DILG reminds LGUs: Validation of road clearing ops to start Feb. 16

Robie de Guzman   •   February 15, 2021   •   639

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has reminded local government units that the validation of their road clearing operations will start on Tuesday, February 16 following its deadline on Monday.

The DILG said that for LGUs under general community quarantine (GCQ) with a required partial implementation of road clearing, validation teams will select three to 10 local roads within the LGU and assess whether road obstructions exist along or within the entirety of the selected roads.

The schedule of the assessment will be determined solely by the validation teams.

LGUs under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) will be validated according to their full implementation of road clearing operations.

The seven components include the removal of road obstructions, enactment of an enabling ordinance, the conduct of an inventory of road obstructions, crafting and implementation of a displacement plan, rehabilitation of cleared roads, creation of a grievance mechanism, and compliance with the ban on tricycles along national roads.

“The LGUs’ compliance with the ban of tricycles on national highways shall also be checked,” the department added.

The DILG has enjoined LGUs to submit as attachments to the reports, photographs, videos, presentations, reports, and other means of verifications (MOVs) that support their compliance.

DILG officer-in-charge, Undersecretary Bernardo Florece, Jr. said the validation period is until March 2 for all provinces, cities and municipalities.

All DILG regional offices, on the other hand, have until March 9 to submit their respective compliance data and forms as well as attachments to the DILG Central Office – Bureau of Local Government Supervision (BLGS).

The department, through the BLGS, will ensure that all LGUs will adhere to the principles of road clearing, even beyond the validation period making it a whole-year-round program.

Florece assured that the DILG will be fair in the road-clearing validation but will point out the deficiencies so that this can be immediately acted upon by concerned LGUs.

“One of the strategies that we will adopt is that once a road is cleared by the LGU, a contract is drawn up and signed by the barangay captain who then is now responsible for maintaining the cleared roads,” he said in a statement.

“There will also be an exit conference with the mayor so that he is advised of the results of the validation,” he added.

Florece also reminded LGUs to place no-parking signs and other visual cues in cleared roads to discourage people from parking or placing obstructions on roads again.

The DILG official acknowledged that with the expected arrival of the COVID-19 vaccines, LGUs may have their hands full but he nonetheless challenges them to comply with the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte to clear public roads. 

“Nais po nating makita ang tagumpay ng road clearing operations sa buong bansa ngunit ayaw rin nating maantala ang rollout ng vaccine kaya’t dapat galingan ng ating mga mayor,” he said.

Meanwhile, DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya urged LGUs to include the promotion of road discipline and education in line with the conduct of their road clearing operations.

“Hindi po dapat nagtatapos ang ating trabaho sa road clearing operations. Sa panahong ang mga kalsada sa buong bansa ay naibalik na sa publiko, responsibilidad din po nating panatiliin itong ligtas,” he said.

“Disiplina sa kalsada ang ambag ng bawat isa para sa maayos na daloy ng trapiko. Ang maayos na transportasyon ay may malaking epekto sa ekonomiya ng bawat LGU at ng buong bansa,” he added.

Malaya stressed the road clearing and safety operation is a year-round activity that requires sustained effort and implementation.

DILG tells PNP to provide security for media members during 2022 polls

Robie de Guzman   •   January 13, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has directed the Philippine National Police (PNP) to provide security for members of the media who may face threats or intimidation during the course of the 2022 elections.

In a statement, the DILG said the PNP should designate media security focal persons in each province and city nationwide to provide a mantle of protection for media workers.

DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said Secretary Eduardo Año has issued a memorandum to PNP chief Police General Dionardo Carlos regarding the matter.

This was in response to the request of Presidential Task Force of Media Security (PTFoMS) Executive Director Joel Sy Egco in anticipation of a possible increase in violent incidents involving media personnel during the election season.

“We are one with the PTFoMS in providing security and other protective measures for media workers. They deserve to be shielded from every form of harm that they might be exposed to in the line of duty particularly during elections,” Año said.

“The 4th Estate is an integral part of our democracy and government’s partner for a more peaceful, honest and orderly polls,” he added.

Based on the memorandum, the PNP is directed to designate a focal person for media security, who will be the first to receive information and respond to any threats leveled against a media worker.

The focal person shall also directly coordinate with assigned Special Agents of the PTFoMS and assist the Task Force in expediting the resolution of cases of violence against journalists.

