Gamboa remains as PNP OIC with Año’s supervision

Maris Federez   •   January 2, 2020   •   629

PNP officer-in-charge PLtGen. Archie Gamboa

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) officer-in-charge PLtGen. Archie Gamboa on Thursday (Jan.2) clarified that he will remain to temporarily lead the national police.

This, after President Rodrigo Roa Duterte directed Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año to supervise the police force until his term ends.

Gamboa explained that Año had always been at the helm of the PNP as chairman of the National Police Commission (Napolcom) which is responsible for its administration and control.

He said he will remain as the officer-in-charge of the PNP.

“Dati naman, mayroon talagang authority ang National Police Commission, through its chairman, to review all my actions given that I only have a limited capacity. It’s within their authority to review it na sabihing ‘mali itong ginawa mo,” Gamboa said.

Gamboa also said he was given additional authorities as OIC such as appointing police lieutenant colonels, being part of the Commission to defend the proposed resolutions by the PNP, and signing procurement contracts of the agency.

Meanwhile, Secretary Año admitted that the President was really disappointed over the controversy involving the PNP last year which was why he is yet to choose the next PNP chief.

“Talagang na-disappoint siya sa nangyari doon. Kasi, sabi nga ng Pangulo, he has given everything to the PNP including doubling the salary of the police officers, and yet, mayroon pa ring mga police na gumagawa nito,” Año said.

The secretary said, as part of his role in supervising the PNP, he will look into the strategies and disciplinary measures that the national police are adopting.

“Ang gusto niya, ang pulis, kapag nakikita ng publiko, nagko-command ng respect at trust, at feeling safe ang mga tao. Hindi ‘yung, pag nakita mo ‘yung pulis, iba ‘yung iisipin mo,” Año added. — (from the report of Harlene Delgado) /mbmf

301 barangay execs facing raps over alleged SAP pay-out anomalies – DILG

Robie de Guzman   •   June 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Wednesday said that a total of 301 barangay officials are now facing criminal charges over the alleged anomalies in the distribution of cash aid under the government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP).

“Hindi po hihinto ang DILG at ang PNP (Philippine National Police) sa paghabol sa mga kurakot na barangay, LGU officials, at personnel na ito,” DILG spokesperson Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said in a statement.

“Secretary Año has personally directed the PNP to ensure that cases are filed para maparusahan ang mga ito sapagkat talaga namang nakakagalit na sa panahon ng krisis kung kailan kailangang-kailangan ng ating mga kababayan ng tulong ay nagagawa pa nilang manloko ng mga kabarangay nila,” he added.

Malaya said more cases will be filed in the coming days as the PNP continues to conduct case build-up against 76 other barangay officials.

He said a total of 381 complainants went to the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group to report the alleged corrupt practices of their barangay officials in the SAP distribution.

Based on the latest report of the PNP-CIDG, a huge chunk of those facing criminal raps are barangay chairperson and councilmen. Barangay secretaries, health workers, treasurers, Sangguniang Kabataan chairpersons and even local government officials and employees have also been charged with criminal cases.

These officials were charged for violations of Republic Act (RA) 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices, RA 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, and RA 11332 or Law on Reporting of Communicable Diseases.

Malaya also reiterated the DILG’s call on the public to report irregularities in the cash aid distribution as the government prepares to distribute the second tranche of the assistance this month.

“Patuloy po ang pagtanggap namin ng mga sumbong and we encourage our kababayans na ireport ang mga ganitong uri ng kalokohan,” he said.

DILG encourages public to start bike commuting to cope with limited mass transport

Marje Pelayo   •   June 2, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Interior Secretary Eduardo Año is encouraging the public to start bike commuting now that mass transport remains limited. 

He said this will help the public to at least conveniently reach their destinations without being stranded on the streets and increase the risks of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection. 

Actually iyan ang gusto nating i-promote, iyong malawakang paggamit ng bisikleta nationwide bilang means ng transportation lalo na kung ang pinapasukan mo is within 10 killometers away lang pwedeng-pwede na sa bike iyan,” Año said during an interview with the program Get It Straight with Daniel Razon.

[Actually, that’s what we’d like to promote, the use of bicycles as means of transportation especially if your workplace is within 10-kilometer distance, that’s very accessible for bikes.]

For now, the national government is not yet allowing back riders on motorbikes, and converting motorbikes into tricycles will also not be possible as they are not allowed on national highways. 

Seeing the high demand nowadays, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is eyeing on regulating the price of bicycles as well as the price of laptops necessary for work-from-home arrangements.

