DILG relaunches CORE campaign

Maris Federez   •   October 9, 2019   •   129

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has relaunched its new campaign pushing for amendments to the Constitution in line with President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s call to address society’s ills like corruption, unemployment, and regional income inequality.

In a media release dated October 8, 2019, DILG Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF)on Federalism and Constitutional Reform chaired by DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año has approved the “equality provisions” for submission to the House of Representatives and the Senate in its 3rd Regular Plenary Meeting held early this month.

“So, while there is yet no consensus on the federal constitution, the IATF is proposing these amendments to Congress as requested by Chairman Rufus Rodriguez,” he said.

Malaya also said that they will be launching this month a new national advocacy campaign for “equality provision” amendments under the banner of CORE (Constitutional Reform).

Among the CORE amendments that IATF is proposing is to enshrine in the Charter the Mandanas decision of the Supreme Court where the high court ruled that the source of the Internal Revenue Allotment of LGUs should be all national taxes not only those collected by the Bureau of Internal Revenue thereby increasing the funds to be given to all regions of the country.

“This new formula includes the needs of the LGU, level of own-revenue collection, and organizational capacity of the LGU,” he added.

The IATF is also proposing to transform the Regional Development Council (RDC) which is a purely recommendatory body into a Regional Development Authority (RDA) with powers and funds to implement projects and programs in the regional level.

“Once the RDA is established, the said body may implement programs and projects at the regional level without the need of approval from Manila,” he explained.

Malaya said the DILG’s new CORE campaign is in line with the Presidential declaration that Congress should still work on amending key provisions that will enshrine economic and political reforms that address legal and political roadblocks to removing endemic corruption in government and the huge gap in the economies of the regions.

“We believe that Congress recognizes the dire need for these reforms in our Constitution so that we can realize the economic and political equality that many Filipinos desire,” the DILG official stressed.

“We should always remember that it [Constitution] should be a living constitution that adjusts to the times,” he further said.

He said the DILG will barnstorm the country starting this month to explain and gain public support for the proposed CORE amendments.

Road clearing program to continue; another validation set in December – DILG

Robie de Guzman   •   October 14, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The national road clearing program will continue and the efforts of local government units will be validated quarterly starting this December, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said on Sunday.

In a statement, DILG Undersecretary and spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said the road clearing effort was made into a continuous program after President Rodrigo Duterte expressed satisfaction over the result of the LGUs 60-day road clearing.

“The President congratulated the DILG and all LGUs who actively participated in the road clearing operations and directed Secretary (Eduardo) Año to continue with the program until the end of his term,” he said

The DILG said that based on their assessment, a total of 1,148 LGUs nationwide passed the validation while 97 were issued show-cause orders for getting failing marks.

The department said that validation reports from 1,246 LGUs showed that 6,899 roads all over the country were cleared of all types of obstruction with 328 local government units getting high compliance rating, 497 got medium compliance rating while 323 got low compliance rating.

Malaya said the challenge now to local government units is to sustain the gains they achieved all year-round and for those in the medium and low compliance category to improve on their performance.

“So, our advice to all LGUs is not to let their guard down, maintain and sustain what they have accomplished, continue with their road clearing operations, otherwise they will join the 97 LGUs that have been issued show-cause orders by Secretary Año,” he said.

Aside from road clearing, Malaya said they have also been working with other public and private agencies to help decongest traffic, especially during road accidents.

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97 LGUs failed to comply with Duterte’s road clearing order — DILG

Marje Pelayo   •   October 11, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is satisfied with the road clearing operations that local government units (LGUs) had accomplished across the country.

However, 97 LGUs failed the standards set by the department in order to comply with the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte to clear all public roads of obstructions as they were turned into private parking spaces.

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said that overall, LGUs were able to accomplished 80 percent of the requirements with 1,148 municipalities and cities rated as compliant; 97 were rated as non-complaint and 388 others still under assessment.

Specifically, 328 LGUs were given a ‘high compliance’ rating for achieving 91% to 100% of the target; 497 were given ‘medium compliance’ rating for achieving 81% to 90% of the target; while 323 were graded ‘low compliance’ for achieving only 80% or even lower than the target.

Those who failed will be required to explain or justify their operations.

From their explanation, the DILG would determine whether or not they should be sanctioned which could lead to the dismissal of the local officials in charge.

“[That’s what we call] their best (or) their good was not enough,” Año noted.

Among the LGUs who passed the DILG standards were Metro Manila, but several major cities like Pasig City, Quezon City and Muntinlupa only received ‘medium’ compliance.

Taguig City was given low-compliance rating but the DILG said it was still up for review and validation.

Almost 7,000 roads were cleared across the country by the road clearing project of the government, 61 of which were all from Metro Manila.

“Huwag natin gawin ningas-kugon ang kampanyang ito,” Año said.

The official said they will send show-cause order first to 80 low-compliant barangays that are located in Metro Manila. – MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

Metro Manila LGUs Compliance Rating (Source: DILG)

High Compliance

  • Manila
  • Marikina
  • San Juan
  • Mandaluyong
  • Caloocan
  • Malabon
  • Las Piñas
  • Pateros
  • Parañaque
  • Navotas
  • Pasay
  • Valenzuela
  • Makati

Medium Compliance

  • Quezon City
  • Pasig
  • Muntinlupa

Low Compliance

  • Taguig

DSWD, DILG to clean up 4Ps beneficiary list

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 10, 2019

A Filipino family ride on a makeshift trolley along a street in Manila, Philippines, 05 December 2018.  EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will begin their clean up of the list of beneficiaries under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

The two departments seek to narrow down legitimate and qualified 4Ps beneficiaries following the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Listahanan 3.

According to DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año, there had been reports of unqualified 4Ps beneficiaries.

Marami ng mga report na nagsasabi na may mga pamilya na hindi naman mahihirap ang nabibigyan ng tulong mula sa 4Ps, at ito ang nais nating iwasan sa pamamagitan ng Listahanan ng DSWD (There are reports saying there are families that receive beneficiaries from 4Ps but are not really poor. This is what we are trying to avoid through the DSWD’s Listahan),” he said.

Año added that through the Listahan 3, there will be a guarantee that no non-poor families will benefit from the programs of the government such as the 4Ps.

Meanwhile, DILG Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said the department will coordinate with local government units (LGU) in completing this database of poor families.

Mahalaga na marating ng mga surveyor mula sa DSWD ang mga mahihirap nating kababayan sa mga pamayanan upang masiguro na makakarating sa kanila ang tulong ng pamahalaan (It is important for DSWD surveyors to reach poor families in communities to ensure they can receive aid from the government),” Malaya said.—AAC

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