DILG: No LGU in Metro Manila is 100% compliant with road clearing order

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 17, 2019   •   309

None of the Metro Manila local government units has reached 100 percent compliance with the road clearing order, according to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

In a statement, the DILG said they still have not identified which of the LGUs are fully compliant with President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to clear all public roads.

“We have not made any determination on which LGUs are fully compliant,” according to DILG Spokesman Jonathan Malaya.

Malaya also said an LGU needs to be fully compliant with the following before it can be declared as obstruction-free:

  • Enact or revisit ordinances related to road clearing and banning of illegal construction
  • Prepare an inventory of roads within their jurisdiction
  • Develop and implement displacement strategies
  • Cause and rehabilitation of recovered public roads

He also added that the DILG will validate the data from the LGUs regarding their status in the road clearing directive.—AAC (with reports from Mon Jocson)

DILG pledges support to Green Climate Fund projects

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 19, 2019

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has pledged its support to the country’s first Green Climate Fund (GCF) project.

According to the DILG, the GCF aims to establish multi-hazard impact-based forecasting and early warning system (MH-IBF-EWS) in the local government units (LGUs).

DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año said this aims to translate hazard forecasts into warnings which will provide the location and specific impacts directly to the LGUs and communities on the ground.

“Climate change has been a global issue that we can’t just take for granted. We must acknowledge it and fortify our country with safety measures like the MH-IBF-EWS. As one of the most vulnerable countries that can fall victim to climate change, we should be proactive in developing counter-measures,” he said.

Año said areas including Tuguegarao City, Legazpi City, the town of Palo in Leyte, and New Bataan in Davao de Oro will be the target local government units (LGUs) of the GCF project.

The said project has been approved by the Green Climate Fund Board during its recent meeting in Songdo, Korea and is worth $10 million.—AAC

DILG tells youth to be wary of so-called Students’ Youth Camp

Robie de Guzman   •   November 14, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Thursday called on the youth to “think twice and be more discerning” before joining events organized by an alliance of student councils in line with the observance of the National Students’ Day this month.

In a statement, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año identified among these events the 1st National Students’ Youth Camp set to be held on Nov. 16 to 17 and a series of activities from Nov. 11 to 21 in several campuses of the University of the Philippines.

He added that among the organizers of the youth camp are the UP Office of the Student Regent, NUSP, College Editors Guild of the Philippines, Student Christian Movement of the Philippines, and Kabataan Partylist.

According to Año, such events are not endorsed by the National Youth Commission (NYC), an attached agency of the DILG.

Under Republic Act 11369 or the National Students’ Day Act, it is the NYC that is tasked to lead the annual program of activities for the National Students Day with the support of the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

November 17 of every year has been declared by President Rodrigo Duterte as National Students’ Day.

“We just want to make it clear that the 1st National Students’ Youth Camp, as well as, the other activities organized by the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) and other allied groups are not government-endorsed. These are separate activities that are not sanctioned by the government and the NYC,” he said.

Año said he issued the statement following queries from parents about the NUSP-led activities being circulated on social media which encourage the attendance of students.

The DILG chief added that he also received reports that youth camps and other activities are being used by left-leaning organizations to “agitate, deceive, and recruit the youth into joining the communist movement.”

“While the intent of RA 11369 is to inculcate love of country and social responsibility among the youth, leftist groups are taking advantage and riding on the observance of the National Students’ Day to do the opposite and that is to fuel distrust in the government and duly constituted authorities and advance their communist agenda,” he said.

While the government recognizes the right of the camp organizers to conduct such activities, Año urged them to be wary of becoming instruments of communist front organizations for recruitment.

“Huwag kayong magpagamit. Use your talents and skills for worthwhile activities that will help in nation-building and not in those that will veer you away from the right path,” he says.

DILG hits Lagusnilad vandalism; wants sanctions vs vandals

Robie de Guzman   •   November 14, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Thursday slammed the youth group that vandalized the newly-refurbished walls of the Lagusnilad underpass in Manila, describing the act as deplorable.

“Nakakahiya ang ginawang pambababoy sa Lagusnilad pagkatapos itong linisin at ayusin ng Manila City Government,” DILG spokesperson, Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said in a statement.

He said that vandalism is a form of malicious mischief under Article 327 of the Revised Penal Code.

Malaya also pointed out that there are many ways to express views on social concerns that do not include dirtying up public places or properties.

“While we respect the rights of these organizations to express their views and opinion, that right is not absolute. Ang karapatan ay may hangganan at kaakibat na responsibilidad. ‘Di na nga kayo nakatulong, ‘wag na sanang mamerwisyo pa ng iba,” he said.

“With the advent of social media, vandalisms like this have directed attention to the obnoxiousness of their method rather than the meaning of their message,” he added.

Cultural group Panday Sining has apologized for spray painting protest statements on the walls of Lagusnilad underpass.

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, who was irked by the group’s action, earlier issued a stern warning against those who will be caught vandalizing the wall.

“Change cannot be realized by the government alone. Tulad na lang ng bandalismo. Hindi biro ang pagpapapintura at pagsasaayos ng mga public walls and properties. Samantalang sa ilang segundo lamang ay napakadali ang pagsira nito ng mga nagbabandalismo. Sayang ang pondong puwede sanang ilaan sa iba pang proyektong makapagpapabuti sa buhay ng nakakarami,” Malaya lamented.

Instead of doing vandalisms, he urged groups to get involved in barangay clean-up, anti-smoking campaigns, and other worthwhile activities.

The DILG official also urged local government units (LGU) to revisit and ensure the strict implementation of respective ordinances against vandalism.

“LGUs should, therefore, see to it that they strictly enforce their laws on vandalism so that vandals will face the consequences of their actions,” he said, adding that LGUs should make use of their closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras to identify and catch vandals.

The department also called on the Philippine National Police (PNP) to apprehend those found violating laws and ordinances.

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