DILG targets to distribute second tranche of SAP by end of May

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 12, 2020   •   1872

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said they will begin the distribution of the second tranche of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) before the end of May.

According to DILG Spokesperson Usec. Jonathan Malaya, the second tranche will include the 4.9 million poor families that did not receive cash assistance from the first tranche of SAP fund.

Ang mga left out families naman ang isasama natin sa second tranche. So kapag natanggap na ng original beneficiaries ang kanilang cash assistance ay doon natin isasama ang mga nasa second tranche (We will include the families left out in the second tranche. So once the original beneficiaries receive the cash assistance, we will then include those in the second tranche), he said.

Malaya added that they are only waiting for the liquidation of the local government units (LGU) and the validation of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on the first tranche of the SAP fund.

Electronic payment will also be used to speed up the process of the SAP fund distribution.

Ibig sabihin, ang mga debit card at mga PayMaya ay pwede pong gamitin, (This means, debit cards and PayaMaya can now be used),” Malaya said.

Around 91% of SAP beneficiaries were able to receive cash aid in the first tranche before the May 10 deadline and 1,265 LGUs out of 1,623 have completed the distribution. — AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

LGU ordinance, kailangan sa pagpasok ng mga menor de edad sa mall – DILG

Robie de Guzman   •   December 1, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Hinimok ni Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año ang mga lokal na pamahalaan na maglabas ng ordinansa para payagan ang mga menor de edad sa loob ng mga mall sa general community quarantine (GCQ) areas.

Ginawa ni Año ang pahayag kasunod ng rekomendasyon na payagan nang lumabas ang mga menor de edad sa gitna ng novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Una nang sinabi ng DILG chief na maaaring pumasok sa loob ng mga mall sa GCQ areas ang mga menor de edad na 15 anyos pababa basta’t kasama ang kanilang mga magulang.

Ngunit kailangan aniya itong pagtibayan ng ordinansa, lalo na ng bawat lungsod sa Metro Manila.

“Ito po ay pagtitibayin sa mga ordinansa ng ating mga NCR (National Capital Regions) mayors sa lugar po ng GCQ (General Community Quarantine)” ang wika ni Año.

Paglilinaw naman ni Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez, limitado lamang ang aktibidad na maaaring gawin ng mga menor de edad sa loob ng mall gaya ng pagbili ng pagkain at iba pang mahahalagang bagay.

Ayon kay Lopez, ito ay bahagi ng mga hakbang ng pamahalaan upang muling pasiglahin ang ekonomiya na nalugmok sa gitna ng pandemya.

Samantala, sinabi naman ng Philippine National Police (PNP) na hihintayin nila ang ilalabas na ordinansa ng mga lokal na pamahalaan bago nila payagan ang mga menor de edad na makapasok sa loob ng mga mall.

“Kailangan pagtibayin yan ng isang ordinansa. Sa meeting namin ng JTF COVID Shield, pinaghandaan po namin itong recommendation ng mayors sa Metro Manila at kaugnayan din natin si NCRPO director para nga sa pagpapatupad nitong nirecommend nila na tinanggap naman ng IATF at inannounce na nga kagabi,” ang wika ni Lieutenant General Cesar Hawthorne Binag, ang commander ng Joint Task Force COVID Shield.

Hinimok rin ng pulisya ang mga magulang na kung maaari ay huwag nang dalhin sa mall ang mga bata hangga’t nananatili ang banta ng COVID-19.

“Nakikiusap kami na hangga’t kaya dahil wala pa po tayong vaccination e umiwas na lang po muna sana. This is to protect and prevent the disease from spreading further. Siguro kung medyo naturukan na tayo ng vaccine ay that’s the time na pwede na lumabas,” ang pahayag ni National Capital Region Police Office director Brigadier General Vicente Danao Jr.

Sinabi rin ni PNP chief General Debold Sinas na pauuwiin nila ang mga batang magtutungo sa mall habang wala pang inilalabas na ordinansa.

“Hindi namin hulihin at alamin muna ng pulis ang dahilan kung bakit nasa mall na sila at pauwiin natin sila,” ang wika ni Sinas. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

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DILG orders manhunt for Tiamzon couple

Robie de Guzman   •   December 1, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Tuesday said it has ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to intensify the manhunt for Benito Tiamzon and his wife, Wilma who are allegedly high ranking officials of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF).