Malaya said the DILG shares the concern of the PTFoMS on the welfare of media workers who face the threat of violence, especially during the election season.

He recalled the gruesome Maguindanao massacre in November 2009 that claimed the lives of 58 people, including 32 members of the media who were covering the filing of candidacy of a local politician.

“The infamous massacre in Ampatuan, Maguindanao in November 2009 is a constant reminder that media workers are mostly vulnerable a few months before, during and a few months after every elections,” Malaya said.

Mga barangay, pinagsusumite ng listahan ng mga residenteng bakunado at ‘di bakunado vs COVID-19 – DILG

Robie de Guzman   •   January 12, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – Inatasan ng Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) ang mga barangay na magsumite ng listahan ng mga residente na bakunado na at hindi pa bakunado laban sa COVID-19.

Sa isang panayam, sinabi ni DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya na ang kautusan ay inilabas ni Secretary Eduardo Año sa layuning magkaroon ng imbentaryo ng mga barangay ng mga nabakunahan na at hindi pa bakunado sa gitna na rin ng tumataas na namang coronavirus infections.

Ito aniya ay kaugnay na rin ng direktiba ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte na higpitan ang paglabas ng mga hindi pa bakunado para maprotektahan sila laban sa coronavirus disease.

“Para po masigurado natin ang datos natin ng mga unvaccinated, nagpalabas po si Sec. Año ng memorandum circular para po magsagawa ng imbentaryo ang lahat ng mga barangay sa buong bansa para malaman ‘yung mga ‘di pa nagpapabakuna sa mga barangay in line of the pronouncement of the president,” ani Malaya.

Oras aniya na maihanda ang imbentaryo ay maaari nang simulan ang pagpapatupad ng restrictions sa galaw ng mga hindi pa bakunado, alinsunod sa ordinansa ng mga lokal na pamahalaan.

Sa Metro Manila, tatlong lungsod na lang ang hindi pa nakapagpapasa ng ordinansa na nagtatakda ng restrictions sa mga unvaccinated partikular na ang Pasig, Navotas at Makati.

“I would expect in the next few days ay lahat, all 17 LGUs in Metro Manila will have their own ordinance enforcing the president’s directive,” ani Malaya.

Inaasahan rin ng DILG na magpapasa ng kaparehong ordinansa ang mga lalawigan dahil naglabas na ng resolusyon ang League of the Provinces of the Philippines na humihikayat sa mga miyembro na gawin ito.

Obligado aniya ang mga barangay na masumite ng inventory ng mga ‘di pa bakunado kada buwan. (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

DILG orders BJMP to probe Caloocan City jail riot

Robie de Guzman   •   January 12, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government has ordered the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) to conduct a high-level investigation into the riot that occurred inside the Caloocan City Jail that led to the death of six persons deprived of liberty (PDL) and injuries to 33 others.

In a statement, DILG undersecretary and spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said  Secretary Eduardo Año has directed BJMP Chief J/Dir. Allan Iral to form a special investigating team from BJMP National Headquarters to determine the causes and those responsible for the incident.

The investigating team should also determine if there were any violations of standard operating procedures, and recommend interventions to ensure that the incident does not happen again, he added.

“The DILG extends our sincerest condolences to the families of those who perished in this tragic incident. We assure the families of the PDLs and the public that we will pursue a thorough investigation as to why and how this incident happened,” he said.

Malaya said the BJMP National Headquarters has already deployed additional personnel to lessen the tension inside the jail, as well as hold a dialogue with the two warring groups that figured in the riot.

The facility remains under heightened alert status and PDL activities have been temporarily suspended. The movement of all PDLs has also been restricted and their cells have been padlocked.

“The BJMP has already done Operation Greyhound inside the city jail to flush out hidden improvised weapons and other contrabands,” Malaya said.

The testimonies of the jail officers on duty, as well as other witnesses together with the CCTV footage, will also be gathered to get to the bottom of the incident, he added.

In the meantime, the DILG is appealing to the Caloocan City Government to fast-track the donation of a land for a new city jail.

“The current jail is congested and overcapacity. We need to transfer to newer and better facilities for the benefit of our PDLs. We appeal to the Caloocan LGU to fast track the donation of the lot intended for the new Caloocan City Jail,” the department said.

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