The Depart m ent is t he pr im ar y catalyst for
excellence in local governance that nurtures self-
reliant, progressive, orderly, safe and globally-
competitive communities sustained by God-centered
and empowered citizenry.
The Department shall promote peace and order,
ensure public safety and strengthen capability of
local government units through active people
participation and a professionalized corps of civil
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VOL. 7 NO. 4 www.dilg.gov.ph April 2012
Tapatan on disaster
preparedness launched Story on page 2
Interfacing of Secretary Jesse M. Robredo with
the participants in the Tapatan Roadshow held
recently in Iloilo City. Joining him are (L-R)
Governor Victor A. Tanco,Sr. of the Province of
Capiz, Mayor Evelio R. Leonardia of Bacolod
City, Governor Arthur D. Defensor, Sr. of the
Province of Iloilo and DILG Region VI Director
Evelyn A. Trompeta. Photo by Lito Espelimbergo
Transfer of high-risk Punong barangay Region 3’s showcase Carnapping incidents Seal of Disaster
inmates of Kidapawan has no authority barangay holds Preparedness
to create admin positions dip by 49% in March
jail to Bicutan mulled Assembly Day launched
p2 Legal Opinion p6 p8 p10 p12
For complaints and inquiries, text DILG to 2299
Page 2 NEWS April 2012
Tapatan on disaster preparedness launched
In any kind of disaster or The first of the series of Joey Salceda and Mary Ann
calamity, preparedness and summi ts was c onduct ed Lucille Sering of the Climate
coordination among concerned recently in the Western Visayas Change Commission (CCC).
agenc ies and sectors are of Region at the Sarabia Manor At t he end o f t he day,
par amount impo rtance to Hotel, Iloilo City. summit participants signed a
lessen i ts possible adve rse DILG Region VI regional pl edge of co mmi tm ent f or
impacts and prevent the loss of director Evelyn Trompeta, who disaster preparedness to show
lives and properties. ho ste d the ac tivity, said their firm resolve to carry out
Such is the prin ciple participants included the local their LDRRM plans.
behind the Tapatan on Disaster chi ef e xecutives of the 139 On th e f oll ow ing day,
Pr epare dne ss, a se rie s of pr ovi nce s, ci tie s and DI LG also hel d t he
re gi onal sum mit s bei ng municipalities in Region 6 and Collaboration Workshop for
spearhe aded by t he DI LG their respective Local Disaster the 18 Major River Basins (The
which aims to advocate and Ri sk Reduc tio n and Panay River Basin) in Iloilo
institutionalize the concept of Managem ent O ffi ce rs City. This activity was attended Secretary Jesse M. Robredo delivers his message to the participants at the
disaster preparedness among (LDRRMO s) as we ll as by the Local Chief Executives culminating activity of the Increasing Transparency in Local Governance
lo cal gove rn men t uni ts re pre sen tat ive s f rom DRR- of the Provinces of Iloilo and through Informed Citizen’s Participation in Public Finance held at the
nationwide. CCA partner Regional Line Capiz t oge the r wit h t he ir Discovery Suites, Ortigas Center. Photo by Noel Dayang
DI LG Se cre tar y Jesse Agen cie s, Ci vi l Soc ie ty Ch air per son o f t he SP
Robredo said Tapatan aims to Or gan izatio ns (CS Os) , and Environment Committee and
in st ill in t he mi nds of t he Academic Institutions. Pr ovi nci al DRRMO ; t he P300K bounty put up
public, the local and national This activity, in line with Mayor s and Muni cipal
go ver nm ent
co nce rn ed, an d
of fi cials
Republic Act No. 10121 or the
Ph il ippin e Disast er Ri sk
of cover ed for Reyes brothers’ arrest
stakeholders their respective Reduction and Management The Tapatan on Disaster Private sector supporters of Ortega, also the ABS-CBN
tasks – func tio nal and Ac t o f 2010, bei ng he ld in Preparedness is an offshoot of slai n broadcaster and program director for Philippine
operatio nal ro le s – be for e, re spo nse t o t he cl amo r of the success of the seri es of environmentalist Dr. Gerardo Eco tourism Pal awan, was
during and after a disaster. different sectors of society to Tapat an activi ties last year “Gerry” Ortega has put up a gunn ed dow n on broad
st re ngt he n t he disast er fo cussin g o n the Full P300,000 bounty for informants daylight while shopping at a
“We want to devel op a
culture of preparedness among preparedness efforts of local Disclosure Policy. As a result who could provide leads for the used clothing (ukay-ukay) store
LGUs and the public so that the government units following the of l ast year ’s ac tivit y, arrest of his alleged murder in Puerto Princ esa Ci ty,
co un try w oul d be abl e to oc cur ren ce of vario us compliance among LGUs to the masterminds, former Palawan Palawan on January 24, 2011.
