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Roxas: PNP to Deploy 900 recruits in NCR

August 7, 2014

MANILA – Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas today announced that the Philippine National Police will deploy early next month some 900 new police recruits to help deter crime in Metro Manila’s crime-prone areas.

The decision was arrived at during a meeting Wednesday between the DILG chief, PNP chief Director General Allan Purisima, and NCRPO chief Director Mel...

Roxas: "Prepare for more Super Typhoons"

August 7, 2014

Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas said the nation should expect more super typhoons like Yolanda.

The DILG chief, who is also the vice chairman for preparedness of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council, urged local government officials in a circular to strengthen their individual and collective capabilities against climate change-triggered natural...

Roxas: "I'm Ready to Face whatever the Future Holds"

August 6, 2014

Interior and Local Government Sec. Mar Roxas said, he is willing to face head on, whatever the future holds for him.

“I'm ready to face whatever the future holds or in store [for me],” Roxas said in a reply when asked by Lynda Jumilla during the interview at ANC’s Beyond Politics, on whether he wants to be the one to continue the transformation that President Aquino has...

Statement of Appreciation of DILG Secretary Mar Roxas to Surigao Del Norte and Agusan Del Norte Local Government Units

August 6, 2014

Ipinaaabot ko ang taos-pusong pasasalamat sa lahat ng LGU officials ng Surigao del Norte at Agusan del Norte na naglaan ng oras at pagod para maging matagumpay ang pagpapalaya nitong Hulyo 30 sa apat na pulis na naging bihag ng New People's Army.

Nais kong bigyan ng ispesyal na komendasyon si Surigao del Norte Gov. Sol Matugas at ang kanyang asawang si Rep. Lalo Matugas dahil sa kanilang...

Roxas to BFP: Help DENR contain Albay Bush Fire

August 4, 2014

Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas today directed the regional office of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in Bicol to mobilize all resources necessary to help contain an ongoing bush fire that has already razed some 6,000 hectares of forest and grasslands in two islands of Rapu-Rapu, Albay.

Roxas specifically instructed the BFP-Regional Office in Bicol to coordinate with...

Automated Weather Stations to make provinces more disaster-prepared - Roxas

August 1, 2014

Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas commended the League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP) for deploying automated weather stations (AWS) units across the country.

An AWS unit is a solar-powered device that enables provincial governments to track down weather disturbances that may pass through their provinces.

“Strong typhoons are now the new...

Press Statement of DILG Secretary Mar Roxas on the capture of Said Giad alias "MAESTRO"

July 31, 2014

I commend the police operatives of Sultan Kudarat for capturing a member of the dreaded Al-Khobar Group, which is responsible for a series of kidnappings.

Ang pagkakahuli kay Said Giad alyas Maestro na isang kilabot na myembro ng grupong Al-Khobar ay isa na namang tagumpay sa ating kampanya laban sa kriminalidad.

Ito ay patunay na ang administrasyon ni Pangulong Aquino ay determinado sa...

Roxas cites Two Cops wounded in NPA raid

July 30, 2014

Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas on Tuesday personally pinned the Medalya ng Sugatang Magiting to two police officers who were wounded while defending the municipal police station of Alegria in Surigao del Norte from a New People’s Army (NPA) attack last July 10.

Roxas handed the awards in a ceremony held at the Kitcharao Elementary School in Agusan del Norte, which...

Roxas Secures Freedom of 4 Cops from NPA

July 30, 2014

After 19 days in captivity, four police officers under the custody of the New People's Army were freed by their captors and turned over to government upon the intercession of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas.

The DILG Secretary flew to Agusan del Norte with Presidential Peace Adviser Ging Deles and PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima to ensure the safe release of PO3 Vic...

