DILG reminds LGUs: Validation of road clearing ops to start Feb. 16

Robie de Guzman   •   February 15, 2021   •   377

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has reminded local government units that the validation of their road clearing operations will start on Tuesday, February 16 following its deadline on Monday.

The DILG said that for LGUs under general community quarantine (GCQ) with a required partial implementation of road clearing, validation teams will select three to 10 local roads within the LGU and assess whether road obstructions exist along or within the entirety of the selected roads.

The schedule of the assessment will be determined solely by the validation teams.

LGUs under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) will be validated according to their full implementation of road clearing operations.

The seven components include the removal of road obstructions, enactment of an enabling ordinance, the conduct of an inventory of road obstructions, crafting and implementation of a displacement plan, rehabilitation of cleared roads, creation of a grievance mechanism, and compliance with the ban on tricycles along national roads.

“The LGUs’ compliance with the ban of tricycles on national highways shall also be checked,” the department added.

The DILG has enjoined LGUs to submit as attachments to the reports, photographs, videos, presentations, reports, and other means of verifications (MOVs) that support their compliance.

DILG officer-in-charge, Undersecretary Bernardo Florece, Jr. said the validation period is until March 2 for all provinces, cities and municipalities.

All DILG regional offices, on the other hand, have until March 9 to submit their respective compliance data and forms as well as attachments to the DILG Central Office – Bureau of Local Government Supervision (BLGS).

The department, through the BLGS, will ensure that all LGUs will adhere to the principles of road clearing, even beyond the validation period making it a whole-year-round program.

Florece assured that the DILG will be fair in the road-clearing validation but will point out the deficiencies so that this can be immediately acted upon by concerned LGUs.

“One of the strategies that we will adopt is that once a road is cleared by the LGU, a contract is drawn up and signed by the barangay captain who then is now responsible for maintaining the cleared roads,” he said in a statement.

“There will also be an exit conference with the mayor so that he is advised of the results of the validation,” he added.

Florece also reminded LGUs to place no-parking signs and other visual cues in cleared roads to discourage people from parking or placing obstructions on roads again.

The DILG official acknowledged that with the expected arrival of the COVID-19 vaccines, LGUs may have their hands full but he nonetheless challenges them to comply with the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte to clear public roads. 

“Nais po nating makita ang tagumpay ng road clearing operations sa buong bansa ngunit ayaw rin nating maantala ang rollout ng vaccine kaya’t dapat galingan ng ating mga mayor,” he said.

Meanwhile, DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya urged LGUs to include the promotion of road discipline and education in line with the conduct of their road clearing operations.

“Hindi po dapat nagtatapos ang ating trabaho sa road clearing operations. Sa panahong ang mga kalsada sa buong bansa ay naibalik na sa publiko, responsibilidad din po nating panatiliin itong ligtas,” he said.

“Disiplina sa kalsada ang ambag ng bawat isa para sa maayos na daloy ng trapiko. Ang maayos na transportasyon ay may malaking epekto sa ekonomiya ng bawat LGU at ng buong bansa,” he added.

Malaya stressed the road clearing and safety operation is a year-round activity that requires sustained effort and implementation.

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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