89 Punong Barangays nationwide suspended over SAP Tranche 1 anomalies — DILG

Maris Federez   •   September 12, 2020   •   733

MANILA, Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman (OMB) has placed some 89 Punong Barangays (village chiefs) across the country on a six-month preventive suspension following the filing of complaints by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) against them for anomalies and irregularities involving the implementation of the first tranche of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP).

A statement released on Saturday (Sept. 12) said DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año has given out directives to the respective municipal/city mayors of these barangay heads “to immediately implement the order of the Office of the Ombudsman upon receipt while the DILG regional and field officers were directed to ensure the orderly implementation of the said mass suspension.”

Año thanked Ombudsman Samuel Martires for his immediate action on the complaints filed by the Department against the erring PBs.

The statement added that the suspension would serve as a stern warning to all local government units that the Department will not tolerate any wrong-doing on their part.

“Naway magsilbing babala ang suspensiyon na ito sa iba pang mga lokal na opisyales. Ang katiwalian ay walang puwang sa ating pamahalaan lalong-lalo pa ngayong panahon ng pandemya,” Año said.  

DILG cited the OMB Order dated September 2, 2020, which said that “the evidence on record shows that the guilt of these punong barangays is strong and the charges against them involve Serious Dishonesty, Grave Misconduct, Abuse of Authority and Conduct Prejudicial to the Best Interest of the Service which may warrant removal from the service.”

DILG Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said that the suspension of the 89 Punong Barangays is “the first such mass suspension in the history of the country.”

He added that such “is just the latest in a series of moves undertaken by the DILG to weed out corrupt officials in the implementation of the SAP.”

In relation to this, Malaya said that the PNP-CIDG has already filed criminal cases against 447 individuals for violations of RA 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act), RA 11469 (Bayanihan Act I), and RA 6713 (Code of Conduct of Government Officials and Employees), among others.

The DILG also reported that Region I, the National Capital Region, and Region II topped the list of with the most number of suspended PBs, while Cordillera Administrative Region and Caraga recorded the least number. Only Region XII has no suspended PBs among all regions. — /mbmf

DILG calls for more volunteers to support 3-day COVID-19 vaccination drive

Robie de Guzman   •   November 25, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has called for more volunteers to support all local government units (LGU) during the three-day national vaccination drive.

The three-day campaign, dubbed as “Bayanihan Bakunahan,” will be held from November 29 to December 1. It aims to inoculate 15 million Filipinos across 16 regions outside of Metro Manila.

In a statement, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said this program is “the most ambitious vaccination undertaking in the country to date,” and they need many volunteers, especially those with medical backgrounds, to assist in the more than 12,000 vaccination sites nationwide.

“We, therefore, urge everyone to become heroes not only by getting vaccinated but also by volunteering their services during the three-day vaccination drive,” he added.

Año urged state or private colleges and universities, especially those that are offering medical and nursing courses, to mobilize doctors, nurses, and nursing students to assist LGUs during the campaign.

Among the volunteers needed for the campaign are vaccination teams that include medical doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, midwives, first responders, paramedics, other health professionals, teachers, and professors.

“They will be assigned as health screeners, vaccinators, post vaccination monitors, or health educators. The projected number of health professionals needed is around 100,000” Año said.

For the vaccination drive management team, the DILG said the volunteers needed are data professionals, teachers, and school personnel, accountants, students, government employees, Sangguniang Kabataan, or any willing and trained data personnel and volunteers.

“They will be assigned as Encoders or Talliers or Data Consolidators,” the department added.

The DILG said LGUs are already mobilizing barangay officials and barangay-based institutions to bring people to the more than 12,000 proposed vaccination sites.

“Bukod sa ating mga LGUs, napakalaki po ng parte ng bawat mamamayan sa paparating na Bayanihan Bakunahan. Kaya naman, inaanyayahan po namin ang lahat na makiisa at mag-volunteer. Let us live out the spirit of bayanihan and defeat the pandemic,” Año said.

“Mag-volunteer sa inyong LGU para sa anumang suporta na maaaring maibigay. Hikayatin at tulungan magpabakuna ang mga kapamilya at kaibigan para sa ating pagsalubong sa ligtas na bagong normal lalo na ngayong magpa-Pasko at sa nalalapit na pagpasok ng bagong taon,” he added.

Volunteers can sign up through the National Volunteer Registration portal.

“LGUs must also ensure that the enlistment of volunteers thru the National Vaccination Volunteer Registration (NVVR) is properly managed by assigning a point person who will coordinate and communicate with the volunteers, and a data manager to download the list of volunteers with their contact details from the Vaccination Operations Reporting System (VORS),” the DILG said.

In a memorandum circular, Año also urged LGUs to expand the number of vaccination sites to include schools, malls, cinemas, restaurants, and other public places.

He also said LGUs should see to it that all vaccines that shall be used in the nationwide campaign are ready and will be properly distributed to the vaccination sites.

After the three-day vaccination drive, the DILG said it will be evaluating the performance of the LGUs.

They will also be required to submit a report to DILG’s Emergency Operations Center on December 3.

“From December 2-31, 2021, the DILG will be assessing and evaluating the reports and will be recognizing and commending LGUs who have achieved their daily targets for the NVD. The DILG will also provide feedback and report to the LGU,” it said.

