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Roxas favors near or on-site relocation of informal settlers in MM danger zones

March 22, 2013

Manila, Philippines --  Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas today/March 20 said the government is adopting a near-site or even on-site relocation policy for informal settlers residing along the precarious waterways of Metro Manila.

Roxas said President Aquino himself  gave instructions that all relocation strategies of the government agencies should, as a top...

Lantawan eco-park tourist influx to abet fiscal condition

March 21, 2013

Behind the serene display of forest protected area of Brgy. Crossing in the Municipality of Kitcharao, province of Agusan del Norte unveils the captivating beauty of Lantawan Eco-Park that captures the exhilarating of Lake Mainit.

Yet the existence of this fascinating landscape has been hidden beneath forest covers slowly dissipating into oblivion.

While residents enjoy the extant...

DILG Region 3 Holds Regional Conference on FY 2013 OPB Preparation

March 20, 2013

The Department of the Interior and Local Government RO3 conducted a workshop last February 21, 2013 to initialize planning stages of project on LGU Database establishment.

The project is the regional office’s own initiative to create, develop and establish a database which shall contain information about the LGU, not limited to its basic, socio-economic, environment and...

Roxas cites new breed of local politicians, awards LGUs for excellence

March 20, 2013

Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas lauded a “new breed” of local politicians by recognizing their excellence in local governance that resulted in “world class” innovations in poverty alleviation and public service delivery at the grassroots levels.

Roxas gave out  three sets of awards honoring “innovation and excellence in local...

DILG fieldmen attend BuB orientation in Iloilo City

March 19, 2013

Iloilo City  -  A regional orientation on the Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB) was conducted for the DILG fieldmen of Region 6 and 7 held on January 25, 2013 at Punta Villa, here.

The activity intends to enhance understanding of the 283 participants on the Aquino Government’s Anti-Poverty Strategy and Localization and Empowerment Program; the Role of the Local Government Units...

Innovation and Excellence in Local Governance Awards

March 19, 2013

Roxas: From local pride to world class governments

Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas today led the recognition of the best and the brightest local government units, telling them that what they have accomplished make them worthy to be called world class.

Roxas, in ceremonies held today in Malate, Manila, handed out three sets of awards that cite “innovation and...

DILG R-3 pays tribute to retirees

March 18, 2013

DILG Region 3, under the leadership of Director Florida M. Dijan, paid tribute to the retirees covering the period January 2012 – January 2013 on January 31, 2013 at DILG Region 3, City of San Fernando, Pampanga,.  The activity themed as, “Once a DILG always a DILG,” was aimed to recognize the significant contributions and long years of dedicated service rendered by...

Gov’t moves to prevent humanitarian crisis over Sabah conflict

March 14, 2013

Manila, Philippines -- The Philippine government is stepping up efforts to prevent a potential humanitarian crisis with the feared exodus of tens of thousands of Filipinos from Sabah to the southern provinces of Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi as a result of the continuing standoff and uncertainty in the Malaysian-ruled territory.

Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas today met...

Roxas, Kirams open talks to resolve Sabah standoff - priority is "disengagement" of sultanate forces says SILG

March 13, 2013

Manila, Philippines -- The brother of Sultan Jamalul Kiram III today met with Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas to discuss ways to resolve the crisis in Sabah – a move both the government and the Kirams believe could help end the deadly standoff in Lahad Datu.

Roxas said the government’s main concern remains the safety and welfare of the Filipinos in Sabah,...

Roxas mobilizes PNP intelligence units in anti-crime drive

March 11, 2013

Manila, Philippines -- Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas has ordered the mobilization of all intelligence units of the Philippine National Police as part of the government’s intensified campaign against criminality that targets organized crime groups, criminal gangs, illegal gambling, wanted persons, loose firearms and private armed groups.

Roxas, in his order to...

Roxas reiterates DILG policy on personnel’s practice of profession

March 4, 2013

Manila, Philippines -- Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas has reiterated the department’s policy that its officials and personnel are not allowed to engage directly in any profession without the written permission from the Secretary or his authorized representative.

In a recent memorandum, Roxas said the “Guidelines on the Authority to Practice Profession and...

World class fire trucks

March 4, 2013

Officers from the Bureau of Fire Protection conduct a demonstration of the powerful hoses and pumps from the 38 new BFP Fire Trucks. The Austrian-made Rosenbauer TLF 4000 fire trucks, which are specially built to respond to fire incidents in highly urbanized areas, represent half of the total 76 units procured by the Department of the Interior and Local Government through a soft loan...

Benguet new edifices courtesy of PCF

February 28, 2013

With assistance from the DILG’s Performance Challenge Fund (PCF), major infrastructure projects were built and completed in the Province of Benguet that serve as monuments of good local governance in the “Salad Bowl of the Philippines.”

Benguet, along with three of its municipalities, qualified for the PCF, after having been conferred with the Seal of Good Housekeeping...

MIMAROPA holds RPRAT meeting

February 28, 2013

Over fifty participants from partner NGAs, DILG Provincial offices and CSO representatives attended the RPRAT meeting held at Gateway Max's Restaurant on January 11, 2013.

Roxas beefs up BFP capability with 38 modern fire trucks

February 27, 2013

Manila, Philippines -- Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas today enhanced the fire fighting capability of the Bureau of Fire Protection as he formally turned over 38 new and top-of-the-line fire trucks that will be deployed in pilot cities all over the country.

The Austrian-made Rosenbauer TLF 4000 fire trucks, which are specially built to respond to fire incidents in...