Sec. Mar Roxas signed Statement

July 28, 2014

STATEMENT July 27, 20I4

This is to inform the public that the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police have declared a temporary ceasefire with the National Democratic Front effective I2 noon of July 27 to I2 noon of August I, 20I4, covering the towns of Placer, Bacuag, Tubod, Gigaquit, Alegria and Claver, all in Surigao del Norte; and the towns of Kitcharao, Jabonga...

NPA to turn over four Cops to Roxas

July 28, 2014

Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas will fly to Mindanao tomorrow (July 29) to ensure the safe release of four police officers held captive by the New People’s Army (NPA) after a rebel raid on the Alegria municipal police station in Surigao del Norte last July 10.

“Kung kinakailangang pumasok sa kampo ng NPA, gagawin natin para masiguro lang na makukuha nating ligtas...

Statement of Secretary Mar Roxas on Janet Lim Napoles' Transfer To Bicutan

July 28, 2014

"The Philippine National Police (PNP) has communicated with the Regional Trial Court of Makati, which in turn issued a Comment interposing no objection to the Order of the Sandiganbayan anti-graft court. Hence, the PNP and the BJMP will cause the transfer of Janet Lim Napoles to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) Bicutan facility within the day.

I have directed the PNP and BJMP...

Hope shines upon Metro Manila's Informal Settlers under 'OPLAN LIKAS'

July 28, 2014

The relocation of informal settler families from the slums of Metro Manila to government relocation sites offers beneficiaries of “Oplan Likas” renewed hope for a better life.

Thus said Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas who vowed to relocate more informal settler families under the program. “Oplan Likas” or Lumikas para Ligtas sa Kalamidad at Sakit is...

Release of Cops held by NPA in Mindanao set

July 28, 2014

Four policemen held by the New People’s Army (NPA) in Northeastern Mindanao will be released this week after Interior Secretary Mar Roxas secured the commitment of the National Democratic Front (NDF) to free them once the military and police agree to a five-day ceasefire in six towns of Surigao del Norte.

Roxas said he won the commitment of the NDF to release the policemen taken into...

Roxas: Gov't to Relocate more Informal Settlers from Metro Manila Danger Zones

July 25, 2014

Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas today said the Aquino administration is determined to relocate more informal settler families to safer and better communities under "Oplan Likas" or Lumikas para Iwas sa Kalamidad at Sakit being spearheaded by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Roxas said the DILG, together with various implementing agencies, intend to...

Roxas to Public: Be Alert, Get ready for 'INDAY'

July 23, 2014

Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas today urged the public to always be on alert and brace for more heavy rains and flashfloods in the next few days as another low pressure area (LPA) has been spotted near the Philippine area of responsibility.

Citing reports from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA), Roxas said the LPA is...

Oplan Likas' Zero-ISF water easement implemented in Salapan Creek

July 22, 2014

The government’s clearing of the three-meter easement of informal settler families (ISFs) in danger zones in Salapan Creek in San Juan paved the way for the construction of the River Wall along the creek and the Salapan pumping station to help mitigate flooding in the area.

The project was implemented after the successful voluntary relocation of the initial 157 families living along the...

Roxas commends Disaster-Ready LGUs, calls on Mayors to build better, safer communities

July 21, 2014

Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas today lauded local officials who worked round the clock in leading their constituents to safer grounds before the onslaught of typhoon Glenda, saying their efforts were responsible for low casualty rate during the calamity.

“Binabati ko ang mga lokal na opisyal sa kanilang maagap na pagtugon sa panawagan ng ating pamahalaan na maging...

Roxas underscores partnership, LGUs Action in Disaster Risk Reduction

July 21, 2014

Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas today underscored the importance of local government support and action in reducing the risk of disaster and in saving the lives of people who are vulnerable to natural calamities.

Roxas, vice chairman for preparedness of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), said the cooperation between national and local...

Oplan Likas saves 187 Families from San Juan Danger Zone

July 18, 2014

A total of 187 families living along the flood-prone Salapan Creek in the City of San Juan had voluntarily relocated to safe, decent, and affordable housing units under the national government’s “Oplan Likas” program.

