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Roxas leads flood drill along major Pasay waterway

June 17, 2013

Manila, Philippines -- Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas will lead the conduct of simultaneous flood drills on Friday/June 14 in 16 Metro Manila barangays occupying so-called “danger areas” along six major waterways as part of the observance of Disaster Preparedness Week.

 A showcase area is Barangay 201 along the Tripa de Gallina in Pasay City, one of...

Flood drills, early warning system set as part of disaster preparedness, says Roxas

June 14, 2013

Manila, Philippines -- Flood drills in several high-risk barangays along six major waterways in Metro Manila are scheduled starting tomorrow as part of the Disaster Preparedness Week organized by the Department of Interior and Local Government.

Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, who led the command conference that launched the special week dedicated to ensure a...

Aim for a zero-casualty typhoon season, Roxas tells LGUs, ISFs, disaster responders

June 11, 2013

Manila, Philippines -- Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas on Monday/June 10 exhorted government personnel in charge of disaster preparedness to aim for a “zero-casualty” rainy season as he presided at a command conference kicking off  observance of the Disaster Preparedness Week.

“Hindi natin maiiwasan ang pagsapit ng  bagyo. Ang maiiwasan...

Serendra shuts down centralized gas distribution system

June 11, 2013

Manila, Philippines -- Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas said on Monday/June 10 that Ayala Land has shut down the entire centralized liquefied petroleum gas distribution system at Two Serendra, which was hit by a powerful gas explosion last May 31.

The property developer’s action on its prime project came three days after a government investigation ruled out bomb...

Nationwide observance begins Monday Disaster Preparedness Week with target, zero casualty

June 11, 2013

Manila, Philippines.  It pays to be prepared.

Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas has emphasized this as the DILG stepped up preparations leading to the nationwide observance of Disaster Preparedness Week from June 10 to 17.

Roxas will preside at a command conference along with various government agencies on Monday/June 10 at Camp Crame to kick off the week-long...

Gas, not bomb, caused Two Serendra explosion

June 10, 2013

Manila, Philippines -- The powerful blast that ripped through an apartment unit of Two Serendra Friday last week was not caused by a bomb but was “consistent with a gas explosion, most likely LPG” (liquefied petroleum gas), Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas said Friday/June 7, reporting the initial findings of an inter-agency task force investigating the...

96 percent satisfied with barangay services, says survey

June 5, 2013

Ninety-nine percent (99%) of barangay residents have already availed of the services offered by their respective barangays, and 96% are satisfied with the services provided, according to a survey conducted by a telecom company and a non-profit organization for the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Conducted in partnership with Globe Telecom and the Philippine...

DILG declares June 10-16 Disaster Preparedness Week

June 4, 2013

Manila, Philippines -- With the onset of the rainy season, the Department of the Interior and Local Government has declared June 10-16 as Disaster Preparedness Week.

DILG Undersecretary Francisco Fernandez, who has responsibility over urban poor and other concerns, said the declaration is intended to focus on government efforts to provide safe, decent, affordable and permanent...

Roxas - Probers focus on blast site, interview occupants of 3rd, 5th floors

June 3, 2013

Manila, Philippines -- Interior Secretary Mar Roxas said on Sunday/June 2 probers at Two Serendra have focused their efforts on the “blast site” which remained sealed after police authorities finished scouring through the street portion of the “crime scene” for forensic evidence to determine what really caused Friday night’s powerful explosion.

Roxas said...

Burn patterns show no traces of bomb - Roxas

June 3, 2013

Manila, Philippines --Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas on Saturday/June 1 revealed that investigators have not found any “positive indication of fumes or burns” that the explosion that hit Serendra Two Condominium Friday night might have been caused by a bomb.

Roxas said the cause of the explosion remains unknown. Three persons were killed, all passengers of...

No demolition pact signed between DILG, estero families

May 30, 2013

Manila, Philippines -- There’s nothing that a good dialogue cannot do.

Rallying urban poor groups opposing the government’s planned relocation of families living along the waterways of Metro Manila found this out to their heart’s content Wednesday May 29 when the Department of Interior and Local Government agreed to some sort of a ceasefire: the government will not...

Roxas condemns NPA attack in Cagayan, assures full benefits to families of slain policemen

May 29, 2013

Manila, Philippines -- Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas on Tuesday/May 28 strongly condemned a New People’s Army attack in Cagayan province last Monday that killed eight policemen on their way to a medical examination. The attack also left seven wounded

“Itong pag-atake ng mga NPA ay karumal-dumal at mariin ko pong kinokondena,” Roxas said. “We...

Pag-atake ng NPA sa mga pulis sa Cagayan kinondena ni Roxas

May 28, 2013

Mariing kinondena ni Kalihim Mar Roxas ng Interior and Local Government (DILG) nitong Martes/Mayo 28 ang pag-atake ng New People’s Army (NPA) sa grupo ng mga pulis sa Cagayan na ikinasawi ng walong miyembro ng Special Action Force.

Ayon kay Roxas, ‘karumal-dumal at walang pakundangan’ ang ginawang pag-atake ng NPA sa mga pulis na nagsasagawa lamang ng ‘medical...

Mar to Bong, no one is above the law

May 24, 2013

Manila, Philippines -- Interior Secretary Mar Roxas said on Wednesday/May 22 that no one is above the law as he affirmed his own findings that the police who chased a group of 30 armed men in Bacoor City to enforce the gun ban on Election Day were following standard operating procedure of the Philippine National Police.

“Patakaran ng aking pamamahala dito sa DILG na walang...

Roxas, Lopez pleased with progress in estero rehabilitation project

May 23, 2013

Manila, Philippines -- What was initially a walking tour of the progress of the government’s river rehabilitation program turned into a listening tour as well for Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas Wednesday/May 22.

