PNP clearance required for civil society groups wishing to aid local COVID-19 efforts – DILG

Robie de Guzman   •   February 5, 2021   •   336

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Friday said civil society organizations (CSO) that wish to be part of local COVID-19 response and recovery efforts need to first secure a clearance from the Philippine National Police (PNP).

DILG Officer-in-Charge Bernardo Florece Jr. said this is to ensure that only legitimate civil society groups are engaging with the department and local government units.

“To determine the legitimacy of CSOs and prevent scams and other fraud, they are required to secure clearances from the PNP in addition to local accreditation requirements,” Florece said in a statement.

The clearance to be issued by the PNP shall indicate that such CSO has no record of illegal activity. 

“Gusto lang nating makasiguro na ang mga CSOs na katrabaho natin ay tunay na nais makatulong sa gobyerno at sa mga mamamayan,” he said.

The DILG said the directive follows reports of “fly-by-night CSOs” that wish to engage with local governments in order to lend legitimacy to their operations and secure funding from local and foreign institutions to finance their personal agenda.

“Kunwari ay gustong makatulong at makikipagpartner sa gobyerno pero may hidden agenda ang mga ito kaya kailangan nating siguruhin kung legitimate ba talaga sila o nanggagamit lang,” Florece said.

In an earlier directive, the DILG called on CSOs, private sector organizations and volunteer groups/individuals to work with barangay leaders in contact tracing, public information campaign on Disiplina Muna, values formation training, and capacity building activities on livelihood opportunities.

Among the other requirements for CSOs to be accredited as stated in DILG Memo Circular 2019-72 are the following:

  • List of current officers and members
  • Board resolution signifying intention for accreditation
  • Original sworn statement that CSO is an independent, non-partisan organization
  • Minutes of annual meeting, annual accomplishment report and
  • Financial statement for the preceding year

Meanwhile, DILG Spokesperson, Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said the department has issued Memo Circular 2021-012 urging LGUs to set up a CSO Desk that will be responsible for handling CSO-related concerns in their localities.

“Ang paglahok ng CSOs sa pamamahala ng gobyerno ay ipinag-utos ng Konstitusyon. Having CSO Desks in LGUs will ensure effective and reasonable participation at all levels of social, political, and economic decision-making,” said Malaya.

It should be headed by a designated or appointed CSO Desk Officer who shall facilitate and promote people’s participation in governance within the LGU.

“LGUs are further directed, through the Sanggunian, to enact an ordinance establishing a system of partnership between the LGU and CSOs that defines their roles and involvement in various local government programs, projects, and activities,” the DILG said.

“This includes their participation in the local special bodies, committees, task forces, and similar groups, as required by law and the national government,” it added.

According to Malaya, the CSO Desk will be responsible for the organization of federation or coalition of sectoral CSOs, including the formation of the People’s Council in the LGU.

LGUs are likewise encouraged to establish a mechanism that will facilitate a federation of sectoral CSOs in the barangay, municipality, city, and province, and a People’s Council in the province, city, or municipality, with membership coming from the different sectors of CSOs or POs that are accredited, registered and recognized by the LGUs.

“The participation of CSOs in government processes is important for the purpose of providing check and balance and in exacting accountability. An active CSO participation is an indicator of healthy participatory governance,” Malaya said.

PACC receives 8,000 complaints on cash aid distribution

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Around 8,000 complaints on cash aid distribution have been received by the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC).

The PACC, on Thursday (April 15), said during the rollout of the cash aid distribution the agency already received around 8,000 complaints.

PAAC Chairman Greco Belgica said the agency is already coordinating with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to discuss the said reports.

Nakakalungkot, we have just received 8,000 reports tungkol dito. Sina-summarize namin ang reports para sa gagawing meeting with the DILG, para maaksyunan, ma-imbestigahan, makasuhan (It is saddening, we have just received 8,000 reports regarding this matter. We are summarizing the reports for our meeting with the DILG for immediate action, investigation, and for the immediate filing of cases),” he said.

Belgica reiterated the need to increase monitoring during the distribution process in order to avoid any form of anomalies.

Titingnan po namin ang sistemang gagamitin nila bukod sa mga complaints. Monitoring has to be strengthened para maiwasan ang mga ganito (We will look into the system used by the [DILG] aside from the complaints received. Monitoring has to be strengthened to avoid these issues),” he said.

The PACC officials expressed alarm on the number of complaints. He noted that during the previous cash aid distribution, the PACC received around 9,000 complaints. During the recent cash distribution, the agency already received 8,000 complaints.