respond more effectively and calamities in many parts of the FDP, which requires making Gov. Joel T. Reyes and his The police later arrested the
mitigate the adverse impacts of country recently. publi c per tin ent fi nanci al brother, Coron town mayor gunman, Marlon Recamata,
Am ong th e resour ce information, rose from around Mario Reyes Jr. who claimed he was hired by
every disaster that h its the
persons were Albay Governor 20 percent to 90%. DILG Secretary Jesse M. Joel Reyes’s also arrested
country,” said Robredo.
Robredo said the funds were security aide, Rodolfo Edrad Jr.
pooled in from those offered by Edrad has claimed that on
Transfer of high-risk inmates his friends from the private
sector and the fund-raising
Reyes’s orders, he hired
Recamata for 150,000 to do the
of Kidapawan jail to Bicutan mulled efforts from the camp of Ortega’s
widow, Patria Ortega.
The Department of Justice
Plan s are underway to grants the DOJ’s request, then injured including fire and jail “The camp of Mrs. Ortega earlier cleared Reyes of the
transfer the detention of high- the t ransfer o f the in mates personnel. has put up P100,000 and my charges for insufficiency of
risk inmate s from the would presumably follow,” he The resolution noted that friends from the private sector evidence but reversed it and
Kidapawan distri ct jai l in added. the Kidapawan district jail, also were able to raise P200,000. indicted him and several
Kidapawan City to the Bicutan The arran gement to which is located adjacent to the That’s a total of P300,000 as suspects later.
district jail in Taguig City. relocate the high-risk inmates city hall as well as residential reward money to any informant Acting on the DOJ’s move,
The plan, accordin g to was sought by the Kidapawan and commercial areas, does not who could provide us leads for the Palawan Regional Trial
DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo, City Peace and Order Council have comprehensive security the arre st of the Re yes Court Branch 52 on March 27
is to prevent a repeat of the through a resolution addressed measure s and eno ugh brothers,” the DILG chief said. ordered the arrest of the Reyes
February 19 incident wherein to Justice Secretary Leila M. De man power to im mediat ely Robredo said he is of the brothers, former Palawan
around 50 unidentified heavily- Lima through Secre tary respond to the needs of securing belief that the fugitive Reyes Provincial Administrator Romeo
arm ed men assaulted the Robredo. high risk inmates. brothers are still in hiding in the Seratubias and provincial
Kidapawan district jail in a bid In i ts reso lution, the In her letter-request to the country as ther e were no government employees Arturo
to r escue a detained Kidapawan POC chaired by high court through the Court indications or reports that they Regalado and Percival Lecias in
Maguindanao-based notorious Mayor Rodolfo Gantuangco, Admi nistrator, J ose Mi das may have escaped abroad to connection with Ortega’s
Muslim bandit leader identified cited the February 19 attempt to Marquez, the DOJ secretary said evade prosecution using the murder.
