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DILG tasks PNP, LGUs to enforce law vs. firecracker

by admin   |   Posted on Thursday, December 20th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has tasked the Philippine National Police (PNP) and all local government units (LGUs) in the country to ensure that regulations on firecrackers are being strictly enforced this holiday season.

DILG’s directive aims to prevent any accidents caused by firecrackers.

The department targets to lower down firecracker-related injuries this year.

Under the Republic Act No. 7183, the PNP determines the type of illegal firecrackers and sets the regulation to prevent its use.

Local chief executives, meanwhile, may construct regulation against firecrackers in their respective areas.

Meanwhile, under the Executive No. 28 of President Rodrigo Duterte, firecrackers may be use in community fireworks display only under the supervision of a trained personnel accredited by the PNP.

“Upang maiwasan ang anumang sakuna o sunog na dulot ng paputok, kailangang ipatupad ng mga LGUs ang kautusan laban sa paggamit ng paputok,” said DILG Sec. Eduardo Año. — UNTV News & Rescue

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DILG pushes for random drug testing for newly elected government officials

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Thursday, July 18th, 2019

Urine drug screening of drug surrenders and local officers in Poblacion,Malita Davao (February 22, 2017) | Courtesy: Cerilo Ebrano / PVI

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will push for random drug testing of newly elected government officials.

According to DILG Secretary Eduardo Año the random drug test will be conducted regularly to ensure that government officials are following the law.

“Para hindi masayang iyong ibinoto ng mga tao natin, (this is so that our votes are not wasted),” he said.

Based on the data of the DILG, there are over 17,000 newly elected officials during the last May elections.

Among the 17,000, there are 37 of them included in the narcolist. The 27 re-elected will have their deputation for police power revoked and their Ombudsman cases will also push through.

“Iyong mga barangay captains titingnan din namin iyong nasa listahan din. Ito wala namang police deputation pero sasampahan namin ng administrative cases and eventually criminal cases, (We will also look into the barangay captains included in the list. They have no police deputation but we will file administrative cases and eventually criminal cases)” Año said.—AAC (with reports from Marisol Montaño)

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

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

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.

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DILG chief commends new Metro Manila mayors for good performance

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

(L-R) Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto, Makati Mayor Abby Binay and Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko” Moreno Domagoso

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año has commended Metro Manila mayors for their good performance in their first 100 days.

Año has lauded Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko” Moreno Domagoso for his political will in solving several problems in Manila. This includes the clean-up in Divisoria and waste-management program.

“I’m pleased that in the first weeks of his administration, Mayor Isko has already shown that the challenges of the city are not insurmountable and can be addressed with political will and commitment,” he said.

Año also lauds Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto and Makati Mayor Abby Binay for their good performance. He assured to support these young leaders.

“Our young leaders can count on our support to implement their good governance agenda. That is why the DILG is here. We are not only your supervisors, we are also your partners and mentors, your guidance counselors and your cheerleaders. Your success is our success as well,” he said.—AAC

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