DILG directs PNP, LGUs to strictly enforce use of face shield
Marje Pelayo • March 24, 2021 • 220
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Tuesday (March 23) directed the Philippine National Police (PNP) and all local government units (LGUs) to intensify the implementation of the face shield requirement.
Interior Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said such a directive is to curb the spread of COVID-19 given the rising number of cases in the country.
He said that based on the latest National Task Force Against COVID-19 (NTF) data, the use of face shield at present is observed at 32 percent only as compared to the use of face masks which is at 91 percent.
Malaya cited a study from medical experts that the combined population effectiveness of using both face masks and face shields is only at 26 percent instead of 80 percent if the use was more prevalent.
“Therefore we have to increase the use of face shields to get the maximum protection at this time of the surge,” he said.
To get more people to use both the face masks and the face shields, the agency is planning to mobilize all its force multipliers in the barangays to enforce the face shield protocol.
Also, Malaya suggested that when at home, families should discourage accepting visitors from outside the immediate family or household especially when they have members who are senior citizens.
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) warned the public to be vigilant against fake coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines being sold abroad.
DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya on Monday (May 3) confirmed that the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a global media advisory warning about fake vaccines being sold in Mexico and Poland.
“Mayroon na pong pinalabas na global media alert ang WHO, kung saan mayroon ngang pekeng bakuna na di umano’y Pfizer na bakuna na nabebenta sa bansang Mexico at Poland,” Malaya said.
The discovered fake vaccine bears lot number 78201 and expiry date of August 24.
Following the global advisory, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año ordered local government units (LGUs) to ensure that they are only transacting with authorized vaccine suppliers to prevent health risks.
“While there is no information yet on the presence of the fake vaccines in the country, LGUs should exercise increased diligence as these fake vaccines may be dangerous to the health of those who get inoculated,” Año said.
The DILG Secretary also directed the Philippine National Police to remain alert on the issue of fake COVID-19 vaccines.
Año also asked the public to immediately report any information on the presence or use of fake vaccines in the country to the National Task Force Vaccine Cluster, via email at email@example.com or mobile number +639178237310.
So far, no fake vaccines have been reported in the country, according to Malaya.
“Dito po sa ating bansa, hanggang sa ngayon, wala pa rin tayong namo-monitor na nagbebenta nito, but tayo po ay nakikipag-ugnayan na sa BOC at FDA para masiguro po natin na hindi makakapasok sa ating bansa ang mga bakunang ito,” he said.
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will start the distribution of the P1,000 per person national government aid to residents in areas under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) on Wednesday, April 7.
The agency reminds the local government units (LGUs) to post the list of beneficiaries before they proceed with the distribution.
“Kailangan na ipaskil muna ang pangalan ng mga indibidwal na benepisyaryo ng ayuda,” said DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya citing Joint Memorandum Circular signed by the DILG, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of National Defense (DND).
“Kailangan po ipaskil ang mga listahang ito sa mga barangay hall at sa mga social media accounts ng ating mga LGU kasama na rin ang Facebook,” he added.
In case of irregularities in the conduct of the distribution of aid, Malaya said the public may direct their complaints to the Grievance and Appeal Committees of the concerned LGU.
The official also reiterated the DILG’s warning to local chief executives not to use the cash aid distribution in early campaigning.
“Hindi pwede isilid sa envelope na may picture nila ang ayudang ito from the national government,” Malaya stressed. “Magsasampa po ang DILG ng kaukulang kaso sa lahat ng lumabag sa kautusang ito.”
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Wednesday called on local government units in Metro Manila to adopt uniform curfew hours.
In a statement, DILG spokesperson and Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said that implementing uniform curfew hours across 16 cities and a municipality in Metro Manila would make it easier for the public to comply as people tend to live and work in different localities.
“Mahirap po sa ating mga kababayan kung paiba-iba ang curfew hours dahil malilito po sila sa pagsunod nito. It would also be easier for the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) to implement the curfew if the hours are uniform across Metro Manila,” Malaya said.
DILG officer-in-charge Bernardo Florece Jr. earlier directed all LGUs and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to implement a crackdown on quarantine violators, impose a curfew, and intensify the enforcement of minimum public health standards in all barangays as new COVID-19 cases have reached more than 3,000 cases a day for three days now.
Malaya said that, at present, different LGUs in Metro Manila have imposed different curfew hours: 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. in Muntinlupa and Caloocan; 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. in Malabon, Navotas, Quezon City, and Marikina; and 12 midnight to 3 a.m. in Pateros and San Juan; 12 midnight to 4 a.m. in Valenzuela, Pasay, Parañaque, Taguig, Las Piñas, Makati City, Mandaluyong City; and 12 midnight to 5 a.m. in Manila and Pasig.
He said that the DILG will leave it to the mayors on what hours to impose but suggested that the curfew should start at 10:00 p.m.
“Violators should be fined or otherwise penalized for violating all health protocols especially the curfew,” he added.
Malaya likewise stressed that the policy on wearing of face masks and face shields and physical distancing should be strictly imposed in all LGUs and that violators should be fined based on the prevailing ordinances.
Temperature checks and filling out contact tracing forms manually or thru the StaySafe.PH app should remain a must in all establishments and workplaces.
The DILG also ordered the deployment of additional contact tracers in areas with rising cases to aid the local contact tracing teams in identifying close contacts and having them tested.
The department said that the LGUs can reverse the rising trend of coronavirus cases by ensuring no lag time from symptom onset, testing, contact tracing, and isolation and by strictly implementing the 10-day isolation and 14-day quarantine for those positive and with symptoms.
“LGUs should also see to it that there is good ventilation in workspaces and other settings to prevent the transmission of the virus,” he said.
LGUs can implement localized lockdown within a sitio, street, or block without the need to request approval from the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, he added.
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