Faster, more convenient way to apply for police clearance now available in 186 PNP stations nationwide

Marje Pelayo   •   September 23, 2020   •   342

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has launched the National Police Clearance System (NPCS) which provides the public a faster and more efficient processing of their police clearance applications.

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said that the online NPCS is a great leap towards crime prevention and peace in the community especially during this time of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

“Mas mapapabilis din ang pagtugis sa mga kriminal lalong lalo na yung nagtatago sa ibang lugar dahil sa ang datos natin ay para na sa buong bansa at hindi na lamang per LGU,” Año said.

The NPCS is a nationwide issuance of police clearance through online application which seeks to improve the process for criminal records check. 

Applicants may either register online or at their chosen police station for appointment.

Upon obtaining an appointment, applicants can proceed to their selected police station on the scheduled date with the following requirements:

  • Two valid IDs
  • Application reference number
  • Official receipt of payment

The NPCS is initially available in 186 police stations and the national roll-out is expected to be completed next year.

This project is in line with the DILG’s digital transformation of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to adapt to the new normal.

DILG wants 10 mayors to explain alleged absence during ‘Rolly’ onslaught

Robie de Guzman   •   November 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said it will issue a show-cause order against 10 mayors over their alleged absence while Typhoon Rolly, which is said to be the strongest storm this year, pummeled their areas.

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año did not name these local chief executives but revealed that two of them are from Northern Luzon, four are from Region 4-B, two from Region 5 and the remaining two are from the Visayas.

“I cannot give their names yet until investigations are conducted and cases are filed against them,” he said.

Año said these mayors will be asked to explain why they were “unaccounted for” when Typhoon Rolly devastated their areas.

The DILG chief said they are expecting to hear the explanation of the involved local leaders on why no charges should be filed against them.

These mayors may face charges for dereliction of duty or gross negligence and violation of the DILG memorandum circular which mandates local chief executives to remain in their areas to supervise operations during and after calamities.

“After validating their answers, the investigation may proceed. Depende sa circumstances but among them could be Dereliction of Duty, Gross Negligence, and/or Violation DILG of Memo Circular Requiring 100% presence of LCEs before during and after Typhoon,” Año said.

Parts of Bicol region bore the brunt of Typhoon Rolly, which was packing maximum sustained winds of 225 kilometers per hour when it first made landfall on Sunday morning.

Rolly’s destructive winds and torrential rains destroyed structures, toppled power and communication lines, and triggered flooding that submerged many areas as it barreled through the southern part of Luzon.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said 17 individuals were killed and two were injured during the onslaught. More than 400,000 families were also affected in regions 2, 3, 5, Calabarzon, MIMAROPA, and the National Capital Region. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)

LGU’s communication system on disaster preparedness and response needs improvement — Año

Marje Pelayo   •   November 2, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) recommends a restructuring of the communication system of local government units (LGU) given what happened in the recent lashing of a super typhoon.

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año noted the importance of having an effective communication system especially in times of disasters and calamities from preparations to post assessment.

“Iyan ang i-improve natin, kung papaano tayo magkakaroon ng tuloy-tuloy na communication [That is what we need to improve – how to maintain continuous flow of communication],” Año said.

“Kahit na wala na ang telephone signal, mayroon pa ring dapat ang radio communication. Isa (iyan) sa dapat nating i-revive bukod sa satellite communication [Even when telephone signal is cut, we must have radio communication. That’s one thing we need to revive aside from satellite communication],” he added.

Despite this, the Duterte administration remains positive over how LGUs responded to the onset of the super typhoon.

According to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, early preparations by local authorities helped reduce the impact of the calamity even in Metro Manila.

Ang paningin ng presidente (As for the President), he would like to commend all the local government units, all departments and agencies of the government, dahil napakita natin na dahil sa kahandaan, nabawasan ang aberya [our preparedness have lessened the problem],” Roque said.

“The goal should be zero casualty, pero tingin ko po dahil nagkaroon ng forced evacuation, nabawasan po talaga ang ating casualty sa bagyong ito [The goal was zero casualty but I believe because of forced evacuation, there were a few casualty from this typhoon],” he added.

The DILG, moreover, commended the performance of LGUs in the overall response against the typhoon.

“Maganda ang performance ng ating LGUs. As early as October 30, nagsisimula na tayo ng forced evacuation in fact kahit sa lugar na lumihis ang bagyo tulad ng NCR, tuloy ang kanilang evacuation [Our LGUs have been performing well. As early as October 30, we started forced evacuation. In fact, even in areas not directly hit by the typhoon like NCR, evacuation has been ongoing],” Secretary Año said.

Meanwhile, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Executive Director Ricardo Jalad defended the absence of President Rodrigo Duterte during the Typhoon Rolly briefings.

The President drew flak on social media for his alleged non-appearance in public while the typhoon was battering the country thus the hashtag #NasaanAngPangulo.

Undersecretary Jalad said all concerned agencies have been active throughout the onslaught of the typhoon from the national government down to the LGUs.

“Hindi dapat mangamba ang ating mga kababayan kung bakit hindi nila nakikita si [There is nothing to worry as to why rhet are not seeing the] President because he has that luxury. The government is functioning from the local government units up to the national level,” Jalad concluded. MNP (with reports from Joan Nano)

Nationwide road-clearing ops to resume on Nov. 16 – DILG

Robie de Guzman   •   October 28, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Wednesday directed local government units (LGU) to resume their road-clearing operations after more than seven months of suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic.

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said the resumption of road clearing operations will officially start on November 16, depending on the quarantine classification of LGUs.

LGUs will have about two months or until January 15, 2021 to comply with the directive, he added.

“We hope that the LGUs, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, will show the same enthusiasm and positive results that they were able to achieve last year as we aim for safer and accessible roads free from illegal and potentially hazardous encroachments,” Año said in a statement.

“Despite the January 15 deadline, we wish to remind the LGUs that road-clearing operation is year-long endeavor, kaya kailangan natin ang kanilang commitment at pakikiisa,” he added.

Under DILG Memorandum Circular 2020-145, Año said that the resumption of road-clearing operations will vary, in different degrees, depending on the quarantine classification of a certain area.

Areas under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) levels should render full implementation of road clearing operations.

Those under general community quarantine (GCQ) will execute the partial implementation of the program while the road-clearing efforts in areas under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) and ECQ will remain suspended.

Early this week, President Rodrigo Duterte placed the entire National Capital Region and other areas of the country under GCQ for the whole month of November with no region in the country placed under the strictest community quarantine classification.

Under the DILG memorandum, road obstructions such as vehicular terminals except in areas designated by the LGUs; vending sites; house encroachments that obstruct the right-of-way; debris, waste materials, and other junked items, among others must be cleared off roadways.

Structures or obstructions erected for locally stranded individuals must also be removed upon return to their intended destination.

Parked ambulance and public emergency vehicles; checkpoints established by IATF, LGUs, PNP, and AFP; and temporary obstructions caused by the establishment of bike lanes, however, are exempted from removal, the DILG said.

Año said that results of road clearing efforts conducted by the LGU will be subjected to validation from January 18 to 22, 2021.

The DILG chief reiterated that LGUs that will fail to comply with the presidential directive will face administrative charges.

In his State of the Nation Address last year, Duterte ordered the DILG and LGUs to reclaim all public roads being used for private ends.

The road clearing operations were suspended in March in line with efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.

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