DILG tasks PNP, LGUs to enforce law vs. firecracker

admin   •   December 20, 2018   •   1736

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 tells youth to be wary of so-called Students’ Youth Camp

Robie de Guzman   •   November 14, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Thursday called on the youth to “think twice and be more discerning” before joining events organized by an alliance of student councils in line with the observance of the National Students’ Day this month.

In a statement, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año identified among these events the 1st National Students’ Youth Camp set to be held on Nov. 16 to 17 and a series of activities from Nov. 11 to 21 in several campuses of the University of the Philippines.

He added that among the organizers of the youth camp are the UP Office of the Student Regent, NUSP, College Editors Guild of the Philippines, Student Christian Movement of the Philippines, and Kabataan Partylist.

According to Año, such events are not endorsed by the National Youth Commission (NYC), an attached agency of the DILG.

Under Republic Act 11369 or the National Students’ Day Act, it is the NYC that is tasked to lead the annual program of activities for the National Students Day with the support of the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

November 17 of every year has been declared by President Rodrigo Duterte as National Students’ Day.

“We just want to make it clear that the 1st National Students’ Youth Camp, as well as, the other activities organized by the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) and other allied groups are not government-endorsed. These are separate activities that are not sanctioned by the government and the NYC,” he said.

Año said he issued the statement following queries from parents about the NUSP-led activities being circulated on social media which encourage the attendance of students.

The DILG chief added that he also received reports that youth camps and other activities are being used by left-leaning organizations to “agitate, deceive, and recruit the youth into joining the communist movement.”

“While the intent of RA 11369 is to inculcate love of country and social responsibility among the youth, leftist groups are taking advantage and riding on the observance of the National Students’ Day to do the opposite and that is to fuel distrust in the government and duly constituted authorities and advance their communist agenda,” he said.

While the government recognizes the right of the camp organizers to conduct such activities, Año urged them to be wary of becoming instruments of communist front organizations for recruitment.

“Huwag kayong magpagamit. Use your talents and skills for worthwhile activities that will help in nation-building and not in those that will veer you away from the right path,” he says.

DILG hits Lagusnilad vandalism; wants sanctions vs vandals

Robie de Guzman   •   November 14, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Thursday slammed the youth group that vandalized the newly-refurbished walls of the Lagusnilad underpass in Manila, describing the act as deplorable.

“Nakakahiya ang ginawang pambababoy sa Lagusnilad pagkatapos itong linisin at ayusin ng Manila City Government,” DILG spokesperson, Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said in a statement.

He said that vandalism is a form of malicious mischief under Article 327 of the Revised Penal Code.

Malaya also pointed out that there are many ways to express views on social concerns that do not include dirtying up public places or properties.

“While we respect the rights of these organizations to express their views and opinion, that right is not absolute. Ang karapatan ay may hangganan at kaakibat na responsibilidad. ‘Di na nga kayo nakatulong, ‘wag na sanang mamerwisyo pa ng iba,” he said.

“With the advent of social media, vandalisms like this have directed attention to the obnoxiousness of their method rather than the meaning of their message,” he added.

Cultural group Panday Sining has apologized for spray painting protest statements on the walls of Lagusnilad underpass.

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, who was irked by the group’s action, earlier issued a stern warning against those who will be caught vandalizing the wall.

“Change cannot be realized by the government alone. Tulad na lang ng bandalismo. Hindi biro ang pagpapapintura at pagsasaayos ng mga public walls and properties. Samantalang sa ilang segundo lamang ay napakadali ang pagsira nito ng mga nagbabandalismo. Sayang ang pondong puwede sanang ilaan sa iba pang proyektong makapagpapabuti sa buhay ng nakakarami,” Malaya lamented.

Instead of doing vandalisms, he urged groups to get involved in barangay clean-up, anti-smoking campaigns, and other worthwhile activities.

The DILG official also urged local government units (LGU) to revisit and ensure the strict implementation of respective ordinances against vandalism.

“LGUs should, therefore, see to it that they strictly enforce their laws on vandalism so that vandals will face the consequences of their actions,” he said, adding that LGUs should make use of their closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras to identify and catch vandals.

The department also called on the Philippine National Police (PNP) to apprehend those found violating laws and ordinances.

DILG tells PNP to fast track probe on ambush of Lanao del Sur mayor

Robie de Guzman   •   November 13, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Wednesday directed the Philippine National Police (PNP) to speed up its investigation into the ambush of Masiu, Lanao del Sur Mayor Nasser Pangandaman Jr.

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said the PNP, in coordination with its military counterparts, should exert all efforts to ensure the immediate arrest of the suspects behind the ambush.

“The DILG condemns this atrocity which is a huge affront to the efforts of the government through our law enforcement groups to ensure peace and order in our communities. The PNP, in coordination with its military counterparts, should exert all efforts to arrest the suspects of this dastardly act,” Año said in a statement.

Pangandaman and his convoy were ambushed by unidentified men on Sunday, Nov. 10, while on their way to a council meeting.

The mayor survived the attack but his police escort, Corporal Jabbar Pangandaman was killed while two others were injured.

Following the incident, Año called for intensified security measures from police and the military such as regular foot and mobile patrols and setting up checkpoints.

The DILG chief also said that a manhunt operation has been launched against the suspects.

Investigators are also looking into possible motives behind the ambush, including “rido” or feud between warring clans in Lanao del Sur.

“The PNP is exploring several leads and interviewing witnesses so that we can easily track down the suspects behind this ambush. We assure the Pangandaman family that all hands are on this case,” Año said.

The DILG chief has expressed his condolences to the family of Corporal Pangandaman, and assured them of the government’s assistance.

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