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Roxas wants tighter mall security, police drive vs. “yuletide criminals”

December 19, 2013

MANILA, Philippines -- Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas has ordered the police to work double time to identify and arrest the perpetrators of the SM North EDSA jewelry heist Sunday night as he ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to coordinate with mall owners to enhance the security of shopping areas during the Yuletide...

Roxas orders crackdown on illegal firecrackers

December 18, 2013

Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas today directed the country’s governors, mayors and barangay executives to strictly enforce existing laws prohibiting the sale of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices that may cause injuries or death during the celebration of the Yuletide season.

            Roxas, at the...

Roxas to Romualdez: Stop rewriting history

December 11, 2013

MANILA, Philippines --Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas today advised Tacloban Mayor Alfred Romualdez to stop distorting facts related to government’s disaster response on Supertyphoon Yolanda, saying the Aquino administration readily provided relief assistance to all local officials affected by the calamity regardless of their political...

Faster oil spill clean-up sought three months 'unacceptable' - Roxas

December 7, 2013
Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas today urged the private contractor hired for clean-up operations of the oil spill in Estancia, Iloilo, to work double-time in order to contain the impact areas and keep the environmental damage to a minimum.
Roxas, at the same time, advised local officials in Estancia to coordinate with regional officials of national government agencies...

Kiram Family representatives pay courtesy call on Roxas

December 7, 2013

MANILA, Philippines -- Today, Secretary Mar Roxas received a letter from Datu Esmail Kiram and other family members of the late Datu Jamalul Kiram III.
The letter conveyed to Secretary Roxas in a courtesy call in Camp Crame, aims to inform the government of various concerns of the Punjungan Kiram branch of the heirs of the Sultanate of Sulu. The Secretary of the Interior and Local...

Roxas seeks ‘cash-for-work’ scheme for residents in oil spill-affected areas.

December 7, 2013

Manila, Philippines -- Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas today advised local officials in Iloilo to coordinate with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and map out a ‘cash-for-work’ program for residents displaced by the oil spill in the town of Estancia.
            “Hinihiling ko...

Roxas: LGUs build better, safer communities.

December 7, 2013

Manila, Philippines -- While in Palawan and Aklan, Roxas advised local government units (LGUs) to review and update their Comprehensive Land Use Plans (CLUPs) and Comprehensive Development Plans (CDPs) as part of efforts to build safer communities, bearing in mind climate change impacts and with “Yolanda as the new normal”.
“Mahalaga ang leksyon na natutunan natin...

Roxas: Boracay and Palawan ‘Back in Business’ after Yolanda

December 7, 2013

Manila, Philippines -- Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas today reported that tourism business in Palawan and Boracay have begun to normalize a few weeks after Super Typhoon Yolanda devastated both areas last November 8.
“Bilib ako sa ipinakitang tatag ng loob ng mga taga-Palawan at Boracay gayundin sa pagsisikap nilang ibangon muli ang kanilang mga...

Metro congressmen vows support for ‘Yolanda’ survivors

November 21, 2013

     In support of the government’s “Yolanda” disaster response in the Visayas, Metro Manila members of House of Representatives have committed to help survivors of the supertyphoon who have fled the Visayas to seek refuge in Metro Manila.

     Quezon City 2nd District Rep. Winston “Winnie” Castelo, chairman of the House...

Roxas: Intrigues won’t stop Government relief effort

November 21, 2013

Roughly 275,000 families or 1.4 million individuals in Leyte and Samar provinces will continue to receive relief goods as part of the national government’s “Yolanda” disaster response, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas said Wednesday.

 

          Leyte and Samar provinces are...

Two Samar solons want Roxas to continue to lead rescue, relief and rehab operations in Yolanda-hit areas in Central and Eastern Visayas

November 21, 2013

Two lawmakers from Eastern Visayas yesterday urged Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas III to stay and continue with his task of leading inter-agency efforts for the relief and rescue operations, including rehabilitation of typhoon-devastated areas in Central and Eastern Visayas.

          Rep. Senen Mel Sarmiento...

Roxas lauds Pasay LGUs for ‘tent city’ initiative, appeals to LGUs for support

November 21, 2013

     Interior and Local Gotvernment Secretary Mar Roxas lauded local officials of Pasay City led by mayor Antonio Calixto for putting up a tent city at the Villamor Air Base Elementary School for the temporary shelter of survivors of Supertyphoon Yolanda who are fleeing the Visayas for refuge elsewhere.

     He urged other local officials to follow suit,...

Roxas okays release of QRF to aid Yolanda-affected LGUs

November 20, 2013

MANILA, Philippines -- Local government units (LGUs) nationwide have been asked to release local disaster risk reduction and management funds to provide assistance to other LGUs severely devastated by Supertyphoon “Yolanda”.

            Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Manuel Roxas III...

Mar Roxas assures steady, ample supply of food & relief goods to ‘Yolanda’ survivors in Eastern and Central Visayas

November 20, 2013

MANILA, Philippines --  Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas III today assured a steady and ample supply of life-saving food and other relief goods to survivors devastated by super typhoon ‘Yolanda’ in Eastern and Central Visayas.
 
          The DILG chief, who had been in Tacloban City before...

Stop spreading lies, focus on the job, help us help the people

November 19, 2013

MANILA, Philippines --  “Kalokohan. Nothing of that sort transpired. They better be careful in spreading lies,” Interior and Local Government Secretary and NDRRMC Vice Chair for Preparedness Manuel Roxas III said. 
           
