SC stops implementation of curfew ordinances in Manila, Quezon City and Navotas

admin   •   July 26, 2016   •   3093

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MANILA — The Supreme Court has issued a temporary restraining order enjoining the local governments of Manila, Quezon City and Navotas from implementing their curfew ordinances.

The court also ordered the local governments of the three cities to comment on the petition filed by youth group Samahan Ng Progresibong Kabataan.

The group filed a petition before the Supreme Court last Friday asking to nullify the curfew ordinances of the three cities and declare it contrary to Republic Act 9344 or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act.

They claimed that the curfew on minors in Manila, Quezon City and Navotas is vague, unjust and repressive. (RODERIC MENDOZA/UNTV News & Rescue)

More than 2,000 volunteers sign up for DSWD Taal Volcano relief efforts

Robie de Guzman   •   January 14, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Social Work and Development (DSWD) on Tuesday said it received an overwhelming response for its call for volunteers for its relief operations for those affected by the eruption of Taal Volcano.

In a Facebook post, the DSWD IV-A said more than 2,000 volunteers had signed up to help in the repacking of relief goods that would be distributed to residents in areas badly affected by the eruption.

The DSWD also expressed gratitude to the 250 volunteers who helped repack food packs on Tuesday at its warehouse in General Mariano Alvarez in Cavite.

“These food packs are for distribution to the affected families of the #TaalVolcano eruption in Cavite and Batangas provinces,” it added.

Due to the overwhelming response from people who are eager to help in the relief operations, the DSWD encouraged volunteers to sign up in the link they provided to process their schedule.

The Office of the Civil Defense earlier reported that the volcanic unrest displaced more than 35,000 people in Batangas. The province of Batangas has been placed under a state of calamity.

Taal Volcano is currently under Alert Level 4 following a phreatic explosion that occurred last Sunday, January 12.

According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, alert level 4 means a hazardous eruption is imminent within hours to days.

Sta. Ana, Cagayan evacuees return home as flood subsides

Maris Federez   •   November 21, 2019

CAGAYAN, Philippines – As the rain quiets down in Sta. Ana, Cagayan, the evacuees who have occupied the town’s multipurpose hall queued to return to their respective houses.

Sixteen barangays in Sta Ana were submerged in water, affecting 377 families or 1,514 individuals, according to the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the local government distributed relief supplies to the affected families before they set out to return to their homes.

“So far, ngayon Ma’am, nag-subside na po iyong tubig so safe na po silang pabalik sa kanilang bahay,” said social welfare assistant Hilda Bañezta.

Officials expect that the power supply will be restored by Thursday or Friday (November 22).

Meanwhile, the local government announced that classes in the whole province of Cagayan have resumed on Thursday except those in preschool and kindergarten.

Further suspension of classes at any level will be at the discretion of the local executives in the 20 municipal mayors in the province. (from the report of Aiko Miguel) /mbmf

DSWD appeals to public not to give alms to street children, beggars

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 7, 2019

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has urged the public not to give alms to street beggars including street children, homeless people, and members of Indigenous Peoples (IP) groups.

The DSWD said this is in pursuant to Presidential Decree (PD) No. 1563 or the Anti-Mendicancy Law which prohibits begging or soliciting of charitable donations by the poor and other religious organizations on the streets.

The department advises the public to think of other means to help in order to keep street dwellers and IP groups away from mendicant activities that may endanger their lives.

“DSWD advises the public to provide responsible types of assistance such as conducting organized gift-giving and caroling activities, feeding sessions, story-telling, and medical missions at the activity centers in the local government units (LGUs),” the DSWD said in a statement.—AAC

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