyon about the alleged person na nag-positive [for COVID-19], sasabihin nila na they will violate privacy laws kuno,” Malaya said in a statement.
Despite the limited information given, the scammer will insist on having the victim tested within the next 72 hours.
The victim will then be asked for their address where the supposed testing kits will be sent.
“Pagtawag nila sa isang bahay, they will advise the person to self-isolate at magpa-test within 72 hours. Siyempre ito namang biktima will agree to undergo testing,” he said. “Kapag naibigay mo na ang address mo, dito na sila magsisimula sa kanilang modus.”
He said scammers will then ask for their credit card number or other financial details saying that the test kits cost $50 each.
“Yun na yung catch, matapos makuha yung address ng biktima, bigla nila ngayon itong sisingilin at sasabihing hindi libre ang test kit,” he said.
“Kapag tumanggi naman yung tao, pagbabantaan sila na they will face penalties for not undergoing the coronavirus test,” he added.
Malaya said legitimate contact tracing teams will never ask for money since their task is to track down and manage close contacts, reduce the spread of infection, and offer diagnostic, counselling and treatment to confirmed COVID-19 cases.
“We ask the public to be vigilant. Huwag po tayong basta-basta magtitiwala sa mga taong tatawag o magtetext para humingi ng pera. Pag may pera na po sa usapan, scam na po iyan,” he said.
The DILG spokesperson advised the public to immediately report such incident to the nearest police station or call the DILG through Hotline 911 and the DILG-Public Assistance and Complaint Center at 8925-0343.
“We are currently beefing up our contact tracing capabilities nationwide to serve more Filipinos for free kaya hinihikayat po natin ang ating mga kababayan na ireport po ang ganitong mga panloloko sa mga kinauukulan,” Malaya said.
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