            Roxas today...

‘Conveyor belt of food supply’ working; No more Leyte towns unreached - Roxas

November 18, 2013

MANILA, Philippines -- Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas today reported that all 40 municipalities of Leyte are now interconnected with the government’s main supply routes, making it possible for a “conveyor belt of food supply” to reach even the farthest towns.

Officials of Hilongos and Palompon, the only Leyte towns previously not reached by...

Roxas: Gov’t, Donors working overtime to help Western Visayas after Yolanda

November 18, 2013

MANILA, Philippines -- Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas assured his fellow Ilonggos that the government and volunteer workers are working double overtime to ensure the delivery of relief goods to Western Visayas residents affected by Supertyphoon Yolanda.

            “Walang dapat ipag-alala ang mga kasimanwa ko. Nagtutulungan...

Relief goods reach 38 of 40 Leyte towns on friday, Two more sked for today

November 16, 2013

Manila, Philippines -- Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas today reported that government relief workers were able to reach 38 of 40 Leyte municipalities on Friday, bringing sacks of rice and other food items to residents affected by Supertyphoon Yolanda.
            Roxas said two other Leyte municipalities, which...

ROXAS calls for ‘BAYANIHAN’ among LGUs, Asks Private Sector for volunteers.

November 11, 2013

MANILA, Philippines -- Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas today appealed to governors and mayors of provinces, cities and municipalities not affected by the Supertyphoon Yolanda to mobilize their personnel and resources in aid of communities reeling from the devastating effects of the recent calamity.

            “Napakatindi ng...

Roxas directs LGUs in Bicol, Eastern Visayas and MIMAROPA to activate local DRRMCs, monitoring systems

November 6, 2013

MANILA, Philippines -- Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas today directed all governors and mayors in the Bicol Region, Eastern Visayas and MIMAROPA to activate their local disaster risk reduction and management councils (LDRRMC) and disaster monitoring systems in preparation for a cyclone that may have the makings of a super typhoon.

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Roxas: Barangay captain who killed three siblings in Capiz captured

October 31, 2013

MANILA, Philippines -- A Capiz village chief who killed three of his siblings due to a family feud that turned into a bitter political rivalry was captured by the police a day after Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas ordered an intensive manhunt for all those responsible in violent incidents that were recorded during the Oct. 28 barangay elections.

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DILG asks local execs to mobilize forces for Undas 2013

October 30, 2013

Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas has directed the country’s city and town mayors to convene their Local Peace and Order Councils as soon as possible and adopt measures that will ensure safe and peaceful observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.

Roxas, at the same time, ordered the Philippine National Police to go on full alert in order to...

Roxas to PNP: Probe Relief Hoarding in Bohol

October 24, 2013

Manila, Philippines - Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas today ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to investigate reports that some local executives in Bohol have been hoarding relief goods that were delivered to their offices by disaster officials from the national and provincial government.

             Roxas also directed...

Roxas to Bohol Mayors: Use powers to re-open stores

October 21, 2013

MANILA, Philippines -- Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas has directed the mayors of Bohol province to exercise their executive powers in order to help normalize the flow of trade and commerce, particularly the retail selling of basic necessities, in areas devastated by the killer quake that struck Central Visayas last Oct. 15.

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Roxas relocates stranded hospital patients to BFP grounds in Cebu City

October 18, 2013

Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas on Thursday personally supervised the relocation to the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Regional Office of 84 hospital patients who had been stranded on the sidewalk of Cebu City after a major quake rocked the Visayas last Tuesday.

            Roxas allowed the temporary use of the...

Roxas assures enough supply of rice, other items in Bohol

October 16, 2013

Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas on Wednesday/October 16 assured residents of  earthquake-ravaged Bohol of enough supply of rice and other basic commodities and called on them to avoid panic-buying and hoarding. He further assured them that the government is exerting all efforts not just in relief operations but also in rebuilding lives, services and properties ...

Negligence, gas leak cause of two Serendra blast, says Roxas

October 7, 2013

MANILA, Philippines -- Foreign experts consulted by the inter-agency task force concurred with initial findings that the explosion at the Two Serendra Condominium in Taguig City last May 31 was caused by a gas leak, not a bomb, according to Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas on Thursday, October 3.

The IATF report submitted to President Aquino said that negligence...

Govt flies 209 trapped Hajj pilgrims out of Zamboanga City

September 16, 2013

Manila, Philippines -- Despite sporadic firefight between security forces and the armed group of Nur Misuari, the government on Thursday managed to fly 209 Hajj pilgrims safely out of Zamboanga City through the international airport which has been closed from commercial traffic for five days now.

Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas said the 209 pilgrims were part of...

Roxas - Primary mission is to save lives

September 12, 2013

Manila, Philippines -- Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas today stressed that the primary mission of government forces still stationed in Zamboanga City is to secure the safe release of hostages who are being used as “human shield” of armed men believed to be rogue elements of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).

“Malinaw ang pangunahing...

Roxas to PNP, mobilize cops for disaster response

August 22, 2013

Manila, Philippines -- Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas directed the Philippine National Police (PNP) to ensure the activation of all Disaster Incident Management Task Groups in areas that are seriously affected by the onslaught of Typhoon Maring.

Roxas, who is also vice chair of the National Risk Reduction and Management Council, also instructed the PNP to declare...