as Datucan Samad, aka rescue Datucan Samad, one of she shares the concern of the country’s air and sea ports, or While Reyes’s lawyers have
“Lastikman,” . the 17 hi gh risk inmates Peace and Order Council of through the Southern backdoor. asked the Court of Appeals to
Robredo said the detained in the Kidapawan jail, Kidapawan and agree that the “There are no records or nullify the warrant of arrest and
Department of Justice has and whose group is reportedly detention place of these high reports from the Bureau of filed a petition for certiorari on
already requested the Supreme engaged in bombings, terrorism, risk inmate s shoul d be Immigration that the Reyes the latest DOJ resolution
Court to transfer the hearing of insurgenc y, ki dnappi ng, transferred. brothers have left for abroad recommending the filing of
the high-risk cases pending carnappings and other crimes. “However, the transfer of while our police tracker teams murder charges against them
before the Regional Trial Courts The foiled rescue incident their detention place could not have also not received reports and their alleged cohorts, the CA
of the Province of Cotabato to resulted in the death of three be effected unless the venue of that both may have used the has yet to act on his appeal and
other venues. civilians including a Red Cross the hearing is also transferred,” Southern backdoor to escape the warrant for his arrest is still
“Once the Supreme Court volunteer, while 16 others were De Lima added. prosecution,” he said. in effect.
Page 3 SPECIAL FEATURE April 2012
Barangay Emergency Response
Barangay San Antonio, Pasig City
In general, most emergencies are efficiently managed if the first responders are response agencies at all levels to develop a sense of community ownership. The program
well trained and appropriately equipped to handle such situations. But most of the entails emergency response trainings for barangay employees, community leaders and
barangays cannot afford to organize or acquire sophisticated emergency rescue teams other groups. It involves coordination with various organizations such as the Pasiguenas
or equipment and often have to make do with whoever and whatever is available at the Organization for Women Empowerment and Recognition, Inc. (POWER); Antonio
moment until proper rescue personnel arrive. Village Homeowners Association and Senior Citizens Association, Association of
In the case of resource-rich Barangay San Antonio, however, a barangay rescue Building Managers,
team has been in place since 2000. Back then, the team was composed of Fire Rescue Or ti gas Center
Personnel. In early As socia tion, In c.
2008, the barangay (O CA I), Pas ig Ci ty
l e a d e r s h i p Rescue T ea m,
established its very Na tiona l D isa ster
ow n Emerg en cy Coor d ina ting
R e s p on s e / R es cu e Coun ci l, a nd
Pr og ram w hi ch PHIVOLCS.
integrated the F ire Regular meetings
and Medical Teams wi th Buil di ng
under the supervision Admi nistra tors,
of the Ba ra ng ay officers of OCAI, and
D i s a s t e r H o m e o w n e r s
Coord inati ng As socia ti on en sure
Coun ci l. T he that they are updated
barangay can afford wi th n ew
to do this because it developments a nd
ha s a mi xed in forma tion on
r e s i d en t i a l - servi ces from the
comm er cia l ar ea Barangay.
wh ere the Ortig as The Barangay San Antonio communications system consists of 2 hotlines with
Business District of Pasig City is located. It is the location of about 39 high-end recorders which can be accessed 24 hours, an alert panic button switch, and 30 handheld
condominium residences and 60 high rise buildings where more than 7,000 commercial radios that are enhanced by a repeater system based in Antipolo.
establishments operate. As a result, the barangay’s real property tax collections alone In early 2010, the Command Center (CC) was set up in the newly constructed
are more than sufficient to fund the establishment of a sophisticated emergency response Barangay Hall. The CC provides real-time visibility as it operates 10 strategically
program. located, closed-circuit cameras. The TV screens are monitored by eight personnel
And since the barangay is located along an earthquake fault, the 25,000 residents reporting in three shifts. Emergency and disaster situations such as accidents, traffic
and the 140,000 employees who are working in Ortigas Center are highly at risk to and other serious incidents are monitored by the CC, which also operates as the barangay
earthquakes and the resulting fires. They are the ones who would benefit from the dispatch center for ambulances, fire trucks, and security vehicles. The CC provides
existence of an emergency response program. At the very least, the program helps highly preventive mechanism for the surveillance and apprehension of criminals and
them prepare for all kinds of emergencies and assures them that they can depend on a for immediate and prompt response to calls for help.
