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House Speaker confident joint session will approve proposed martial law extension

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — House Speaker Pantaleon Alvalez is confident that the Congress will approve the martial law extension in Mindanao.

Both houses of Congress are set to convene in a joint session, Wednesday, to study President Rodrigo Duterte’s request for a 1-year extension of martial law to be effective on January 1, 2018.

“For me being from Mindanao I don’t see any reason why they will not consider it,” Alvarez said.

The House Speaker said even if the war in Marawi has ended it doesn’t mean that the war of the government against the rebels has also ended.

“There are still movements. Many of their companions are still there. The extortion continues in the plantations, mining sites, contractors, and even in bus operators,” Alvarez said.

Albay Representative Edcel Lagman, on the other hand, said he will question this move to the Supreme Court because they believe that implementing it is against the Constitution.

“If we are going to read the Constitution it says ‘the extension of the declaration or promulgation.’ It does not refer to the extension of an extension,” Lagman said.

Former soldier and now Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano said it will have a big impact on the soldiers.

“Continuous combat operation, kulang sa kagamitan (insufficient equipment), will lead to demoralization,” Alejano said.

Earlier Tuesday, the House conducted an all-member caucus in which they invited the heads of the Department of the Interior and Local Government and Department of National Defense, and Executive Secretary Salvador Mideialdea to shed light on the need to extend martial law in Mindanao. – Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

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Senators seek to empower, increase LGU funds against crime, drugs

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, June 28th, 2018

 

Oath-taking of barangay officials in Tarlac

 

MANILA, Philippines —Several senators are backing President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to audit the performances of local officials in relation to the administration’s intensified campaign against crime and illegal drugs.

According to Senate local government committee chairman Sonny Angara, he is currently pushing for the passage of proposals seeking to empower local government units and increase their funds to effectively curb crime and proliferation of illegal drugs in barangays.

To date, there are 11 bills filed in the Senate looking to amend the LGU code and to include the value-added tax on imported goods collected by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) on the computation of internal revenue allotment (IRA).

This is aside from the measures seeking to increase the IRA to 50 percent from 40 percent share.

According to Senator Angara, appropriated LGU funds are measly to support other programs for their constituents, based on their consultations.

Available data show that 40 percent of 41,902 barangays received IRA of one million or less.

But Senator Antonio Trillanes IV nixed the move, saying this might only bring negative effects to the local communities.

He also slammed Duterte’s proposal to arm village officials and watchmen.

“Walang purpose nito but just to promote the culture of violence, culture of death, after arming them hihikayatin niya itong, barilin niyo yung mga suspetsa niyo na adik o criminal,” said Trillanes. — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue


 

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NEDA: Rebuilding Marawi to cost P53.4B excluding ‘ground zero’

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Community leaders survey damaged houses and buildings inside war-torn Marawi, Philippines January 13, 2018. REUTERS/Tom Allard

 

MANILA, Philippines – The National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) estimates that the government will have to allot P53.4 billion for the rehabilitation of the conflict-torn city.

However, the fund does not cover the amount needed for the repair of the entire ground zero or the most damaged area in the city.

NEDA said a huge chunk of the P53 billion has to be used this year. It will cover the more than 800 priority programs, projects and activities the government target to finish until 2022.

“We have something to start with, I think that’s the most important thing, we’re for almost half of the year over. Getting started is what is important,” said NEDA Secretary Ernesto Pernia.

In NEDA’S breakdown, P26.148 billion is needed for physical infrastructure; P5.867 billion for social services and more than P10.383 billion for housing settlements; P7.765 billion  for livelihood and business development; P1.251 billion for local governance and peace-building and P2.004 billion for land resource and management.

The agency noted three fund sources for the rehabilitation of Marawi city. First is from the 2018 National Budget and second is from donations of private and non-government agencies, non-profit organizations. The fund can also be sourced from the official development assistance (ODA.)

Figures presented by NEDA showed that a huge part of the P53 billion will come from the fund of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund that reaches P24.8 billion. The other needed amount will be taken from other sectors.

NEDA said the estimated fund for the rehabilitation might still increase depending on the recommendations of stakeholders.

Despite this, NEDA is confident that the government can address concerns regarding the restoration of Marawi City to its former glory before the Maute siege.

“You know the leadership is determined to get Marawi back on its feet…”Bangon Marawi”  ang tawag. There are commitments,” concluded Pernia. — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

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Duterte supporters submit petition to create a revolutionary gov’t

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, May 18th, 2018

DILG Undersecretary Martin Diño

 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Various groups of supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte submitted to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) a signed petition seeking for the creation of a revolutionary government.

Over 33 million signatures from 42,000 barangays across the Philippines were attached to the petition. It calls on the government to expedite the approval of proposed amendments to the Constitution.

“Kung baguhin ang takbo Pilipinas siguro isa itong tulong na para maisolba ang lahat ng problema ng ating bayan,” said Princess Maricar Matalam, officer of the group Pagbabago at Karapatan ng Womens Power Mindanao.

(Changing the way how the Philippines is run may help resolve all the problems that it is currently facing.)

DILG Undersecretary Martin Diño said the signature campaign showed strong support for Congress as it pushes for a proposed shift to federalism.

“Puwede na nating maipadala ito sa Congress para iyong ating mga congressman at senador makita nila na talagang gusto ng mga tao lalong lalo na sa buong Pilipinas na federalism na pagbabago ng sistema ng ating gobyerno, napaka importante nito,” Diño concluded.

(We may now send this to Congress so that the congressmen and senators will see the people’s desire to shift to a federal form of government.)  – UNTV News & Rescue

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