DILG pledges support to Green Climate Fund projects

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 19, 2019   •   575

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

Año warns 20 LGUs over illegal, unreported, unregulated fishing in municipal waters

Marje Pelayo   •   May 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) issued stern warnings to 20 local government units (LGUs) for illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing (IUUF).

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año also reminded the 20 LGUs “to exercise their mandate and responsibilities, under the Philippine Fisheries Code” and to inform the DILG about the number of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing committed within their jurisdictions or face administrative sanctions.

“Despite the pandemic, we want to remind LGUs of the protection of our aquatic resources which, unfortunately, is still an issue in the country,” he said.

“Para sa 20 pamahalaang lokal na ito na ating pinadalhan ng warning, mahigpit ang ating paalala na pangalagaan ang ating mga karagatan,” he added.

Año stressed that IUUF can cause a serious decline in fisheries resources, and can negatively impact food security and livelihood of coastal communities and fisherfolk thus it has to be closely monitored by the LGUs.

Using the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) technology, a satellite that can detect artificial light sources or superlight, the highest number of IUUF violations were registered in the following areas:

Tongkil, Sulu (2,549)
Zamboanga City, Zamboanga Del Sur (2,446)
Milagros, Masbate (1,595)
Cawayan, Masbate (1,350)
San Pascual, Masbate (1,193)
Languyan, Tawi-tawi (1,057)
Calauag, Quezon (1,009)
Hadji Mohammad Ajul, Basilan (973)
Linapacan, Palawan (959)
Carles, Iloilo (762)

Also included in the top 20 LGUs are Cuyo, Palawan; Santa Cruz, Marinduque; Madridejos, Cebu; Coron, Palawan; San Jose, Occidental Mindoro; Taytay, Palawan; Magsaysay, Palawan; Catbalogan City, Samar; Cavite City, Cavite; and, Quezon, Quezon.

According to Año, the LGUs that received warnings are the top 20 with the highest number of violation on the use of superlight and other artificial light sources which is used to attract fishes during nighttime.

The use of these artificial light sources is prohibited under Section 98 of the Republic Act No. 8550, as amended by Republic Act No. 10654 or the Philippines Fisheries Code of 1998.

The DILG Chief urged LGUs to implement DILG Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 2018-59 which requires LGUs to regulate and monitor fisheries activities and strictly enforce the provisions of the amended Fisheries Code.

He assured that the DILG, through its Fisheries Compliance Audit (FishCA), is committed to monitoring LGUs’ fulfillment of responsibilities under the code and emphasizes the need for effective management of municipal waters for biodiversity conservation and food security.

DILG to discuss with LGUs, PNP parameters of Duterte’s new order to arrest mask violators

Marje Pelayo   •   May 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday (May 5) ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to arrest people who are not wearing their face mask properly in public.

President Duterte made the order during his pre-recorded address after noting that some people mindlessly don a face mask just so they can comply with the protocol.

“Itong mask, ‘yung iba, for compliance lang. Naglalagay ng mask pero nakalabas ‘yung ilong. I-detain mo tapos imbestigahan mo siya kung bakit ganoon ang behavior,“ he told the PNP adding that he has to be strict to curb COVID-19 transmission.

“Kapag hindi ko higpitan, walang mangyayari. Iyan nga, for compliance lang kayo,” he added.

In an interview following Duterte’s announcement, DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said they still have to discuss the new directive with the PNP.

“I think the President was serious. We will have to sit down with the Philippine National Police [..] to determine the parameters of the presidential directive. And we have to reconcile this with the various ordinances that were issued by the LGUs,” Malaya noted.

“I must emphasize that what people are violating here are local ordinances that were issued by the local sanggunian. We will take a look on how we can implement this directive of the President,” he added.

As for the quarantine violations, Malaya stressed that the IATF resolution is implemented through ordinances passed by the local government units. The penalty for a specific violation would depend on each LGU.

“So we may have to talk with the LGUs and of course the Philippine National Police,” Malaya said.

Malaya emphasized that it is the responsibility of the local chief executives and barangay officials to implement all minimum health standards in their respective jurisdictions.

DILG expects 1,000 newly hired contact tracers to start working this week

Marje Pelayo   •   May 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has confirmed that around 1,000 newly hired contact tracers are expected to start work this week.

“We expect siguro by this week mayroon nang magsisimula na magtrabaho sa contact tracers, around 1,000 ay makakatapos na ng kanilang training na isasagawa ng DILG at the Local Government Academy,” DILG Spokesman Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said during the Laging Handa public briefing on Monday (May 3).

Malaya added that so far, they have already assessed the applications of more than 2,000 out of over 10,000 applicants for the job.

“Doon sa 5,754 na ide-deploy natin sa NCR ay 2,696 na po ang na-assess natin, at more than 10,000 po ang nag-apply,” he noted.

The contact tracers may renew their contract after three months if they wish to continue with the job.

The official added that the salary of the newly hired contact tracers will be funded by the Department of Labor and Employment’s Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged / Displaced Workers (DOLE-TUPAD).

The program has allotted around P280 million for the three months’ salary of 5,754 contract tracers at P537/day which is the minimum wage rate at the National Capital Region under its TUPAD program.

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