highly trained pool of volunteer emergency responders in times of crisis. In May 2010, the BSA Incident Command System (ICS) was established as another
The most defining moments of the ER team were the rescue of 12 victims of Typhoon mechanism that provides an effective unified command and minimizes confusion
Ondoy in Pasig, the evacuation of 300 families during the Fire Rescue Operations in duri ng ti mes of
Barangay San Antonio and the rescue of 6 victims from the motor vehicle accident in massive disasters. It is
Bagong Ilog in Pasig. a flexible framework
The Emergency Response Program delivers the following services to its with a standardized
beneficiaries: First Aid, Basic Life Support, Medical Assistance for Events, Advanced set of structures for
Cardiac Life Support, as well as Flood, Earthquake and Landslide Search and Rescue, ev er yon e to work
among others. under. The ICS will be
From April 2008 us ed for fi res,
to June 2010, about 415 ev acuations, a nd
residents of Barangay multi pl e casual ty
Sa n Anton io, 1 33 in ci den ts , pla nn ed
residents of nearby ev ents, an d m ajor
barangays and 595 na tural h aza rd s/
people pas si ng disaster response. The
through the barangay ERT head will be the
have benefitted from Incident Commander
th e progr am. T he who will have overall
pr og ram h as al so res pons ibili ty over
responded to over 291 the incident or event.
medical emergencies, The formulation
182 cases of vehicular and implementation of a strategic disaster/emergency preparedness plan at the barangay
accidents, and over 35 level ensures sustainability and replication of the program. The Barangay San Antonio
fire incidents around ERP model has been replicated through the organization of emergency responder teams
th e Metropoli s, in Barangay Pineda and Kapitolyo in Pasig, V. Luna Hospital, and the Intelligence
cover in g the sa me Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. The ERT of Barangay San Antonio has
period. also been deployed to assist in rescue efforts in other municipalities and regions. There
Th e ba ra ng ay are now plans to help organize and train ERTs in every building located within the
ERP is a “living” system that changes and improves based on lessons learned. It has Barangay. This will ensure sustainability of the program.
mechanisms to include direct participation/consultation with organizations and (Source: Galing Pook Awards 2010 Magazine)
Page 4 DILG NEWS DIGEST April 2012
Seal of... from page 12 First quarter... from page 12
by Chief Superinten dent Ac cor di ng to
Municipalities identified as Il igan Cit y, also per ish ed stoc kpilin g and equipping, Al ex Paul M on teagudo, Monteagudo, the reasons for
high risk to f loodi ng, w ith during Storm Sendong in 2011. tec hnical compe tency and DI DM chi ef, t he PNP’s the continuing decrease in
priority of assessment on local Robredo said the Seal has community awareness). nati onal cri me soluti on the national crime volume
governments located in the 18 two levels of assessment: the On the other hand, LGUs efficiency rate for the first could be attributed to smart
Major River Basins. first level looks into disaster that qualified for the second quarter of this year is 34.38 policing strategies coupled
“We are focusing on the preparedness before a flood level of assessment shall be pe rcen t w hich sh ows an with the intensification of
level of preparedness of LGUs occurs; and the second focuses eval uated based on the increase of 8.5 percent from anti-criminality campaigns;
on floods since flooding is a on disast er pre paredne ss following criteria: Search and 25.84 percent of the same enhancement of intelligence
co mm on in ciden ce in t he re spo nse duri ng a disast er Resc ue (tr ained person nel, period last year. and investigative skills of
country,” he said. br ought about by a hi gh response time, equipage, and “Th er e h ad bee n PN P personn el ; poli ce
Data obtain ed from the intensity flood. zero casualty); Evacuation several high-profile crimes integrated patrol system;
Department of Environment To be assessed in the first Center Management (adequate th at tr an spi re d in many localized anti-criminality
and Natural Resources (Mines level of assessment ar e the temporary shelter for evacuees, urban c e nt er s o f th e ac tion pl an f or the loc al
and Geosciences Bureau and following: Leadership Structure power, food and water supply, c ount ry, par ti cul ar ly i n government units, including
River Basin Control Office) (organization of the disaster heal th and sanitat ion, Metro Manila but the police the barangays; and increase
show that 1,127 out of 1,634, or risk reduction and management counseling, and trained center are always working on the in the strength of the PNP
69 perc en t o f c it ies and council and the disaster risk management personnel). resolution of said cases. The personnel.
