DILG warns public vs photocopying of social amelioration forms from DSWD

Robie de Guzman   •   April 17, 2020   •   1879

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Friday warned the public against unauthorized reproduction of the social amelioration card (SAC) forms for the government’s ‘Bayanihan’ cash subsidy for poor households heavily affected by the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis.

In a statement, DILG spokesperson and Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said the SAC forms cannot be photocopied or duplicated because these are pre-numbered and barcoded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

“Nais ng gobyerno na mabilis na maipaabot ang pinansyal na ayuda sa mga mahihirap sa gitna ng Covid-19 crisis pero binabalaan po ang publiko laban sa pekeng social amelioration forms,” Malaya said.

“Hindi ito for sale at lalong hindi for reproduction maging ng local government units (LGU) o sinumang indibiduwal o grupo,” he added.

Malaya said that those caught photocopying the SAC forms will be “prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Republic Act No. 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act mandates the provision of emergency subsidy to around 18 million low income households. The subsidy amounts to P5,000 to P8,000 depending on the minimum wage set in regions.

Based on the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte, the distribution of the assistance is under the full control and supervision of the DSWD which may seek the assistance of LGUs in the distribution of the subsidies together with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

“Kasabay ng pagpapabilis ng pamamahagi ng ayuda mula sa social amelioration program ay ang pagtitiyak na makakarating ito sa mahihirap at hindi sa bulsa ng mga tiwali’t mapagsamantala,” he said.

The DILG reiterated the DSWD’s message that the government aims to help low-income families affected by the crisis receive the social amelioration assistance but priority will be given to the poorest of the poor and those at risk of not earning income during this quarantine period.

The department also reiterated that LGUs shall not install or cause to install any form of signage crediting any local government official, or bearing his or her image, for the distribution of any of the social amelioration measures.

“Muli’t muli pong paaala na bawal ang epal. Ceasefire muna sa pamumilitika dahil ang kalaban ay ang Covid-19. Magtulong-tulong po tayong makabalik sa normal ang ating pamumuhay at ang ekonomiya ng bansa. #DisiplinaMuna ang ating ambag sa labang ito,” Malaya said.

DILG warns LGUs, public against individuals posing as DILG officials

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 21, 2020

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) warned the public and local government units (LGUs) against individuals posing as DILG officials.

In a statement, the department said these “impostors” are soliciting favors or extorting money from LGUs. DILG Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said they have been receiving numerous reports from local chief executives about receiving calls or texts from said ‘DILG impostors’ offering to send aid but will ask for funds in the end.

“In one instance, the mayor was told that the DILG will donate 2,800 cavans of rice to his constituents but in return, the mayor has to send P20,000 via money remittance allegedly for transportation costs,” he said. “In another instance, the mayor was told that he will be helped in his pending cases provided that funds will be transferred to an account of their choosing,” he added.

Malaya advised to always check and consult their provincial DILG office to confirm the identities of those contacting them. He also said they have alerted the Philippine National Police-Criminal Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) in hopes of apprehending the impostors.

“This is a clear case of estafa punishable under the Revised Penal Code, thus we have requested the Philippine National Police to track down those persons responsible,“ he said. AAC

PUV drivers at mga pasahero, pina-alalahanang sumunod sa 1-meter physical distancing policy

Robie de Guzman   •   September 21, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Nagpa-alala ang mga otoridad sa mga tsuper at pasahero ng public utility vehicles (PUV) na istriktong sundin ang isang metrong physical distancing sa gitna pa rin ng banta ng novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Ginawa ng Philippine National Police (PNP) Highway Patrol Group (HPG) ang paalala matapos nitong harangin at sitahin ang mga pampasaherong jeep na hindi sumusunod sa nasabing patakaran.

Ang inspeksyon ay isinagawa ngayong Lunes sa kahabaan ng EDSA-Kamuning sa Quezon City.

Bitbit ang isang metrong panukat, sinita ng HPG ang mga tsuper na sobra ang bilang ng sakay at pinababa ang mga pasahero.

Nguni tauon kay HPG chief Police Colonel Wilson Doromal, hindi naman pinagmulta ngunit binigyan lang ng babala ang mga nahuling tsuper.

“Mahirap itolerate yung distance na nakita natin kanina halos balikat sa balikat na so hindi po natin hinayaang bumiyahe upang yung kalusugan ng mga commuters natin makaiwas po sa anumang sakit,” ang wika ni Doromal.

Ang inspeksyon ay kasunod ng desisyon ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte na panatilihin sa isang metro ang agwat ng mga pasahero sa mga pampublikong sasakyan upang matigil na ang usapin rito.

Noong Sabado, sinabi ng Department of Transportation na istriktong ipatutupad ang 50% capacity sa mga jeep at bus upang masunod ang one-meter physical distancing.

Ang physical distancing at pagsusuot ng face mask at face shield ay kabilang sa mga ipinatutupad na health protocols upang maiwasan ang hawaan ng COVID-19 sa pampublikong transportasyon.

Kaugnay nito, inaasahang maglalabas ang Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) ng mga bagong panuntunan upang malaman ng tsuper kung ilan lamang ang maximum na bilang ng mga pasaherong maaaring isakay sa bus at jeep.

“My advice na lang din is to be on the side of caution, malalaman naman din ng driver yan kung iilan. He will have a sense kung gaano kahaba yung isang metro, sa loob ng isang sasakyan ilang pasahero ang kakasya… hopefully give us time,” ang pahayag ni LTFRB chairman Martin Delgra.

Sa Martes, Setyembre 22 ay inaasahang pupulungin ng LTFRB ang regional directors ng ahensiya upang magtakda ng malinaw na patakaran para sa one-meter physical distancing sa mga pampublikong sasakyan. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Joan Nano)

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Pagbabayad ng toll sa NLEX, cashless na simula Nov. 2

Robie de Guzman   •   September 21, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Simula sa Nobyembre 2 ay cashless na at gagamitan na ng 100% radio frequency identification (RFID) system ang pagbabayad ng toll sa North Luzon Expressway (NLEX).

Ayon sa Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC), ang operator ng NLEX, alinsunod ito sa direktiba ng Department of Transportation (DOTr) na magpatupad ng contactless system upang malimitahan ang physical contact sa gitna pa rin ng banta ng novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Ayon kay Atty. Romulo Junji Quimbo, maaaring magpakabit ng RFID sticker ang mga motorista na dadaan sa NLEX upang hindi sila kailangang magbayad ng cash.

Maaari itong ipakabit ng libre sa NLEX Customer Service Center o kaya ay mag-apply online.

“Ang DOTr bilang tagapangasiwa ng transportation, ay naglabas po ng department order na mahikayat po ang mga kababayan natin, na huwag na pong magdala ng cash. Ang cash po whether sumakay kayo ng bus, o kaya jeep, o kaya sa mga UV, ay nagpapalitan po ng pera doon, at nagsusuklian yun po iniiwasan,” ang wika ni Quimbo.

Para magamit ang RFID, kailangang mag-load ng minimum na P500 sa reloading at online stations.

 “Libre po itong sticker, kinakabit po ito ng Easytrip, ay yun po naman ay may minimum load lang, para lang kayo nagbabayad ng toll kaya lang hindi na po barya ang dala-dala, hindi na po pera, RFID System,” ang pahayag ni Quimbo.

Aniya, sa November 2 na magiging epektibo ang sistema pero bibigyan pa rin naman ng konsiderasyon ang hindi makakapagpakabit ng RFID stickers.

Maaaring bisitahin ang social media accounts ng NLEX Corp. para sa iba pang detalye at katanungan hinggil sa RFID system. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Nestor Torres)

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