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DILG to issue show cause order vs mayor of Montalban, Rizal for refusing burial of two Muslim Filipinos who died of COVID-19

April 2, 2020

DILG to issue show cause order vs mayor of Montalban, Rizal for refusing burial of two Muslim Filipinos who died of COVID-19

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will issue a show cause order against a town mayor in Rizal who allegedly refused to allow the burial in their locality of two Muslim Filipinos who died of COVID-19 which is “a clear defiance of government...

DILG: LGUs may now use 20% dev’t fund for COVID-19 response

April 2, 2020

Local government units (LGUs) may now utilize its 20% development fund to undertake critical, urgent, and appropriate measures to curtail and eliminate the threat of COVID-19 in their areas, according to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año said that the DILG and the Department of Budget and Management recently signed Joint Memorandum...

STATEMENT OF THE DILG ON THE DETERMINATION OF THIS DEPARTMENT TO FIGHT THE WAR AGAINST COVID-19

April 1, 2020

Usec. Jonathan E. Malaya
Official Spokesperson

The entire Department of the Interior and Local Government, including all uniformed personnel and Local Government Units nationwide, joins the nation in praying for the speedy recovery of Secretary Eduardo M. Año who tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday.

Secretary Año has been on home quarantine since March 26, is currently doing fine, and...

STATEMENT OF THE DILG ON THE ASSAULT AND REPORTS OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST HEALTH WORKERS IN THE COUNTRY

March 31, 2020

Secretary Eduardo M. Año
Vice Chairman, National Task Force COVID-19

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) strongly condemns the dastardly act committed against a health worker who was assaulted by five suspects in Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat and expresses its indignation over reports of harassment against health workers in Metro Manila and other parts of the country.

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DILG to LGUs, barangays: Move fast to come up with master list of target beneficiaries of Social Amelioration Program vs COVID-19

March 31, 2020

To ensure the timely and quick release of assistance to those affected by the public health emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is urging all local government units (LGUs) to fast-track the distribution of the Social Amelioration Card (SAC) and come up with a master list of qualified beneficiaries.

DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año...

DILG condemns NPA attack on military force amid the declared bilateral ceasefire

March 31, 2020

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) condemned the New People's Army (NPA) and its political fronts, the CPP and NDF, for its blatant violation and disregard of the ongoing bilateral ceasefire after the armed communist group suddenly attacked government troops in Rizal.

DILG Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan E. Malaya says that the NPA clearly never honors its own...

DILG to PNP: Continue arrests of curfew violators

March 30, 2020

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has directed the PNP to continue its arrest of curfew violators in light of the activation of the online inquest proceedings of the Department of Justice.

DILG Secretary Eduardo N. Año said that he has discussed the matter with PNP Chief General Archie Gamboa and he has instructed the JTF Covid Shield to continue making arrests to...

DILG orders reopening of hospital in Angeles City closed by City Mayor for admitting COVID-19 patient, PUIs from Quezon City

March 30, 2020

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has directed the immediate reopening of a private hospital in Angeles City after the city mayor has ordered its closure after the hospital admitted a COVID-19 patient and other persons under investigation (PUIs) from Quezon City.

DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año said that the action of Mayor Carmelo Lazatin Jr. to close the Philippine...

DILG orders PNP to track more creators of fake news after four were arrested

March 27, 2020

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to track and arrest more fake news purveyors as “they endanger public order and cause panic” even after the police recently arrested four individuals for spreading fake news during this time of national emergency caused by COVID-19.

“Inaatasan ko ang...

DILG warns LGUs about injecting politics in relief distribution; lauds white ribbon program in Bulacan

March 27, 2020

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is warning all Local Government Units about injecting politics in the distribution of relief goods to the poorest of the poor at this time of national calamity.

“We have received reports that some barangays are selective in their distribution of relief goods, requiring the presentation of voter’s IDs or prioritizing their...

Statement of the Department of the Interior and Local Government on Government Assistance During this Time of Calamity

March 26, 2020

Usec. Jonathan Malaya
Official Spokesperson

March 26, 2020

The Department of the Interior and Local Government strongly condemns the attempt by certain sectors to misrepresent, misquote or otherwise place out of context the statements of Secretary Eduardo M. Año and myself about government’s assistance to the people during this time of national calamity.

The DILG never said that...

PNP arrests masterminds of fake news spreading alleged cure for Coronavirus

March 24, 2020

The Philippine National Police (PNP) arrested over the weekend the alleged masterminds of fake news who peddle bogus products online that allegedly cure COVID-19.

Citing a report from the PNP Anti-Cyber Crime Group, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya identified the suspect as Ismael Aviso who was arrested with his son Ismael Aviso, Jr. by...

DILG assures respect for human rights in implementing community quarantine

March 23, 2020

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) assures the public that the government, especially the PNP, will respect the human rights of the people in the implementation of measures to fight the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

DILG Spokesperson and Undersecretary Jonathan E. Malaya said that the public need not fear because the rule of law is upheld by the government....

DILG: PDLs are protected, safer in jails

March 23, 2020

With the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the country, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo M. Año said that persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) are safer inside the confines of their detention cells than outside mingling with the rest of the population.

“With the suspension of visitation rights, the PDLs have no way of contacting the virus and...

DILG to go after local execs, barangay officials charging fees for passes, food stubs during enhanced community quarantine

March 23, 2020

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) warns it will go after abusive local government unit (LGU) and barangay officials who are taking advantage of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to raise funds or for personal gain.

DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año says that if proven to have engaged in illegal acts, LGU and barangay officials will "certainly be suspended or placed...

