DILG orders LGUs to conduct clean up drive to contain dengue spread

Robie de Guzman   •   July 17, 2019   •   1312

The local government of Island Garden City of Samal Davao del Norte conducts mosquito fogging to combat the dengue outbreak on July 16, 2019 | Courtesy: Cerilo Ebrano/Photoville International

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Wednesday (July 17) directed local government units (LGU) to immediately undertake clean up drives to contain the spread of dengue.

“The alarming increase of dengue cases in several areas should prompt LGUs to act now and act fast in arresting the spread of dengue in their respective areas. We should not allow dengue to debilitate our communities,” DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said in a statement.

Año issued the statement days after Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III declared a “National Dengue Alert” amid spiking number of dengue cases in the country.

The DOH earlier reported it has identified regions with raised dengue alerts exceeding the epidemic threshold, namely MIMAROPA (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan), Western Visayas (Region VI), Central Visayas (Region VII), and Northern Mindanao (Region X).

Meanwhile, the Ilocos region (Region I), Cagayan Valley (Region II), CALABARZON (Region IV-A), Bicol region (Region V), Eastern Visayas (Region VIII), Zamboanga Peninsula (Region IX), Davao region (Region XI), Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) are identified as regions that have exceeded the alert threshold.

READ: DOH declares dengue alert in several regions

The DILG chief urged the LGUs to coordinate with DOH representatives in identifying the breeding sites of dengue-carrying mosquitoes and learning the necessary steps to effectively eliminate mosquitoes.

READ: Dengue on the rise: How to protect your family against dengue virus

“We must increase our efforts in addressing the dengue infection especially during this rainy season when cases are expected to rise,” Año said.

He also called on local government officials to mobilize residents to participate in clean-up drives to eliminate breeding areas of dengue-carrying mosquitoes.

“Lahat tayo ay magtulong-tulong at kumilos na. Huwag nating iasa na lang sa gobyerno ang paglilinis at pagsisinop sa ating mga kapaligiran para maiwasan ang dengue,” he said.

DILG to affected LGUs, residents: Be prepared for any eventuality

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 28, 2020

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) reminds residents and local government units (LGUs) of areas affected by the Taal eruption to remain vigilant despite the lowering of alert level from 4 to 3.

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said that even the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said that residents in the Taal area should still be on guard.

“The crisis is not over. It’s over when there is no longer any alert level,” he said. “Maging handa at listo pa rin tayo sa ano mang puwedeng mangyari para masiguro ang kaligtasan ng ating mga kababayan, (Let us remain alert and vigilant on what might happen to ensure the safety of our fellowmen)

Año also said residents outside of the 7-km danger zone may return to their respective residences and places of work subject to clearance from their respective Local Government Units.

“Based on your sound discretion, you may advise residents, communities, and owners of business establishments, particularly those outside the 7-km Danger Zone, that they have the option to return, but must be prepared for a quick and organized evacuation at such time that the alert level will again be raised,” he said to the various LGUs.

Meanwhile, the DILG Secretary said entry into the Taal Volcano Island’s Permanent Danger Zone is strictly prohibited.

Based on reports from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), a total of 102,443 families were affected by the Taal eruption in the provinces of Batangas, Quezon, Laguna and Cavite and a total of P3.352-billion worth of damage to infrastructure and agriculture was incurred in Batangas, Laguna, and Cavite.—AAC

Only 8 barangays in Tagaytay under mandatory evacuation, DILG clarifies

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 21, 2020

The Department of the Inteior and Local Government (DILG) has clarified that only eight barangays are covered by the mandatory evacuation.

In a statement, the DILG said the order to implement a mandatory evacuation in eight barangays in Tagaytay City is based on the recommendation of the Philippine Institute for Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS).

“Both the DILG and NDRRMC acted upon the strong representations of the PHIVOLCS that these barangays are susceptible to volcanic tsunami, ballistic projectiles, and base surge. So, as early as Monday, we already issued the mandatory evacuation order,” said DILG undersecretary and spokesperson, Jonathan Malaya.

The eight barangays from Tagaytay are Bagong Tubig, Kaybagal South (Pob)., Maharlika West, Sambong, San Jose, Silang Junction South, Maharlika East, and Tolentino East.

“We are not the scientific experts here, its the DOST. So, until and unless PHIVOLCS removes these eight barangays from the list of susceptible barangays, the DILG has no choice but to insist that mandatory evacuation should be implemented immediately,” he added.

Malaya reiterated that the mandatory evacuation does not cover all barangays in Tagaytay City. He also said that business establishments in other areas in city may continue their operation.—AAC

98% of residents in 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated —DILG

Maris Federez   •   January 20, 2020

Sylvestre Barba (C) listens to a radio inside an evacuation center for citizens affected by the eruption of Taal Volcano in Santo Tomas, Batangas, Philippines, 15 January 2020. EPA-EFE/MARK CRISTINO

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) announced that authorities have evacuated almost all of the residents in the 14-kilometer radius danger zone of the Taal Volcano.

DILG Sec. Eduardo Año said they have already evacuated 98-percent of the residents as evacuation measures are still being done for those who have yet to respond to the government’s call to leave their homes.

Año thanked the police, military and other law enforcement agency personnel for maintaining order in the affected areas in lockdown and where total evacuation is being implemented.

The official also said that they have yet to receive reports of looting and that zero-casualty is being maintained in the affected areas of the Taal eruption.

“The three cases reported in media were mainly due to the pre-existing medical condition and not directly related to the eruption,” Año said. — (with details from Lea Ylagan) /mbmf

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