Amid shouts of “Mr. Palengke” and “Sir Mar,” from the residents along the waterway, Roxas accompanied Gina Lopez, head of ABS...

BJMP jails join Brigada Eskwela

May 22, 2013

Jails nationwide under the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) are actively participating in the Brigada Eskwela of the Department of Education (Deped).

In the National Capital Region, Pasay City Jail joined Pasay City West High School in wall painting, chair repair and beautification of classrooms.

Pasay CJ Warden, Jail Superintendent Brendan Fulgencio said they are happy...

Roxas lauds PNP for a job well done, says the Filipino people are real election winners

May 20, 2013

Manila, Philippines -- Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas on Monday/May 20 said the real winners to emerge from the polls were the Filipino people as he paid the police force a tribute for the “peaceful, orderly and credible” conduct of  the May 13 election.

Speaking at the flag ceremony of the Philippine National Police at Camp Crame, Roxas stressed that...

The real poll winners are the people - Roxas

May 15, 2013

Manila, Philippines --Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas said on Wednesday/May 15 that the real winners of last Monday’s midterm election are the Filipino people who expressed their will in a credible, free and peaceful election.

“Tiniyak po natin na ang taong-bayan ang panalo at ang boses nila ang nangibabaw sa isang halalan na mapayapa, malinis at may...

Mid-term poll safer, less bloody” than elections in 2007 and 2010 - Roxas

May 14, 2013

Manila, Philippines -- The midterm election last Monday was “safer and less bloody” compared to the polls conducted in 2010 and 2007, Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas said on Tuesday/May 14, citing consolidated police figures.

“Sa ngayon, masasabi natin na mas naging mapayapa at mahinusay ang pagsasagawa May 13, 2013 elections kumpara sa dalawang...

Task Force SAFE reports Poll Generally Peaceful

May 14, 2013

Manila, Philippines -- The National Task Force SAFE 2013 of the Department of Interior and Local Government and the Philippine National Police on Monday/May 13 reported a generally peaceful conduct of the 2013 mid-term elections, with only one reported election-related violent incident in Sulu.

Data culled from 5am to 6pm at the Task Force SAFE at the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame...

Roxas assures safe, fair elections...says, titiyakin natin na ang boses ng tao ang mangingibabaw

May 14, 2013

Manila, Philippines -- With the military and the police on full alert, Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas on Sunday said he is confident that Monday’s midterm elections will be safe and fair and will reflect the will of the people.

“Sa halalang ito, tinitiyak po natin na tao ang tunay na panalo at ang boses nila ang mangingibabaw,” Roxas said a day...

Comelec OK’s DILG request to place provincial jails in 15 priority provinces under poll body control

May 10, 2013

Manila, Philippines ---- The Commission on Elections has approved the Department of the Interior and Local Government’s request to place all provincial jails in 15 “priority provinces” under the poll body’s control during the remainder of the election period of the May 13, 2013 elections.

In an en banc resolution dated yesterday, the poll body led by Chairman...

Roxas to LGUs, help speed up requirements for child adoption

May 9, 2013

Manila, Philippines -- Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas has urged local government units to help the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) speed up the legal process for child adoption so that children without parents can have a chance to experience the warmth of belonging to a family.

In his directive to all provincial governors, city and municipal mayors...

Roxas tells Mancao to return to fold of law

May 3, 2013

Manila, Philippines -- Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas on Friday/May 3 called on former Police Senior Supt. Cezar Mancao to return to the fold of the law, saying that as a fugitive, he is more prone to be easy target for those wanting to get him killed.

“If it is safety that he is concerned of, then safety is clearly best secured while under government...

Cops assigned to local officials during poll period should be in uniform - DILG

May 3, 2013

Manila, Philippines --All policemen detailed to local elective officials as protective security personnel (PSP) during the election period should always be in full uniform, according to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas said his office received reports that the police security personnel have performed their...

Roxas launches “Oplan Last Two Weeks” for May 13 polls

May 2, 2013

Manila, Philippines -- Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas today/April 30 revealed details of “Oplan Last Two Weeks” that will send additional police personnel to the field to ensure a safe and fair elections on May 13.

At a press briefing at the Philippine National Police headquarters in Camp Crame, Roxas said the plan, which covers the period from May 6-20,...

Roxas urges public to be vigilant vs. use of cellphone jammers to disrupt polls

April 29, 2013

Manila, Philippines --Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas today/April 25 urged the public to be vigilant against individuals or groups that may use cellular phone ‘jammers’ to sow trouble by disrupting the transmission of election results in the May 13, 2013 elections.

The DILG chief also directed the Philippine National Police, particularly its various...

PHL hosts ASEAN meeting to combat trafficking-in-persons

April 26, 2013

Manila, Philippines --In support of international and regional efforts to combat trafficking in persons (TIPs), the Philippine government is hosting a two-day Experts Working Group  (EWG) meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) at the Crowne Plaza in Pasig City to develop a draft ASEAN convention and regional plan of action against TIPs.

The Draft Convention...

DILG orders creation of LGU transition teams

April 25, 2013

Manila, Philippines -- To ensure continuity in local governance after next month’s midterm elections, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has directed all local chief executives to create transition teams and prepare for an effective, orderly and smooth turnover to incoming local officials on June 30.

Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, in a...

Roxas lauds Presidential Awardees for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities

April 19, 2013

Manila, Philippines -- “It takes a village to raise a child.”

Stressing the vital role of LGUs in child development, Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas handed the awards to the five winners of this year’s “Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities” for creating “child-friendly environments” in their...