DILG wants firearms for firefighters issued this year
Robie de Guzman • February 13, 2020 • 687
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is looking to arm 29,286 firefighters of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) this year in line with the government’s drive against illegal drugs, criminality, terrorism and violent extremism.
“Maintaining law and order is not an easy task. Despite the decreasing crime rate in the country, having the BFP’s firefighters in our peace and order campaign is a boost and welcome addition in ensuring a safe and secure country,” DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said in a statement issued Wednesday.
The DILG chief said firemen will be armed with 9MM pistols to strengthen the government’s law enforcement campaign, and also for self-defense purposes as fire victims, out of frustration, sometimes gang up on fire personnel during firefighting operations.
“May mga pagkakataon na sa kagustuhan ng mga tao na unahing isalba ang kanilang nasusunog na bahay, kinukuyog nila ang mga bombero at nagkakagulo. Nais din naman nating protektahan at sundin ng mga tao ang ating mga bombero habang ginagawa nila ang kanilang trabaho,” he added.
Año believes the move is “timely and critical,” and in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive of engaging BFP’s help to maintain law and order and not to limit their roles to firefighting.
He also said that the BFP, along with the Philippine National Police and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, is permitted by law to assist government troops in times of national emergency if ordered by the president under the Republic Act 6975.
“The BFP also does law enforcement functions because they enforce the Fire Code so they already have some experience in this regard. The BFP can help ensure public safety, as a support to the PNP and AFP but of course, their primary responsibility is still preventing and suppressing fire and enforcement of the Fire Code,” he said.
Año revealed that the BFP has already requested funds from the Department of Budget and Management for the procurement of the firearms.
He also assured that firemen would undergo marksmanship and gun safety training before they will be issued their firearms.
“Hindi rin naman natin basta-basta aarmasan sila ng walang tamang training,” he said.
For his part, newly-appointed BFP Director Jose Segundo Embang said he welcomes the move to arm BFP personnel, adding that this is a necessary upgrade in terms of responsibilities and skills “to cope with the demands of the times.”
“Hindi na ito yong conditional firefighters na nakikita natin before. Ito na iyong mga modern heroes, kung makikita ninyo sa mga disasters. Hindi lang sa mga natural disasters but even during man-made disasters, kasi sila talaga ang first responders, sila ang cornerstone of emergency preparedness and response,” Embang said.
“Ngayon ay makakasama na kami sa pagpapanatili ng public safety,” he added.
MANILA, Philippines – Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año is set to submit to President Rodrigo Duterte his shortlist of candidates to be the next chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP).
In an exclusive interview with UNTV News, Año said his list would consist of five names – three of them are three-star generals and are members of the PNP command group. The remaining two would be two-star and one-star generals but he has yet to pick the names of those he will recommend to the president.
“Sa ngayon, pare-parehas sila eh. Pero for sure, yung mga 3-star [generals] kasama yan sa ire-recommend ko. Pag-aaralan ko pa yung mga 2-star at 1-star na pwede isama sa listahan but I will submit five names,” he said.
Año said he will submit the list at least a week before the mandatory retirement of PNP chief General Archie Gamboa.
Gamboa will bow out of the police service when he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 56 on September 3.
“Normally, mga two weeks to one week before magsusubmit na ulit ako ng pangalan sa Pangulong Duterte kung sino mga ire-recommend ko, pero ibig sabihin naman nun, ang Pangulong Duterte pwedeng pumili anybody from one-star to three-star,” the DILG chief said.
Whoever will be chosen from the five would inherit a PNP that is among the country’s frontliners in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
All generals in the police force are eligible to be promoted to the police’s top post. The president may also choose a general outside the shortlist given by Año to be his next police chief.
When asked about the possible extension of Gamboa’s term as PNP chief amid the public health crisis, Año replied with: “Palagay ko naman wala na siguro kasi bawal naman ang extension kasi, so we have to follow the law,” he said. “Ang organization naman kasi dynamic, naka-lay out naman dyan ang direction plans kahit naman sino umupo diyan, itutuloy nya lang yung programs.”
Among the three-star generals and members of command group of the PNP are deputy chief for administration Lieutenant General Camilo Cascolan, deputy chief for operations Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar, and chief directorial staff Lieutenant General Cesar Hawthorne Binag.
