Marikina completes road clean-up ahead of 60-day deadline; QC clears 80 barangays so far

Maris Federez   •   August 16, 2019   •   636

Even before the 60-day deadline set by the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Marikina City has cleared 100 percent of the streets and sidewalks in the city.

“Ang ginagawa ng Marikina ngayon ay maintenance na.  Based on the assesment sa compliance team ng DILG sa Marikina complied na ang Marikina at tapos na ang Marikina sa clearing of sidewalks and road ways [What Marikina is doing now is maintenance. Based on the assessment of the DILG compliance team, Marikina has complied with the clearing of sidewalks and road ways],” Mayor Marcy Teodoro said.

The DILG ordered the local government to submit a report stating the measures they took to clear the roads and sidewalks.

DILG Secretary Eduardo Ano said that what the Marikina City is doing, and even what it has done in the past, is worth emulating.

“Ang maganda sa Marikina paglabas mo ng bangketa hindi na sayo yan, pagaari na ng publiko yan kaya walang hari ng bangketa dun.  Kaya dapat masundan natin ginawa ng Marikina [What is great about Marikina is that once you step out to the sidewalk, it’s not part of your property anymore. It’s owned by the public so no one can be a bully and own it. So we really need to follow what Marikina has done],” Ano added.

Meanwhile, the Quezon City government has cleaned up 80 barangays in the past three weeks since the DILG ordered it.

QC mayor Joy Belmonte said it was a tall order for them to maintain the roads and the sidewalks free from obstruction.

To address this, the local government will implement a stricter policy against illegal parking.

“Mag pi-print tayo ng maraming violation tickets. Tiket lang ng ticket. Tingin ko that is a good solution para masanay sila. Kung magviolate sila ng mag violate eh seryoso tayo ipenalized sila. [We will print many violation tickets. We will issue tickets left and right. I think that is a good solution for them to get used to it. If they will violate repeatedly, we will show them we are serious to penalize them], Belmonte said.

“Nagpabili na rin ako ng maraming wheel clamping devices para mag wheel clamping na tayo [I have also ordered to purchase as many wheel-clamping devices so we can already do wheel clamping (on vehicles)],” she added.

As she promised last week, the QC government demolished the barangay hall of Damayang Lagi in a clearing operation conducted on Friday, together with the DILG and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

Dmayang Lagi officials are now temporarily holding office at an improvised container van.

Belmonte said they still need to demolish 17 more barangay halls in the entire city to decongest the streets.

The group also destroyed a police traffic sector in Balintawak as it causes traffic congestion in the area.

The DILG will once again meet with the metro mayors for the assessment of their clearing operations and identify areas that are yet to be developed by the local governments. (from the report of Joan Nano) /mbmf

BAI confirms African Swine Fever in QC

UNTV News   •   September 20, 2019

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) confirmed on Friday (September 20) Mayor Joy Belmonte’s previous announcement on African Swine Fever (ASF) cases in two barangays in the city.

According to the confirmatory tests on 45 blood samples sent to the agency, eight appeared positive of ASF coming from Barangay Payatas and Barangay Bagong Silangan.

Earlier today, Mayor Belmonte met with hog growers to discuss the planned culling operations in the affected areas.

Based on the protocol, all pigs within the one kilometer radius from ground zero or the site where the virus was first detected, shall be culled.

Belmonte assured hog growers that a budget of P10M for financial assistance will be allotted for ASF-affected areas in the city.

The amount of compensation for each pig culled will be P3,000.

Pag namatay ang iyong baboy, wala kayong makukuha tulong mula sa lungsod Quezon, (If your pigs died, you will not get anything from the city government),” Belmonte said.

Kung buhay pa ang iyong baboy at ilapit nyo na sa amin, kayo ay makakatanggap ng financial assistance sa bawat baboy ng P3,000 (If the hogs are still alive and you reported them to us, you will receive financial assistance from us amounting to P3,000 per live pig),” she added.

Based on reported statistics, there are about 2,000 hogs currently being bred in Barangay Payatas while Bagong Silangan has 900 pigs.

Mayor Belmonte noted, however, that they cannot determine the exact number of pigs being raised across the city given that the local government has already banned backyard hog raising.

The Mayor reiterated her warning against those who would attempt to conceal their infected pigs or try to dispose them irresponsibly.

“Kung itatapon niyo sa creek ay idedemanda ko kayo (If you dump them in creeks, I will sue you),” she warned.

“Kung itatakas niyo idedemanda ko kayo (If you try to bring them somewhere else, I will also sue you), the Mayor said. — MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

DILG’s Año confident of Bantag’s competence to head BuCor

Robie de Guzman   •   September 20, 2019

J/SSupt. Gerald Bantag

MANILA, Philippines – Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año has expressed confidence in the competence of J/SSupt. Gerald Bantag to head the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).

In a statement on Thursday, Año welcomed Bantag’s designation as the new BuCor chief, saying he has the necessary professional experience, training and competence having served as warden of major city jails in Metro Manila and eventually as regioal director of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan).

“As a professional and career BJMP official, Bantag is innately familiar with the Philippine penal system and culture and, therefore, he does not need a long transition and he can immediately begin work to reform the systems in the BuCor,” the DILG chief said.

Año also believes that under Bantag’s watch, corrupt BuCor officials will have a hard time engaging in illegal activities.

“Sa tingin ko, mahihirapan siyang paikutan ng mga ilang tiwali sa BuCor dahil alam na niya ang mga sistema at kalakaran sa ating mga kulungan,” he said.

The DILG chief added that the designation of a BJMP career official to head the BuCor is a positive development for the country.

He also expressed hope that this will be beginning of real reforms that “we all have been waiting for in order to truly serve justice and maintain the integrity of our penal system.”

“I urge Bantag to judiciously exercise his mandate and inculcate into his new assignment the professional culture of the DILG,” he said.

“Remember, you are not only accountable to the President but the entire Filipino people who are shocked and disappointed by the irregularities in the BuCor. In the hands of the right people, the problems of the BuCor are not insurmountable. As always, the BJMP and the DILG are ready to support you in your enormous responsibility,” he added.

Bantag replaces Nicanor Faeldon who was dismissed by President Rodrigo Duterte for disobeying his order to stop the release of convicts under the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law.

Clearing operations, not competition among local chief execs – Mayor Isko

Maris Federez   •   September 18, 2019

Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso

In just a little over a week, the 60-day period that the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has set for the local chief executives to clean the streets of Metro Manila will come to an end.

But Manila mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso has admitted that they have a long way to go to completely clean the streets of the almost 900 barangays in the city.

“I’m not doing it for my fellow mayors, I’m doing it for the people of Manila,” he said.

Mayor Isko, however, stated that he is happy with the accomplishments of other cities in Metro Manila that have completed clearing their streets of obstructions.

 “I’m happy for them but this is not a competition among mayors,” he added.

The DILG, however, that no Metro Manila cities had been 100% compliant in clearing the streets.

Moreno admitted that several areas in Manila, such as Quiapo and Tondo, remain a big problem for him.

But he assured that he will not waver from his resolve.

“Whether mameet namin o hindi naman namin mameet, it doesn’t matter because we will continue.”

Moreno pointed to the lack of governance caused the return of the obstructions in some areas in Manila in the past.

The local chief executive, however, warned that he will file charges against the barangay officials who will fail to accomplish their tasks and submit the inventories of their areas of concern. (from the report of Harlene Delgado) /mbmf

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