The DTI is asking businessmen to maintain a reasonable price for such goods which are deemed essential nowadays. 

“Hindi masyadong malaki na masyadong masakit for the consumer. Dahil we understand na kailangan din nilang makabawi doon sa mga loses for the past two and a half months pero hindi po para pagsamantalahan na natin ang consumers [An increase that will not hurt the consumers. We understand that they, too, need to recover from their losses from the past two and a half months, but not to the extent that will abuse the consumers],” explained DTI Undersecretary Ruth Castelo. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

LGUs, hinikayat maglagay ng bike lanes at road network para sa ‘new normal’

Robie de Guzman   •   June 2, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Inatasan ng Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) ang lahat ng local government unit (LGU) na magpagawa ng bike lanes para sa mga manggagawang magbibisikleta papunta sa kanilang trabaho sa gitna ng community quarantine.

Sa isang advisory, inatasan ni DILG Secretary Eduardo Año ang mga gobernador at alkalde na makipag-ugnayan sa kalapit na mga LGU upang maikunekta ang kan-kanilang bike lanes at makagawa ng bicycle road network.

“Dahil sa kakulangan ng pampublikong masasakyan, marami ang magbibisikleta patungo at pabalik sa kanilang mga pinagtatrabahuhan. Dapat handa ang mga bike lanes sa LGUs upang masiguro ang kaligtasan ng mga siklista,” ani Año.

Aniya, dapat alinsunod sa disenyo ng Department of Transportation ang designated bike lanes na lalagyan ng plastic bollards, stencil markings at signage para sa kaligtasan ng mga nagbibisikleta.

Sinabi rin ng kalihim na dapat walang nakaharang sa bike lanes upang maiwasan ang anomang aksidente at matiyak na mabilis ang biyahe ng mga siklista.

Sa Omnibus guidelines sa pagpapatupad ng community quarantine, hinihikayat ng Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) ang paggamit ng bisikleta at iba pang uri ng hindi de-motor na transportasyon.

“Ngayong tayo ay nasa new normal, hinihikayat natin ang bawa’t isa na gumamit ng mga bike. Mainam sa kalusugan ang pagba-bike, at tsaka, matipid pa.Hindi mo na kailangang bumili pa ng gasolina,” sinabi ni Año.

Inatasan din ng kalihim ang mga LGU na gumawa ng ordinansa na magpapataw ng parusa sa mga lalabag sa paggamit ng bike lanes upang maseguro na sumusunod sa regulasyon ang mga motorista at siklista.

Pina-alalahan rin ang mga LGU sa istriktong pagpapatupad ng health at safety protocols gayundin ang pagsusuot ng face masks ng mga taong gumagamit ng naturang lane at sa lahat ng pampublikong lugar.

“SOP na dapat ang pagsusuot ng masks at physical distancing sa mga pampublikong lugar. Masanay na tayo sa ganitong sitwasyon habang wala pang gamot at vaccine laban sa Covid-19,” sabi nito.

Samantala, nilinaw ng DILG na bawal pa rin sa lansangan ang motor taxis katulad ng Angkas kahit niluwagan na ang quarantine restrictions sa bansa.

“Alam po namin na marami pong umaasa sa Angkas at iba pang motor taxis para makarating sa kanilang trabaho at destinasyon ngunit dahil sa banta ng Covid-19, hindi pa rin pinahihintulutan ng gobyerno ang ganitong mode of transportation dahil sa violation ng physical distancing,” ayon sa DILG.

Ipinagbabawal din ang back-riding sa motorsiklo kahit sa mag-asawa bilang bahagi ng physical distancing measures dahil magkakaroon ng close contact sa pagitan ng dalawang tao na maaaring maging sanhi ng transmission ng Covid-19.

“Naiintindihan natin ang hiling ng marami nating kababayan kaya lang ang pagsakay sa likod ng motorsiklo ay isang malinaw na violation ng physical distancing at mahirap sa kapulisan na i-check ang bawa’t motorcycle kung mag-asawa nga ang nakasakay,” ayon sa kagawaran.

“Kung pahihintulutan naman natin ito, babahain tayo ng maraming violation mula sa mga hindi pinahihintulutan dito. Mas mataas ang panganib na idudulot sa kalusugan kaysa sa mga benepisyong makukuha dito,” dagdag pa nito.

Ilan sa mga maaring masakyan na iminungkahi ng DOTr sa post-pandemic period ay ang bisikleta at modernized PUVs dahil hindi masyadong magkakadikit ang mga tao dito at maiiwasan ang pagkalat ng virus sa mga pasahero.

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