Deadline for LGU road clearing ops extended anew – DILG

Robie de Guzman   •   January 25, 2021   •   294

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Monday announced that the deadline for the road clearing operations of the local government units (LGU) has been extended anew.

In a statement, the DILG said the deadline for the road clearing efforts has been extended to February 15 to give LGUs ample time to prepare their local COVID-19 vaccination plans.

The DILG initially set the deadline on January 15 then extended it to January 22.

The department, with President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to rid streets of illegal obstructions, announced in November last year the resumption of nationwide road clearing operations, giving the LGUs 60 days to comply.

It recently tasked LGUs to come up with a local vaccination plan that contains the preparation of risk communication plans and conduct of early vaccine communication campaigns to disseminate critical information on COVID-19 vaccination.

The plan must also include a master list of priority eligible vaccine population; identification of possible vaccine centers, available cold chain storages, and other logistical requirements; and a master list of existing human resources and personnel needed in the vaccination program, among others.

“The Department is fully cognizant of the urgency for LGUs to prepare their vaccination plans against COVID-19 that’s why the road clearing timeline is extended anew. This is, however, the last extension to be granted by the DILG,” DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said.

“We need to give LGUs time to focus on their local vaccination plans so we are giving them more time to undertake their road-clearing operations,” he added.

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año previously said that the road clearing operations now are different due to the coronavirus pandemic.

He said full implementation of the road clearing operations is enforced in areas under modified general community quarantine. Partial implementation is executed in areas under general community quarantine while road clearing operations in areas under modified enhanced community quarantine and enhanced community quarantine are suspended.

With the extension of the deadline, the DILG said the validation period of LGUs compliance has also been moved to February 16 until March 2, 2021.

“The deadline of the submission of all consolidated validation reports from the DILG regional offices will be one week after the end of the validation period or on March 9, 2021. We will not allow any modification in the report after submission,” Malaya said.

Among the validation requisites are the actual removal of road obstructions; enactment of an enabling ordinance; conduct of an inventory of road obstructions; crafting and implementation of a displacement plan; rehabilitation of cleared roads; creation of a grievance mechanism; as well as the Tricycle Route Plan, the DILG earlier said.

To ensure close coordination on the submission of reports, Malaya said DILG regional offices must designate one road clearing focal person whose names should be submitted to the DILG Central Office by February 2, 2021.

DILG Regional Offices are also given until February 9 to submit to the DILG Central Office a directory of the members of all their validation teams for each province, city, and municipality within their region.

LGUs are also enjoined to submit to validation teams as attachments to the reports, photographs, videos, presentations, reports, and other means of verifications (MOVs) that support their compliance.

“Inaasahan po ng DILG ang full cooperation ng LGUs para sa maayos na validation process. Within the validation period, LGUs shall submit reports detailing their compliance to the components of road clearing to the Validation Team. Strictly no report, no score,” Malaya said.

PNP should not interfere with community pantry, DILG’s Año says

Robie de Guzman   •   April 20, 2021

 

Community pantry

MANILA, Philippines – Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año on Tuesday said that police and local government executives should not interfere with community pantries and other similar initiatives organized by private groups.

Año issued the statement following reports that some of the community pantry organizers were being red-tagged and profiled by alleged government authorities.

The DILG chief said police and local government interference should only be limited to ensuring that health protocols are being implemented.

“Since this is a purely voluntary and private initiative, we should not interfere except to ensure that minimum health standards are complied with,” Año said.

“Hence, organizers must adhere to existing laws and local ordinances especially those issued to prevent the spread of Covid-19,” he added.

Año also clarified that he did not order the Philippine National Police (PNP) to look into the community pantries around the country.

“The community pantry has been a traditional practice in our country as part of Bayanihan culture and spirit specially in the times of calamities and disasters,” he said.

“In the spirit of Bayanihan, many Filipinos have been doing selfless acts of kindness since last year.

As long as the intention is good and without political color, it should be encouraged and supported,” he added.

As to the issue of whether organizers are required to secure barangay permits, the DILG chief said that organizers should “consult with the concerned barangays if such is required.”

“The PNP and/or local officials may just come in if there is any violation of law, if there are complaints from the community, or if the organizers seek their help,” he said.

“The LGUs, barangays and the PNP are ready to provide utmost assistance to ensure orderly distribution to the public,” he added.

DILG Sec. Año returns to work after more than 3 months in hospital

Marje Pelayo   •   April 16, 2021

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año

 

MANILA, Philippines – Secretary Eduardo Año of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is returning to work on Friday (April 16) after more than three months of hospital care.

In a statement, Interior Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said the DILG chief already received clearance from his doctors, though it will be on a work-from-home setup until he is fully recovered.

“After more than three months of grueling struggle, including a heart operation, the Secretary is well, in high spirits, and ready to reassume his duties in the Department as well as in the National Task Force COVID-19 and in the IATF-EID,” Malaya said.

“He will start by first working from home and eventually to full normal routine,” he noted.

Malaya expressed gratitude to the public for respecting the DILG Chief’s privacy in the past few months and “for giving him the time to rest, recuperate, and fully recover.’

Aplikasyon para sa higit 4,000 dagdag contact tracers sa Metro Manila, bubuksan sa Abril 16 — DILG

Robie de Guzman   •   April 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Sisimulan na sa Biyernes ang pagtanggap ng aplikasyon para sa mga nais magtrabaho bilang contact tracer upang mapaigting ang tracing efforts ng pamahalaan kontra COVID-19.

Ayon sa Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), kabuuang 4,574 na dagdag contact tracers ang balak kunin ng pamahalaan para sa Metro Manila, na itinuturing na epicenter ng COVID-19 sa bansa.

“Simula po bukas, open na yung ating hiring, at ito ay magtatapos hanggang April 22,” ang pahayag ni DILG Undersecretary Bernardo Florece sa isang press briefing ngayong Huwebes.

Aniya, P537 kada araw ang sweldo ng isang contact tracer at tatagal ng tatlong buwan ang kanilang kontrata.

Kabilang sa mga kuwalipikasyon ay high school graduate at prayoridad na kunin ang mga nasa informal working sector na nawalan ng trabaho dahil sa pandemya.

Para sa mga interesadong mag-apply, magsumite ng letter of application, barangay certification, medical certificate at iba pang kinakailangang mga dokumento sa pamamagitan ng electronic mail (e-mail) sa Office of the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) ng mga lokal na pamahalaan.

Ayon sa DILG, sa Mayo 1 target na mai-deploy ang mga bagong contact tracer pagkatapos sumailalim sa training. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

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