Prioritize implementation of environmental laws—DENR to newly elected local officials

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 20, 2019   •   1180

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) urges newly elected local officials to prioritize implementation of environmental laws.

DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu reminded the new leaders to prioritize full and strict implementation of environmental laws, particularly on solid waste management.

“The task force cannot do it alone. We need the full cooperation of LGUs,” Cimatu added.

Meanwhile, DENR Undersecretary for Solid Waste Management and LGU Concerns, Benny Antiporda, called on the local government units (LGU) to report any law violations.

“By doing so, these officials will send the right signal early on in their administration and that is, they do not tolerate any wrongdoing. We will go after both newly elected and outgoing local officials who violated environmental laws,” Antiporda said.

LGUs urged to strictly implement ‘4S strategy’ to prevent spread of dengue

Marje Pelayo   •   August 8, 2019

The local government of Island Garden City of Samal Davao del Norte conducts mosquito fogging to combat the dengue outbreak on July 16, 2019 | Courtesy: Cerilo Ebrano/Photoville International

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Wednesday (August 7) urged local government units (LGUs) to follow the “Enhanced 4S Strategy” to curb the spread of dengue and other mosquito-borne diseases.

In a statement, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año emphasized the strict implementation of “Enhanced 4S” which stands for (1) search and destroy breeding sites; (2) seek early consultation; (3) self-protection; and (4) say Yes to fogging only in hotspot areas where increase is registered for two consecutive weeks.

In line with this, all mayors and barangay officials are urged to lead the conduct of this step-by-step guide in order to protect the communities from dengue.

This include activation of Aksyon Barangay Kontra Dengue and synchronized conduct of the 4 o’clock habit or the simultaneous cleaning of the household and community surroundings like clearing all stagnant water and other mosquito-breeding sites as well as the conduct of measures to prevent water stagnation every day, starting at 4:00 pm.

Likewise, community officials are directed to facilitate chemical intervention, such as spraying and larviciding or the regular application of microbial or chemical insecticides to water bodies or water containers to kill mosquito larvae and pupae.

Lastly, encourage residents to observe early consultation.

“The gravity of the dengue situation prompts us to work closely together because the health of our people is at stake,” the DILG secretary said.

Año ordered LGUs to intensify public awareness campaign against dengue by working closely with their respective Department of Health (DOH) Regional Offices.

“It is also necessary to reproduce and disseminate DOH information materials about dengue to inform and alert the public on how they can help prevent the spread of the disease in their respective communities,” he added.

Thus, Año asked the LGUs to oversee the preparedness of Rural Health Units (RHUS) and LGU-operated hospitals and ensure the availability of adequate logistics in the local health facilities as well as the availability of ambulances in any event of emergency.

“At this time when a lot of lives are endangered by dengue, there is no room for LGUs to be lax or negligent,” Año  said.

“I, therefore, urge our local government officials to take into heart the mandate of the Local Government Code that every LGU shall ensure and support, among other things, the promotion of health and safety and preserve the comfort and convenience of their constituents,” he concluded.

DILG warns LGUs interfering in closure of PCSO gaming outlets

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 30, 2019

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has warned against local government units (LGU) that will interfere with the closure of gaming outlets licensed by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PSCO).

“Any Local Government Official who prevents or interferes in the closure of any outlet shall be dealt with accordingly to the fullest extent of the law,” DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said in a statement.

The DILG also reiterated its support on the directive of the President revoking all gaming franchises and concessions issued by the PSCO.

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Año has also directed all Philippine National Police (PNP) units nationwide to immediately implement the President’s directive.

“Ensure that all outlets granted licenses or concessions of the PCSO in all municipalities and cities of the country are closed pending investigation,” the statement reads.—AAC

DILG’s 60-day deadline for mayors to clear Metro Manila roads begins

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 29, 2019

Courtesy: Manila PIO

The 60-day deadline imposed by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) for mayors to clear Metro Manila roads begins today (July 29, 2019).

The DILG has released the memorandum order for the 17 Metro Manila mayors to conduct road clearing operations in their respective cities.

Based on the memorandum, the road clearing operations include removal of illegally parked vehicles and street vendors.

Mayors who are unable to follow the memorandum order will face a two-month preventive suspension.

The DILG is yet to decide how long the suspension will last if a mayor was proven to have negligence in following the said memorandum. He will also face administrative charges.

The department also encourages the public to report, through their hotline: 925-0343, local officials who are not doing their duties.

Meanwhile, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año assures aid for those who will lose their jobs during road clearing operations.

“Mauuna muna ang pagsunod ng batas at iyong mga maapektuhan titingnan natin kung ano ang pwedeng maibigay na assistance, (Following the law should come first. For the affected parties, we will see what kind of assistance we can provide),” he said.—AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

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