DILG exec condemns CPP/NPA for rejecting ceasefire during COVID-19 crisis

March 20, 2020

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya has condemned the CPP-NPA-NDF for its outright rejection of the unilateral ceasefire declared by the President to allow the police and military to focus on their jobs to fight COVID-19.

"Kitang-kita na po ang totoong kulay nila dito. Nagkukunwari lang na nagmamalasakit sa taong-bayan pero...

DILG to public: Call Hotline 1555 or 02894-COVID for medical advice on COVID-19

March 19, 2020

To better serve the public at this time of public health emergency, the DILG and DOH has launched COVID hotlines 1555 and 02894-COVID (26843) for the public to call to seek medical advice and assistance about COVID-19.

According to DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año, anyone can access the hotline numbers for information about the COVID-19 pandemic, clarifications if they feel they have acquired...

STATEMENT OF THE DILG ON PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE

March 19, 2020

Secretary Eduardo M. Año

March 18, 2020

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) welcomes President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's declaration of a unilateral ceasefire against the Communist Party of the Philippines, New People’s Army and National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) which shall take effect on March 19 to April 15, 2020 at this time of public health emergency. With...

DILG to brgy execs: Ensure that residents stay in their homes, follow quarantine and social distancing protocols

March 18, 2020

Following the confirmation of the community-based transmission of COVID-19, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has directed all barangay officials to ensure that residents stay in their homes to prevent the spread of COVID-19 or face sanctions.

DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año says that community-based transmissions can be stopped if the people are continuously reminded...

DILG PUBLIC ADVISORY NO. 1 Statement on suspension of Road Clearing Operations 2.0 and restriction of foreign travel of local gov’t officials

March 16, 2020

Sec. Eduardo M. Año
DILG Secretary

Considering the ongoing measures being implemented to prevent the spread of the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the 75-day road clearing operations of local government units (LGUs) nationwide that began on February 17, 2020 is suspended starting today and shall resume upon the issuance of an advisory by the DILG.

Suspending the second round of road...

DILG to public: Police will follow the law, report abuses to us

March 16, 2020

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo M. Año assures the public that police officers will be courteous and firm and will follow all laws and regulations in the implementation of community quarantine Metro Manila starting today until April 14, 2020.

“We assure the public that our police officers manning the checkpoints will follow all laws and...

DILG to LGUs and PNP: Strictly prohibit all forms of mass gatherings

March 16, 2020

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) urged all local governments to strictly enforce the prohibition on mass gatherings imposed by the President under the guidelines issued today on the management of the Coronavirus disease situation (COVID-19).

DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año met with all the mayors of Metro Manila today at the MMDA to seek their cooperation to limit the...

DILG asks media, public to use the word “lockdown” properly in relation to the Coronavirus crisis

March 12, 2020

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is asking the media to use the word lockdown properly in its COVID-19 coverage because it is creating fear and panic among the population even as he emphasized that there are no compelling reasons to implement it now.

DILG Spokesperson Usec Jonathan Malaya explained that when you use the word lockdown it means that people are confined...

DILG postpones barangay assemblies to stop spread of COVID-19

March 11, 2020

Following the declaration of the State of Public Health Emergency, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has ordered the postponement of the conduct of the barangay assembly day to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“While the holding of the barangay assembly day is important, we need to think of the greater good and ensure the general welfare of our people,” said...

DILG: PNP choppers are not luxury items

March 10, 2020

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) defended the purchase of the Philippine National Police (PNP) of helicopters and other modern equipment to improve and upgrade its operational capabilities.

DILG Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya says that the purchase of PNP choppers and other modern equipment was for improved service delivery and to modernize its...

DILG to Police, LGUs and Barangays: Keep students away from malls, markets, crowded places

March 10, 2020

Following the President’s declaration of class suspension in the entire Metro Manila from today until March 14, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has directed all Metro Manila Mayors and their respective punong barangays as well as the Philippine National Police (PNP) to keep all students away from malls, movie houses, public markets and other crowded places to...

DILG: Trike ban, COVID-19 top brgy assembly agenda

March 9, 2020

The tricycle ban on national highways and the government's precautionary measures against the Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) will be among the top issues to be discussed during the Barangay Assembly 2020 this month.

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo M. Año said that questions about the tricycle ban and measures being taken to prevent the spread of...

DILG directs Metro Manila LGUs to activate local COVID-19 task force; all barangays nationwide to activate BHERTs

March 9, 2020

Following the DOH declaration of Code Red sublevel 1, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) immediately directs local government units (LGUs) in the National Capital Region (NCR) to activate their Local COVID-19 Task Forces (LCTF) to aid in monitoring and preventing the spread of the disease in the communities.

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año says that the Local COVID-19 Task...

Año to PNP, brgy officials: Closely monitor PNR tracks, arrest thugs damaging new trains

March 9, 2020

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo M. Año ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) and barangay officials to closely monitor the Philippine National Railways (PNR) tracks following the deployment of brand new PNR trains and arrest thugs who will blatantly cause damage to the trains.

"Makikinabang ang publiko sa mabilis at maginhawang pagbibiyahe nila...

STATEMENT OF THE DILG ON PNP HELICOPTER CRASH INCIDENT

March 5, 2020
Secretary Eduardo M. Año

Around 8:10 AM today, March 5, 2020, the PNP chopper carrying Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief PGen. Archie F. Gamboa and seven other companions crashed in Laperal Compound, Brgy. San Antonio, San Pedro, Laguna.

Boarding the said helicopter with the PNP Chief were PMGen Mariel Magaway, PMGen Jose Maria Ramos, PBGen Bernard Banac, PLTCol Zalatar, PLTCol...