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año issued the directive several days after the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 216 sentenced the Tiamzon couple to up to 40 years of imprisonment for kidnapping and serious illegal detention charges.

The Tiamzons were also ordered to pay damages and civil indemnity to the complainant amounting to P225,000.

The cases stemmed from the abduction of Army Lt. Abraham Claro Casis with three other soldiers in Candelaria, Quezon Province. The group was allegedly held captive by members of the New People’s Army for 75 days.

“I have instructed the PNP to intensify the manhunt for these communist terrorists so that they can serve the sentence imposed on them by the court,” Año said in a statement.

“The decision of the Regional Trial Court is a great victory for the Filipino people because of their crimes against humanity. As top leaders of the Communist Party and its armed wing, New People’s Army, they kidnapped, killed, and tortured so many people and burned so many equipment,” he added.

The DILG chief believes that the Tiamzons are still in the country based on intelligence reports.

“I exerted a lot of effort in capturing them in 2014. I was then chief of ISAFP (Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines) when they were arrested in March 2014. I spent almost half of my career looking for this couple,” Año said.

The Tiamzon couple was first arrested by government operatives in Barangay Zaragoza, Cebu City in March 2014 after many years of hiding.

But they were released from detention in 2016 to participate as consultants in the peace negotiations between the NDF and the government in Oslo, Norway.

They were ordered re-arrested in August 2018 after the peace talks were subsequently canceled. Both have since failed to appear in court.

“They cannot run and hide forever. Sooner or later, matitimbog din sila ulit at haharapin ang mga kasalanan nila sa ating bayan. I am confident that we will see them behind bars soon,” Año said.

According to the DILG, the couple is also facing multiple murder charges over the Inopacan Massacre where a mass grave was unearthed by soldiers in 2006. The said site was purportedly where suspected military informants within the Communist terrorist groups (CTG) were purged.

CPP founder Jose Maria ‘Joma’ Sison is also a co-accused in the case.

DILG hits Makabayan bloc over refusal to denounce CPP-NPA-NDFP

Robie de Guzman   •   November 26, 2020

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Thursday blasted the Makabayan bloc in the House of Representatives for its refusal to condemn the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) despite its alleged “horrendous crimes” against the people.

In a statement, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año expressed his dismay for the group’s “blind eye to the thousands of atrocities committed by the atheist communist-terrorist group.”

“If you cannot even condemn the perpetrators of these horrendous crimes against the people in your capacity as elected public officials, there is definitely something wrong,” Año said.

He also called the Makabayan bloc’s refusal to condemn and distance itself from the CPP and its allied organizations, the New People’s Army (NPA), and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) “a clear and indisputable betrayal of public trust” and an “insult” to the victims of the communist terrorism.

“As elected government officials receiving salary, emoluments, and benefits from the government, they are morally, ethically, and legally required to denounce the communist terrorists whose main objective is to overthrow the government that they are part of,” Año said.

In the recent Senate hearing on red-tagging, former Bayan Muna Partylist Representative and Bagong Alyansang Makabayan spokesperson Teddy Casiño refused to condemn the CPP-NPA-NDF and said they do not consider them as enemies.

Casiño and Zarate said declaring the communists as enemies would mean closing the door to “healthier engagements.”

Año said that the Makabayan bloc’s statements are “clear attempts to wash their hands of the blood of the thousands of victims of CPP-NPA-NDF atrocities through the years.”

“Nakakakilabot na tinatawag lamang nila ang walang habas na pagpatay ng mga inosenteng tao, mga pulis at sundalo bilang isang pamamaraan para kanilang tahasang maipahayag ang kanilang agenda,” Año said.

The DILG chief said the CPP-NPA-NDF is the biggest violator of human rights in the country.

Aside from killing soldiers, police and government officials, the party is also infamous for its internal purges which has killed some 3,000-7,000 lives including the Inopacan, Leyte massacre where 67 comrades were summarily executed upon orders of the CPP.

“As elected members of Congress, the so-called Makabayan Bloc are required under our Constitution and laws to denounce the CPP-NPA-NDF, why they refuse to do so reveals the truth about their organization and who actually controls them,” he added.

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