Cascolan belongs to the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Sinagtala Class of 1986, while both Eleazar and Binay belong to PMA Hinirang Class of 1987.
Cascolan will retire in November 2020, Eleazar in November 2021, and Binag in April 2021.
Meanwhile, among the two-star and one-star generals whose names might get picked on for the top police post are directorate for operations director Major General Emmanuel Licup, National Capital Region Police Office director Major General Debold Sinas, and Police Regional Office 4A director Brigadier General Vicente Danao Jr.
Both Licup and Sinas belong to the PMA Hinirang class of 1987 while Danao belongs to the PMA Sambisig Class of 1991. – RRD (from the report of Correspondent Lea Ylagan)
MANILA, Philippines – Posibleng makumpleto ngayong linggo ang pamamahagi ng ikalawang bugso ng emergency subsidy ng pamahalaan sa ilalim ng Social Amelioration Program (SAP), ayon sa Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
Batay sa datos ng Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), aabot na sa P69.2 bilyong pondo ang naipamahaging para sa 9,771,490 benepisyaryo ng program.
Ayon sa DILG, target ng kagawaran na mabigyan ng ayuda ang nasa halos 12 milyong pamilya bago o pagdating ng Agosto 15.
“Kahapon nag-commit ang DSWD na ibibigay yan sa loob ng linggong ito sa lahat ng benepisyaryo so timing na timing kasi pag sinasabing MECQ hindi makapagrababaho ang tao nandyan ang national para ibigay yung second tranche,” ani DILG spokesperson at Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya.
Ang mga hindi nakatanggap sa unang bugso ng ayuda o ang mga tinatawag na ‘waitlisted’ ay P16,000 ang makukuha.
Kasama rin sa programa ang mga tsuper ng jeep na ilang buwan na ring hindi nakakapamasada dahil sa ipinatutupad na community quarantine sa gitna ng COVID-19 pandemic.
Digital ang pamamahagi ng ayuda sa pamamagitan ng automated teller machine (ATM) card o kaya ay GCash na isang mobile wallet platform na ginagamit sa bansa.
Naniniwala si Malaya na malaking tulong ito sa mga pamilya na mawawalan ng kita dahil sa muling pagsailalim sa modified enhanced community quarantine ng Metro Manila at mga karatig-lugar.
Kaugnay nito, nagbabala naman ang DILG sa publiko na mag-ingat sa naglipana umanong text scam na ginagamit ang SAP.
“Hanggang sa umagang ito, may naloloko sa text dahil sa scam ng social amelioration program. Kami ay nanawagan as taongbayan na pagka nakatanggap kayo ng text at sinasabing taga-DSWD na nag-text sa inyo at kailangang ibigay niyo ang pin huwag na huwag niyong ibibigay ang pin,” ani Malaya. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Dante Amento)
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Tuesday blasted the head of the Quezon City Task Force Disiplina for supposedly making a “shoot to kill” threat against violators of quarantine protocols in the city.
In a statement, DILG Spokesperson and Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said the remark allegedly made by Rannie Ludovica was “improper and illegal” as he advised him to refrain from issuing similar statements in the future.
“While we strongly believe that discipline is one of the preventive measures to stop the transmission of the coronavirus, this must be enforced within the bounds of the law and the DILG will not tolerate any possible abuse of authority on the part of law enforcement agencies or enforcement units of local government units,” Malaya said.
“The penalties to be imposed by local government units against quarantine violators must be within the bounds of their respective ordinances,” he added.
The DILG official also said that the Quezon City government has disowned the alleged FB post of Ludovica, saying that “it should not be taken literally, if true, and that it was merely an expression of frustration over the growing number of violations in Quezon City.
“Nonetheless, LGU department heads must be circumspect in their social media posts since this may be mistaken by their constituents as official LGU policy,” Malaya said.
In a separate statement posted on his social media account, Ludovica said his post was personal and that the city government has no shoot to kill policy against quarantine violators.
“Nagmula ang nasabing personal na Facebook post ng inyong lingkod sa aking pagkadismaya sa pagbalik natin mula sa GCQ to MECQ. Patuloy na tumataas ang bilang ng COVID-19 sa lungsod at buong bansa dahil sa kawalan ng disiplina ng karamihan sa ating mga mamamayan at paglabag nila sa batas,” he said.
He also called on the public to strictly follow health protocols to help curb the transmission of the virus.
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