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

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 20, 2019   •   1359

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.

10 mayors face suspension for failing DILG’s clearing ops

Marje Pelayo   •   January 6, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Ten local chief executives across the country are facing charges of gross negligence of duty and grave misconduct before the Office of the Ombudsman.

The issue stemmed from the LGU’s failure to respond to the call of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) regarding the local government’s clearing operation project.

According to the Interior Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya, the 10 mayors were just the first batch from the total of 97 local chief executives who failed the DILG directives.

“Sana ma-suspend kaagad itong 10 mayor na ito (I hope these 10 mayors would be suspended soon),” Malaya said.

The 10 concerned mayors were from the following cities and municipalities:

  • Pili, Camarines Sur;
  • Ginatilan, Cebu;
  • Pagsanghan, Samar;
  • Aurora and Lapuyan, Zamboanga Del Sur;
  • Sagay and Guinsiliban, Camuigin;
  • Manticao, Misamis Oriental
  • Caraga Sa Davao Oriental

“Sa amin kasi (for us, it ) is more of a message,” Malaya noted.

“Mensahe sa lahat ng LGU na may batas na kailangang gawin ninyo ang trabaho ninyo (The message to all LGUs is that there is a law that orders you to do your job),” he added.

The DILG is set to begin next week another round of clearing operation which will run for 75 days.

Malaya said this will include clearing of roads and passageways within the barangays.

Alongside the announcement of the schedule of clearing operation, the DILG will also reveal the names of heads of barangays who the Department is filing cases against in line with the project. – MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

Non-compliant LGUs to face charges, second clearing ops to be launched — DILG

Marje Pelayo   •   November 28, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is set to file charges against local government units (LGU) that failed to comply with the agency’s clearing operations program.

According to Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya, they are currently evaluating the explanations of non-compliant LGUs before deciding on filing a formal complaint against them.

“Definitely, I can assure you magpa-file kami sa Office of the Ombudsman ng mga kaso laban doon sa mga mayors na hindi katanggap-tanggap ang kanilang mga paliwanag,” Malaya said.

(Definitely, I can assure you that we will file charges at the Office of the Ombudsman against the Mayors who have unacceptable reasons.)

Based on its records, the DILG noted a total of 101 from more than 1,500 LGUs remain non-compliant with the standards set by the DILG on the course of the 60-day clearing operations directed by President Rodrigo Duterte.

The clearing operations ran from September to October this year.

Meanwhile, the DILG is now drafting the guidelines for another round of clearing operations which will run for 75 days and to be launched before the year ends.

Malaya explained that they aim to widen its scope which will include anti-smoking, anti-drug abuse, disaster preparedness and even the ease in doing business.

“Kailangan natin ng kultura, ng disiplina, hindi lang kultura ng disiplina sa bangketa, kultura ng disiplina din sa ibang bagay, (We need culture and discipline not only on sidewalks but in other things as well,)” the official concluded. — MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

DILG issues warning against low-rating LGUs on road clearing ops

Maris Federez   •   October 22, 2019

Filipino street vendors push their carts as they escape during a road clearing operation in Manila, Philippines. File: EPA-EFE/ FRANCIS R. MALASIG

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government has urged the local government units (LGUs) with low compliance or have failed ratings to do better and continue with their initiatives to clear the roads of obstructions.

The department made the statement on Tuesday (October 22) following the release of the validation results of the national road clearing program.

“Sustained operations are the key to success in the road-clearing operations. You need to exert more effort by eliciting the support of your punong barangays and your constituents. But everything begins with the political will of the mayor,” said DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año.

“There will be another validation in December and from now up to the end of the year, LGUs will have to conduct sustained operations to restore discipline in all public roads and streets,” he added.

The latest data from the DILG-Bureau of Local Government Supervision shows that, as of October 16, 2019, of the 1,516 validated LGUs, 387 got a high compliance rating, 635 got medium compliance, and 393 got low compliance.

One hundred one (101) LGUs received a failed rating and were issued show-cause orders by the Department.

The secretary cited Taguig City for its commitment “to implement its mobility plan to give residents and visitors quicker and safer travels beyond the 60-day deadline imposed by the DILG” despite its low compliance rating.

“That is the kind of attitude that we want. This should be a challenge for LGUs to take the President’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) directive seriously because, at the end of the day, we will all benefit from the law and order brought about by cleared roads,” Año said.

Meanwhile, the DILG also issued a show-cause order to 99 barangay chairmen in Manila on Tuesday.

The DILG said the officials were not able to sustain the order in the respective areas after the 60-day clearing operations.

The officials are given 15 days to explain their non-compliance.

“Doon po sa barangay, may nakitaan po kaming pagkukulang nung Kapitan. So it is possible that even if your city or municipality passed, your barangay did not. We are trying to make that distinction in reaction to the complaints that were received by the Office of Usec Martin Dino,” said DILG spokesperson, Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya.

Usec. Dino said these barangay officials may get suspended once they are proven to have been negligent of their duties.

“Definitely maraming masasampolan, most especially here in Metro Manila. Not only in Manila all over Metro Manila. Now it depends doon sa mga reklamo,” Dino said.

The department said it has pictures and documents proving that there had been negligence on the part of the barangay chairmen in Manila when sidewalk vendors and illegal parking have gotten back to some part of the city’s everyday scenario.

“Nag- clearing operations nga si Mayor at ang ating mga Engineering at ang ating MMDA e pagtalikod naman ng Clearing Operations bumalik. It is now the responsibility of the Brgy Captain to maintain the Clearing Operations na nangyari,” Dino added. (with details from Aiko Miguel) /mbmf 

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