Belgica advises officials not to take the money especially when families affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic are finding it difficult to get by.

Kaunti na lang po iyan para po sa kanila, para po sa kanilang pamilya para mabuhay. Ibigay na po natin sa kanila iyan dahil kung pinakialaman po natin iyan (The cash aid is not much, it is for the public and their families in order to survive. Give it to them because if you took advantage and we will find out [about it]) we will make sure you will be accountable to it,” he warned. AAC

Over P200M worth of shabu seized, 2 drug suspects killed in Las Piñas buy-bust ops – PNP

Robie de Guzman   •   April 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Two drug suspects were killed and at least 31 kilos of suspected shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) were seized in a buy-bust operation in Las Piñas City, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Wednesday.

PNP chief General Debold Sinas said the suspects, identified as Richard Jen Jieko Salameda Amarga alias Koy-Koy or Coco and Andrew Guinto Garcia, died during an encounter with operatives from the PNP Drug Enforcement Group (PDEG) around 10:15 pm on Tuesday in Barangay Almanza.

The buy-bust operation was jointly conducted by PDEG and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Las Piñas City Police Station, NCRPO Regional Intelligence Division, NICA, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-Camp Crame, and Regional Special Operation Group NCRPO.

Sinas said the illegal drugs, packed in different tea packages, that were confiscated from the suspects were estimated to worth P210,800,000.

Also recovered from the suspects were a vehicle, a paper bag containing P1.5 million used as buy-bust money, a caliber .45 pistol Para Ordnance, a chamber loaded with one ammunition and with inserted magazine loaded with four ammunitions, one caliber .45 pistol Para Ordnance, chamber loaded with one ammunition and with inserted magazine loaded with three ammunitions.

Police investigation showed that the suspects are well-known distributors of illegal drugs and members of Sputnik Gang and Amarga Drug Group.

Their supplies were from a certain group of Chinese Nationals in Myanmar and discreetly transporting them to a warehouse somewhere in Pampanga.

“I commend PDEG for a job well done as we continue to fulfill our mandate in cleaning the streets to attain a safer, more secured, and drug-free community,” Sinas said.

PNP arrests 9 persons for illegal sale, distribution of COVID-19 test kits in QC

Robie de Guzman   •   April 14, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines – Nine persons allegedly involved in the illegal sale of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test kits were arrested in an operation in Quezon City, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said on Wednesday.

Citing reports from the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, PNP chief General Debold Sinas said the following suspects were apprehended during an entrapment operation conducted in Barangay South Triangle on Tuesday:

  • Marize Santiago, 28
  • Joshua Raphael Bautista Ramirez, 21
  • Zeus Catamora Jimena, 27
  • John Vincent Almante Sumalabe, 23
  • Rio Joyce Mingay Perando, 20
  • Hermogenes Rivero Villordon, 28
  • Jomari Pareja Estrada, 21
  • John Marthy De Jesus Parentela, 22
  • John Paolo Solibaga San Pedro, 28

The operation was launched by joint operatives of Quezon City District Field Unit (QCDFU) and 300th Air Intelligence and Security Wing following verification from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The PNP said the operation stemmed from reports about unauthorized distribution and selling of unproven and illegally marketed medical devices.

These devices include Joinstar, Clungene rapid test kit, Innovita antibody test, Sanli disposable virus specimen, and Wondfo rapid test kit, which were placed for advertisement thru an online selling website managed by an unauthorized online seller of COVID 19 Rapid test kit.

The PNP said the entrapment operation was conducted after the suspects received payment from a police undercover who ordered online 30 boxes of Clungene Rapid Test Kit amounting to P204,000

Recovered from the suspects were assorted volumes of unauthorized rapid test kits, with an estimated market value of P30 million.

During the operation, police said suspects failed to show their license to operate (LTOP) or special permit to sell and distribute the test kits as required under FDA Circular No. 2020-016.

One of the suspects, Marize Santiago, was found to be linked to a Chinese online selling group that offers unauthorized rapid test kits for COVID-19.

The arrested persons were brought to the QCDFU office for appropriate documentation for the filing of Cases for Republic Act 9711 or Food and Drug Administration Act of 2009 in relation to FDA Circular No. 2020-016 or the prohibition of Online selling of FDA Certified COVID-19 Antibody Test Kit.

“This operation is part of our continued efforts to run after those who take advantage of the pandemic to earn money by illegally marketing medical devices through illegal online selling by unauthorized online sellers of Covid-19 rapid test kit,” Sinas said.

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