DILG expects 1,000 newly hired contact tracers to start working this week

Marje Pelayo   •   May 4, 2021   •   319

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has confirmed that around 1,000 newly hired contact tracers are expected to start work this week.

“We expect siguro by this week mayroon nang magsisimula na magtrabaho sa contact tracers, around 1,000 ay makakatapos na ng kanilang training na isasagawa ng DILG at the Local Government Academy,” DILG Spokesman Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said during the Laging Handa public briefing on Monday (May 3).

Malaya added that so far, they have already assessed the applications of more than 2,000 out of over 10,000 applicants for the job.

“Doon sa 5,754 na ide-deploy natin sa NCR ay 2,696 na po ang na-assess natin, at more than 10,000 po ang nag-apply,” he noted.

The contact tracers may renew their contract after three months if they wish to continue with the job.

The official added that the salary of the newly hired contact tracers will be funded by the Department of Labor and Employment’s Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged / Displaced Workers (DOLE-TUPAD).

The program has allotted around P280 million for the three months’ salary of 5,754 contract tracers at P537/day which is the minimum wage rate at the National Capital Region under its TUPAD program.

DILG calls on CPP-NPA to turn over members responsible for Masbate mine blast

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has called on the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) to turn over members involved in the Masbate mine blast.

After the CPP-NPA took responsibility for the incident, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said the group should be held accountable for the death of football player Kieth Absalon and his cousin Novlen Absalon.

“Now that the CPP-NPA has accepted full responsibility for the senseless murder, it now becomes their duty to turn over the terrorists responsible for the deaths so that justice maybe served to their families and loved ones,” he said in a statement. Año also assured the safety of the suspects while undergoing trial.

“The ends of justice require that those responsible must be held accountable for their crimes against the people under the laws of the Republic of the Philippines,” he said.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) are prepared to file criminal charges against the CPP-NPA members involved in the incident. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

DILG issues guidelines governing violations of health protocols

Marje Pelayo   •   June 8, 2021


MANILA, Philippines — The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Monday (June 7) detailed important points of the joint memorandum circular on guidelines governing quarantine violations.

The memorandum was signed between the DILG, the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Department of Justice (DOJ).

The guidelines detailed the roles of each agency in terms of apprehending health protocol violators.

Specifically, the local government will be responsible in identifying and locating holding areas for persons cited for violation. The local chief executive should ensure the strict implementation of health measures and laws against mass gatherings, and mobilize barangay officials for its enforcement. Any erring official should be held accountable for that matter.

Based on DILG’s latest record, around 28,087 have been warned for not wearing face masks, while 11,055 have been warned for violation of physical distancing policy. Furthermore, 579 have been apprehended for conducting unauthorized mass gathering.

So far, 44 individuals have been arrested and subjected to inquest for not wearing a face mask and two for not observing proper distancing.

Overall, a total of 50,021 individuals have been cited for not wearing a face mask, the most common violation and the highest in number so far. This is followed by 13,882 individuals who violated the physical distancing protocols and 613 for conducting unauthorized mass gathering.

DILG to simplify, fast track registration for mass inoculation efforts in June

Marje Pelayo   •   May 27, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will issue a memorandum circular to fast track the conduct of mass inoculation once the COVID-19 vaccine supplies arrive in June.

According to DILG Secretary Eduardo Año, the agency will require local government units (LGUs) to speed up the preparation of the masterlists of COVID vaccine recipients.

Año stressed that they want the registration process to be simpler with only vital information required in the form.

“The simpler the better. Mahirap iyong marami pang masyadong itinatanong at natatakot ang ating mamamayan sa pagrerehistro,” the official said.

In consideration to those who cannot access the registration online, Año said they are planning to utilize all platforms not only through social media but even apply the traditional method to make sure that the entire population will get vaccinated.

“Pagsasabayin natin ang traditional at social media based platforms sa pagrerehistro. Ang ating mga senior, mga mahihirap na kababayan ang iba dyan walang smartphone, walang WiFi, walang computer. Kaya gusto natin ay kasama din ang tradisyunal na pamamaraan,” the DILG Secretary noted.

To reach those in the remote areas and those without access to the internet, the DILG will send personnel to go from house to house and will assign specific teams to visit and assist the indigent population.

Also, an aggressive information campaign will be launched to boost vaccine confidence and LGUs will be required to provide free service vehicles that would ferry vaccine recipients to the vaccination sites.

Año encourages LGUs to be in partnership with the private sector, non-government and religious organizations as well as homeowners to allow their establishments to become vaccination sites to fast track the government’s vaccination program.

To date, Año said all 42,000 barangay health centers are now gearing up for the mass vaccination and a total of 25,994 LGUs have already submitted their respective vaccination plans.


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