Pampanga POC Summit

February 27, 2013

DILG Pampanga Provincial Director Myrvi Apostol underscores the role of barangay councils in attaining peaceful communities during the peace and order summit organized by the Pampanga Police Provincial Office recently.  - Renalyn D. Iglesias

Santiago City bags 11 Regional Awards

February 27, 2013

It rained and poured for Santiago, an independent component city in Isabela province, as the city bagged 11 plaques of recognition from DILG Region 2 during the recent LGU recognition rites for 2012.

Santiago City emerged as the regional winner of the Gawad Panama ng Lahi (GLP), under the city category, and its legislative body was also the regional winner of the Local Legislative,...

DILG IV-A convenes 1st RPRAT meeting

February 27, 2013

Taguig City - The DILG-Region IV-A has jumpstarted the year with the 1st Regional Poverty Reduction Action Team (RPRAT) Meeting held recently at the regional office here.

Being the RPRAT Chair, Regional Director Josefina Castilla-Go said the meeting was called in order to address the 2013 Bottoms-Up Budgeting Project Implementation wherein 26 of the 595 Focus LGUs in the country are in...

DILG Pampanga conducts BuB Workshop

February 26, 2013

To assist local poverty reduction action teams to come up with their action plans, DILG Pampanga conducted a Workshop on the Formulation of Local Poverty Reduction Action Plan (LPRAP) at EuroAsia Hotel in Angeles City recently.

The activity was conducted in two batches to include Apalit, Candaba, City of San Fernando, Masanto, Mexico and San Simon for the first batch and Guagua, Lubao,...

CALABARZON Regional Poverty Reduction Action Team TWG

February 26, 2013

DILG IV-A ARD Ariel Iglesia (center with microphone) welcomes the Regional Poverty Reduction Action Team Technical Working Group (RPRAT-TWG) members during its first meeting recently at the regional office in Taguig City. Tackled during the meeting by RPRAT Regional Focal Person Engr. John M. Cerezo (at the center table) were the menu of projects per agency which must be submitted to the...

Nine LGUs in Central Luzon to get P47-M in PCF

February 26, 2013

City of San Fernando, Pampanga - A total of P47-million in Performance Challenge Fund will be awarded to nine more  provinces and cities of Central Luzon upon completion of documentary requirements.

DILG Region 3 Director Florida Dijan named the additional PCF recipients belonging to the 3rd tranch as the provinces of Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga and Tarlac; and the cities...

Trainors’ training on Sanggunian Info System held

February 25, 2013

City of San Fernando, Pampanga -  A trainors’ training was recently conducted by DILG Region 3, through its regional Sanggunian Information System (SIS) focal persons, for the Provincial Technical Assistance Teams at DILG Regional Office III Conference Room here.

Regional Director Florida Dijan said   the objective of the activity was to ensure the implementation of...

TWG on Pasig-Laguna de Bay Riverbasin formed

February 25, 2013

The Department’s regional offices in Region IV-A and in the National Capital Region recently spearheaded the formation of the Technical Working Group (TWG) for the Pasig-Laguna De Bay Riverbasin, which covers Metro Manila and the CALABARZON region.

The creation of the TWG is in line with RA 10121, otherwise known as the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of...

Remain on your toes, Roxas reminds LGUs in Davao Region as Crising moves past Mindanao

February 20, 2013

Manila, Philippines -- Despite weather reports that “Crising” has already scraped past Mindanao and is now headed to Palawan, Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas reminded local government units in the Davao Region to prepare for whatever damage the tropical depression might cause.

“Inatasan natin ang lahat ng local government units at field offices ng...

Roxas leads groundbreaking for Manila resettlement project

February 15, 2013

Manila, Philippines --– Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas today led the groundbreaking rites for a housing project that will benefit about 120 families currently living in shanties along the Estero de San Miguel in Manila.

Roxas said unlike previous relocation efforts for informal settlers along the tributaries of Manila Bay, the new initiative, formally called the...

Roxas orders LGU, DILG offices to step up search and rescue for trapped miners in Semirara

February 14, 2013

Manila, Philippines -- Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas today directed local government officials in Antique province and the municipality of Caluya to join search and rescue operations for miners trapped in a coal mine landslide since Wednesday night.

Roxas also ordered the Philippines National Police in Region 6 as well as DILG field offices in the region to...

NBI autopsy on Aranas points to asphyxia but BJMP says probe to continue

February 11, 2013

Manila, Philippines -- An autopsy conducted by the National Bureau of Investigation on the remains of Dennis Aranas, who reportedly committed suicide inside his cell at the Quezon District Jail in Lucena City, pointed to asphyxia by hanging as the cause of his death.

It was also reported that Aranas was distraught over his removal from the Witness Protection Program and hinted of...

Roxas welcomes good news on two kidnap cases

February 5, 2013

Manila, Philippines -- Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas today lauded the Philippine National Police in their handling of two kidnap cases—one which ended in the recovery of two victims of the Abu Sayaff Group, and the other, resulting in the arrest of the perpetrators of the abduction and  murder of a businessman.

 In a press briefing, Roxas and Chief...

No more presentation of crime suspects, Roxas tells PNP

January 29, 2013

MANILA, Philippines -- Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas today said the Philippine National Police crime would no longer present crime suspects to the public without the consent of the suspects or their lawyers to avoid possible accusations of human rights violations.
Roxas outlined the new policy, which he said was recommended by PNP Director General Alan...

Roxas announces arrest of alleged gunman in mayor’s slay

January 29, 2013

MANILA, Philippines -- Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas today announced the arrest of the suspected gunman in the murder of Mayor Erlinda Domingo of Maconacon, Isabela, who was shot dead in Quezon City last Tuesday night in Quezon City.

Roxas identified the alleged gunman as Marsibal Abduhadi alias Bagwis, who reportedly yielded two hand grenades, a high-powered...