The voluntary relocation had paved the way for the construction of the Salapan Pumping Station and the River Wall which, San Juan residents attested, resulted...

Roxas urges 'Netizens' to use 'Info Tech' Power, Save Lives, Reduce Risk of Disaster

July 15, 2014

CEBU CITY, Cebu - Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas today urged internet users or the so-called netizens to use the power of information technology to help save precious lives and reduce the risk of disaster in times of natural calamities.

Roxas, vice chairman for disaster preparedness of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC), said through a simple...

Roxas to Mayors: Make Disaster Preparedness a Way of Life

July 14, 2014

Cebu City, Cebu – Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas on Monday urged local chief executives to ‘make disaster preparedness a way of life’ and strengthen the disaster risk reduction and management plans of their respective local government units (LGUs) to prevent tragic loss of lives during natural calamities.

Also the vice chairman for preparedness of the...

Oplan Likas saves 649 Families

July 10, 2014

Some 649 families living along danger zones in Maricaban creek in Pasay City were relocated to safe, decent, and affordable housing units under the national governent’s “Oplan Likas” program.

“Oplan Likas” or “Lumikas para Iwas Kalamidad at Sakit,” is being spearheaded by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) which aims to clear...

649 Families Rescued from Danger Zones under Oplan Likas

July 9, 2014

As a result of government efforts to clear Metro Manila’s informal settler families (ISFs) from dangerous waterways, Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas led today the ceremonies for the turnover of the cleared three-meter easement of Maricaban Creek in Pasay City to barangay officials of Barangay 180 and 183.

Roxas said the creek’s 3-meter easement is now cleared...

Roxas Inspection uncovers Warehouse mixing Commercial Rice with Animal Feeds

July 8, 2014

A government team inspecting warehouses suspected to be used in hoarding activities today discovered an appalling modus operandi: rice imported from Thailand are mixed with broken rice intended for animal feeds then sold to the market as premium Sinandomeng rice.

The new modus was discovered when Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, accompanied by officials of the PNP Criminal Investigation Group,...

Roxas to PNP: Intensify Campaign vs. Hoarders, Price Manipulators

July 7, 2014

Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas today directed the Philippine National Police to intensify its campaign against hoarders of rice and other basic commodities, with the end in view of breaking cartels possibly responsible for the soaring cost of food.

Roxas, at the same time, lauded the efforts of the PNP-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group for the series of successful...

GPBP Project brings Potable Water to Poor Barangay in Quezon Province

July 4, 2014

Access to safe and potable drinking water remains to be one of the issues that need to be addressed as several poor towns and barangays in the country still rely on open wells and springs for their water needs. According to the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC), more than 400 towns and barangays nationwide are “waterless” or less than 50 percent of the households have access...

Roxas Lauds 117 for rescue of alleged hazing victims

July 2, 2014

Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas today lauded Patrol 117 for being instrumental in the rescue of three De La Salle-College of St. Benilde students who were allegedly victims of a fraternity hazing incident in Manila.

Roxas said that with Patrol 117’s swift and decisive actions and coordination, a Manila Red Cross ambulance was immediately sent to the condominium...

Roxas Highlights Police-Community Relation in Crime-Fighting, Cites PNP's Friendly Units, Individuals

July 2, 2014

Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas today underscored the need to strengthen police-community relations to effectively fight crime and protect the people against lawless elements who are out to disrupt peace and order in the communities.

Roxas said together, the police and people in the community can win the war against crime and challenged the leadership of the Philippine...

DILG-PNP to buy Patrol Jeeps, Radios

July 2, 2014

Manila, Philippines – The police will soon go about their business on 1,865 spanking new patrol jeeps.

Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel A. Roxas today announced the start of a bidding process for the purchase of the vehicles meant “to enhance police mobility and shorten the response time to crime or rescue situation.”

The DILG has a P1.864 billion budget for...