DILG, UP to meet on 1992 deal this week – Malaya

Robie de Guzman   •   February 3, 2021   •   272

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is set to conduct a dialogue with officials of the University of the Philippines (UP) this week to review their 1992 agreement, which requires police to coordinate with the school’s administration before entering UP campuses, the agency’s spokesperson said.

DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya issued the statement on Tuesday to refute reports that the department will unilaterally abrogate the agreement without consulting UP officials.

“Contrary to a report that came out in a broadsheet, the DILG wants to hold a dialogue with UP officials to revisit the 1992 agreement. For the record, what we said was that there is a need to review the 1992 agreement requiring the PNP to notify UP authorities before entering its campuses,” Malaya said.

He said they called for a meeting in response to the request of UP officials for a dialogue to address the concerns of the department in the spirit of justice, mutual trust, and the pursuit of excellence.

The UP-DILG Joint Monitoring Team has not met for years now contrary to Section 7 of the agreement which tasks the team to meet at least twice a year or as often as necessary.

“The 1992 agreement, in fact, calls for regular meetings between the 2 parties to discuss the implementation of the accord,” he said.

“This meeting therefore is in keeping with agreement and is for the purpose of determining if the agreement is still relevant and serves to uphold public order and safety within UP campuses,” he added.

Malaya also said that the dialogue is in keeping with the spirit of Senate Resolution 616 which urges a dialogue to promote peace and security in UP campuses.

The meeting will assess the level of security in UP considering the proliferation of residential units, business establishments, and informal settler families within UP campuses, especially in UP Diliman.

“The non-academic areas in UP have increased through the years and crime has been increasing, thus we need to discuss ways on how we can maintain peace and order in those areas,” he said.

Malaya said portions of the UP campuses which have been leased out to private developers such as UP Technohub and UP Town Center which are now open to the public as well as the entry of thousands of informal settlers inside UP property pose a problem for law enforcement because of the influx of non-UP faculty, students, and residents.

“With the growth of the population within each campus, the current capability of the university’s police and firefighting forces must be assessed. Kaya pa ba nilang panindigan ang responsibilidad na pangalagaan ang seguridad at kaayusan sa loob ng campus?” he said.

“Upon the request of UP, we are open to a meeting. Kailangan na talaga nating umupo at mag-usap dahil sa dami ng mga pagbabago, pangyayari at problema sa UP. The bottomline is, and will always be, to ensure peace and security in the students and faculty of UP,” he added.

The DILG Spokesperson said they also intend to raise the matter of “continued clandestine recruitment” by the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its front organizations of UP students, which was the reason cited by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana when the UP-DND agreement was abrogated last month.

The 1992 UP-DILG agreement was signed by then UP President Jose Abueva and then DILG Secretary Rafael Alunan III after the enactment of Republic Act No. 6975 which effectively transferred the country’s police force from the DND to the DILG.

Since the police were transferred from the DND to the DILG in 1991, both parties signed the UP-DILG Agreement in 1992 with essentially the same contents as the 1989 UP-DND agreement.

Under both agreements, prior notification shall be given by a commander of an Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) or PNP unit intending to conduct any military or police operations in any of the UP campuses.

They shall not also be allowed to enter the premises of the campuses without coordination with UP administration except in hot pursuit cases and similar occasions of emergency, or in ordinary transit through UP premises.

PNP should not interfere with community pantry, DILG’s Año says

Robie de Guzman   •   April 20, 2021

 

Community pantry

MANILA, Philippines – Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año on Tuesday said that police and local government executives should not interfere with community pantries and other similar initiatives organized by private groups.

Año issued the statement following reports that some of the community pantry organizers were being red-tagged and profiled by alleged government authorities.

The DILG chief said police and local government interference should only be limited to ensuring that health protocols are being implemented.

“Since this is a purely voluntary and private initiative, we should not interfere except to ensure that minimum health standards are complied with,” Año said.

“Hence, organizers must adhere to existing laws and local ordinances especially those issued to prevent the spread of Covid-19,” he added.

Año also clarified that he did not order the Philippine National Police (PNP) to look into the community pantries around the country.

“The community pantry has been a traditional practice in our country as part of Bayanihan culture and spirit specially in the times of calamities and disasters,” he said.

“In the spirit of Bayanihan, many Filipinos have been doing selfless acts of kindness since last year.

As long as the intention is good and without political color, it should be encouraged and supported,” he added.

As to the issue of whether organizers are required to secure barangay permits, the DILG chief said that organizers should “consult with the concerned barangays if such is required.”

“The PNP and/or local officials may just come in if there is any violation of law, if there are complaints from the community, or if the organizers seek their help,” he said.

“The LGUs, barangays and the PNP are ready to provide utmost assistance to ensure orderly distribution to the public,” he added.

DILG Sec. Año returns to work after more than 3 months in hospital

Marje Pelayo   •   April 16, 2021

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año

 

MANILA, Philippines – Secretary Eduardo Año of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is returning to work on Friday (April 16) after more than three months of hospital care.

In a statement, Interior Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said the DILG chief already received clearance from his doctors, though it will be on a work-from-home setup until he is fully recovered.

“After more than three months of grueling struggle, including a heart operation, the Secretary is well, in high spirits, and ready to reassume his duties in the Department as well as in the National Task Force COVID-19 and in the IATF-EID,” Malaya said.

“He will start by first working from home and eventually to full normal routine,” he noted.

Malaya expressed gratitude to the public for respecting the DILG Chief’s privacy in the past few months and “for giving him the time to rest, recuperate, and fully recover.’

Aplikasyon para sa higit 4,000 dagdag contact tracers sa Metro Manila, bubuksan sa Abril 16 — DILG

Robie de Guzman   •   April 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Sisimulan na sa Biyernes ang pagtanggap ng aplikasyon para sa mga nais magtrabaho bilang contact tracer upang mapaigting ang tracing efforts ng pamahalaan kontra COVID-19.

Ayon sa Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), kabuuang 4,574 na dagdag contact tracers ang balak kunin ng pamahalaan para sa Metro Manila, na itinuturing na epicenter ng COVID-19 sa bansa.

“Simula po bukas, open na yung ating hiring, at ito ay magtatapos hanggang April 22,” ang pahayag ni DILG Undersecretary Bernardo Florece sa isang press briefing ngayong Huwebes.

Aniya, P537 kada araw ang sweldo ng isang contact tracer at tatagal ng tatlong buwan ang kanilang kontrata.

Kabilang sa mga kuwalipikasyon ay high school graduate at prayoridad na kunin ang mga nasa informal working sector na nawalan ng trabaho dahil sa pandemya.

Para sa mga interesadong mag-apply, magsumite ng letter of application, barangay certification, medical certificate at iba pang kinakailangang mga dokumento sa pamamagitan ng electronic mail (e-mail) sa Office of the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) ng mga lokal na pamahalaan.

Ayon sa DILG, sa Mayo 1 target na mai-deploy ang mga bagong contact tracer pagkatapos sumailalim sa training. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

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