Marikina completes road clean-up ahead of 60-day deadline; QC clears 80 barangays so far

Maris Federez   •   August 16, 2019   •   1490

Even before the 60-day deadline set by the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Marikina City has cleared 100 percent of the streets and sidewalks in the city.

“Ang ginagawa ng Marikina ngayon ay maintenance na.  Based on the assesment sa compliance team ng DILG sa Marikina complied na ang Marikina at tapos na ang Marikina sa clearing of sidewalks and road ways [What Marikina is doing now is maintenance. Based on the assessment of the DILG compliance team, Marikina has complied with the clearing of sidewalks and road ways],” Mayor Marcy Teodoro said.

The DILG ordered the local government to submit a report stating the measures they took to clear the roads and sidewalks.

DILG Secretary Eduardo Ano said that what the Marikina City is doing, and even what it has done in the past, is worth emulating.

“Ang maganda sa Marikina paglabas mo ng bangketa hindi na sayo yan, pagaari na ng publiko yan kaya walang hari ng bangketa dun.  Kaya dapat masundan natin ginawa ng Marikina [What is great about Marikina is that once you step out to the sidewalk, it’s not part of your property anymore. It’s owned by the public so no one can be a bully and own it. So we really need to follow what Marikina has done],” Ano added.

Meanwhile, the Quezon City government has cleaned up 80 barangays in the past three weeks since the DILG ordered it.

QC mayor Joy Belmonte said it was a tall order for them to maintain the roads and the sidewalks free from obstruction.

To address this, the local government will implement a stricter policy against illegal parking.

“Mag pi-print tayo ng maraming violation tickets. Tiket lang ng ticket. Tingin ko that is a good solution para masanay sila. Kung magviolate sila ng mag violate eh seryoso tayo ipenalized sila. [We will print many violation tickets. We will issue tickets left and right. I think that is a good solution for them to get used to it. If they will violate repeatedly, we will show them we are serious to penalize them], Belmonte said.

“Nagpabili na rin ako ng maraming wheel clamping devices para mag wheel clamping na tayo [I have also ordered to purchase as many wheel-clamping devices so we can already do wheel clamping (on vehicles)],” she added.

As she promised last week, the QC government demolished the barangay hall of Damayang Lagi in a clearing operation conducted on Friday, together with the DILG and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

Dmayang Lagi officials are now temporarily holding office at an improvised container van.

Belmonte said they still need to demolish 17 more barangay halls in the entire city to decongest the streets.

The group also destroyed a police traffic sector in Balintawak as it causes traffic congestion in the area.

The DILG will once again meet with the metro mayors for the assessment of their clearing operations and identify areas that are yet to be developed by the local governments. (from the report of Joan Nano) /mbmf

DILG to discuss with LGUs, PNP parameters of Duterte’s new order to arrest mask violators

Marje Pelayo   •   May 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday (May 5) ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to arrest people who are not wearing their face mask properly in public.

President Duterte made the order during his pre-recorded address after noting that some people mindlessly don a face mask just so they can comply with the protocol.

“Itong mask, ‘yung iba, for compliance lang. Naglalagay ng mask pero nakalabas ‘yung ilong. I-detain mo tapos imbestigahan mo siya kung bakit ganoon ang behavior,“ he told the PNP adding that he has to be strict to curb COVID-19 transmission.

“Kapag hindi ko higpitan, walang mangyayari. Iyan nga, for compliance lang kayo,” he added.

In an interview following Duterte’s announcement, DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said they still have to discuss the new directive with the PNP.

“I think the President was serious. We will have to sit down with the Philippine National Police [..] to determine the parameters of the presidential directive. And we have to reconcile this with the various ordinances that were issued by the LGUs,” Malaya noted.

“I must emphasize that what people are violating here are local ordinances that were issued by the local sanggunian. We will take a look on how we can implement this directive of the President,” he added.

As for the quarantine violations, Malaya stressed that the IATF resolution is implemented through ordinances passed by the local government units. The penalty for a specific violation would depend on each LGU.

“So we may have to talk with the LGUs and of course the Philippine National Police,” Malaya said.

Malaya emphasized that it is the responsibility of the local chief executives and barangay officials to implement all minimum health standards in their respective jurisdictions.

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

Marje Pelayo   •   May 4, 2021

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.

QC gov’t asks DOH, FDA to make clear stand on use, distribution of ivermectin

Robie de Guzman   •   April 30, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Quezon City government has called on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Health (DOH) to issue a clear stand on the safety and general use of anti-parasitic drug ivermectin.

In a statement issued on Thursday, City Health officer-in-charge Dr. Esperanza Arias said a firm stand by the national regulatory agencies will “help set the record straight regarding the legality and efficacy of the drug, including its distribution to the general public.”

The city health office made the call following reports of the distribution of ivermectin to residents of Old Balara wherein each beneficiary supposedly received a minimum of three capsules or tablets.

“We were not given a go signal by the FDA to use ivermectin as a prophylaxis or cure against COVID-19 since it’s still pending further studies. Hence, we cannot use it nor endorse it,” Arias said.

“But on the other hand, we cannot also stop its distribution since use of it against COVID has not been declared illegal as well,” she added.

The city health office advised citizens to remain vigilant, as the drug has not yet been proven to be effective against the virus and allegedly causes side effects.

“The city government continues to stand by the science-backed recommendation that vaccination is still the safe and effective way of protecting people against COVID-19, together with the strict adherence to minimum health standards,” Arias said.

She also expressed hope that Anakalusugan Partylist Rep. Mike Defensor and House Deputy Speaker Rodante Marcoleta would accept accountability for any adverse effects their distribution activity may cause the general population in the future.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra earlier said that he has yet to determine whether the two exemptions cited by FDA Director General Eric Domingo have sound legal bases.

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