President Rodrigo Duterte has declared the dates November 29, 30 and December 1 as Bayanihan, Bakunahan COVID-19 vaccination days,

Under Proclamation No. 1253, issued by Duterte on Wednesday, employees and workers of the government and the private sector, who will be vaccinated during this period, shall not be considered absent from their work.


DILG to tap SK members as data encoders for 3-day vaccination drive

Robie de Guzman   •   November 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Members of the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) will be mobilized as data encoders in the government’s three-day national vaccination drive from November 29 to December 1, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said.

In a statement released on Monday, the DILG said this is to ensure sufficient manpower during the simultaneous vaccination drive dubbed as “Bayanihan Bakunahan” program.

“Sisiguraduhin po ng DILG na ang logistical needs ng ating pagbabakuna ay ating makakamit. Alam po natin na kailangan natin ng maraming data encoders and on the part of the DILG, we will mobilize the Sangguniang Kabataan nationwide,” said DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya.

He said the youth sector led by the SK has expressed willingness to extend manpower support to the three-day vaccination drive to ensure the smooth conduct of the activity.

The DILG is closely coordinating with the National Youth Commission and the SK Federation on this matter, he added.

The department will also mobilize the Philippine National Police (PNP) to maintain peace and order in the vaccination sites, while medical teams from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), and Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and the PNP will also be asked to help in the conduct of vaccination.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will also be tapped to help ensure the peaceful conduct of vaccination in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDA) areas.

Malaya also said that a Memorandum Circular will be issued, directing all local government units (LGUs) to prepare enough manpower in vaccination to meet their daily targets.

“Buong puwersa po ng DILG pati ang ating mga local government units ay nakatutok at susuporta sa Bayanihan Bakunahan. The government aims to vaccinate 15-million Filipinos in the three-day activity in order to reach our goal of population protection the soonest possible time,” he said.

Aside from the SK and the DILG’s attached agencies, Malaya said that the Department of Education (DepEd) will also deploy teachers to be encoders during the vaccination drive.

“Kami po ay nagpapasalamat sa DepEd dahil ang mga eskwelahan po ay gagamitin din natin na vaccination sites para dito sa malaki nating programa,” he said.

In addition, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will provide additional encoders through the Government Internship Program (GIP).

To entice more people to get vaccinated during the three-day vaccination program, Malaya said that the DILG will also conduct social mobilization activities such as town hall meetings in barangays to address vaccine hesitancy and vaccine preference.

“Inaanyayahan po natin ang bawat Pilipino na maging bayani at makiisa dito sa programang ito. Para po sa mga hindi pa nababakunahan, magparehistro na po tayo sa pinakamalapit na LGU sa inyong lugar,” said Malaya.

“Sa mga bakunado na po, mag volunteer po tayo sa ating mga LGU dahil nangangailangan po tayo ng mga vaccinators. Nangangailangan din po tayo ng mga data encoders at kung ano-ano pa,” he added.

The government will launch the program in a bid to scale up the country’s vaccination rate, especially in areas whose immunization drives are facing logistical challenges and limitations.

To date, about 33.8 million Filipinos have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 since the immunization campaign started in March.

The government has been eyeing to vaccinate up to 70 million people to achieve population protection against the viral disease.

Establishments violating public health protocols may face closure, safety seal revocation – DILG

Robie de Guzman   •   November 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has warned of  sanctions against establishments that are not complying with minimum public health standards and other guidelines set under the COVID-19 Alert Levels System.

In a statement, DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said establishments violating COVID-19 safety rules and regulations may face suspension of their business permits or revocation of their safety seals.

Malaya said the DILG has been receiving complaints related to violation of operational capacity limits and failure to implement the requirement of allowing fully vaccinated individuals only in indoor establishments such as restaurants, amusement parks, recreational venues, fitness studios and gyms, etc.

“Many restaurants and indoor establishments are not checking the vaccination status of their customers and are violating the 50% operational capacity for indoor establishments and 70% operational capacity of outdoor establishments,” he said.

He said that these establishments are “strongly warned” that government will revoke the Safety Seals issued to them which will deprive them of the additional 10% operational capacity as well as lose the badge of honor that they are compliant with all public health standards against COVID-19.

For repeat violators or those without Safety Seals, the DILG said it will recommend the revocation of their business permits issued by the Local Government Unit (LGU) concerned.

The department has asked all LGUs and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to conduct more inspections of establishments to ensure compliance with COVID-19 guidelines.

LGUs were also told to issue show cause orders against violators.

“We cannot be complacent at this time. Even if cases are going down and vaccination is going up, we cannot put our guard down. Look at Europe, their vaccination rate is high but they are now undergoing a new surge. Vigilance will prevent another surge,” said Malaya.

According to Malaya, the DILG has directed all LGUs to create Inspection and Certification Teams (ICT) to lead in the granting of the Safety Seal to establishments compliant with the MPHS. Uniformed personnel of the PNP and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) may also be deputized by LGUs to conduct Safety Seal inspections if they lack the personnel to do so.

The DILG likewise urged the public report violations to the concerned issuing authority of the Safety Seal – the DTI, DILG, DOLE, DOT or LGUs – for investigation and imposition of appropriate sanctions.

Violations by business establishments with safety seals issued by the DILG or LGUs may be reported to the DILG Public Assistance Hotline 892-50343; 892-51144; 09274226300; 09313849272.


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