municipalities are susceptible reduction and management Local governments who sad par t i s t hat th e Despite its steps taken
to river or flashfloods. office); Guide to Action (risk pass the first level assessment resolution of said incidents in improving crime solving,
From 2009 to 2011 alone, assessment and mapping, and shall be given a Certificate of do no t me r it sam e Ro bre do said th e PNP
more than P55-billion worth of institutionalized planning and Recognition and are qualified prominence in the media should focus its forces on
infrastructure and properties budgeting) ; Disaster for the level 2 assessment. Those co mpar ed t o wh en t he y cr ime prevent io n and
were damaged by Typhoons Preparedne ss (co ntinge ncy who passed the second level w er e f ir st ai r ed o r intensified police visibility
Ondoy, Pepeng and Sendong. planning, early warning and shall be conferred with the Seal published,” the DILG chief an d ope ratio ns t o det er
Around 1,200 Filipinos, mostly evacuatio n aler t syst em, plus a Disaster Management said. commission of crimes.
in Cagayan de Oro City and pree mptive evacuat ion, Fund or disaster equipage.
Temporary halt... from page 12
requirements are complied with such as predemolition “I have directed the NCRPO to conduct a review at least 40 others were wounded, should have not
conference with informal setllers. on all policies and legal orders regarding cases of happened if all those concerned LGUs, the PNP and
Robredo said he ordered an in-depth review by demoli tion. There should be a “pre-demo lition other politicians and stakeholders have submitted
the PNP-National Capital Region Police Office of all meeting” among all stakeholders to prevent violence t he msel ves t o a m ee ti n g pr io r t o th e
rel ated polici es on demo litio n by c oncer ned such as what transpired at the Silverio compound in demolition.”Kung nag-usap lang ng maayos ang
government agencies, including the National Police and Paranaque City,” Robredo said. lahat ng concerned groups and personalities sa issue
local government units “Pending the review, hinto muna yung mga na ito, di sana ito mangyayari. The court order
The DILG chief said that after the review, there demolitions…….. habang di pa malinaw yung mga indicated that only 61 families lang ang covered ng
should be a “pre-demolition meeting” between the related policies and guidelines on this subject,” he dem oliti on per o mukhang yung lahat ng 5,000
PNP, LGUs, the National Housing Authority, those added. families sa loob ng compound ay nasabihan o na
subject of the demolition and other stakeholders prior H e said wh at tr an spi re d at th e S il ve ri o mis-l ead na kasama sila sa mga ide-demol ish,”
to the execution of any court order for said purpose. compound recently, where one person was killed and Robredo said.
AusAID-funded project to improve roads in three more provinces
Three provinces in Southern Philippines will “In partnership with the DILG and provincial the communities. There have also been improvements
soon benefit from improved road conditions through governments, Australia is working to improve the on how the partner provinces do their business,
an i nnovat ive partnership be tween the quality of roads across the country. Roads upgraded including: implementing their provincial plans with
Governments of Australia and the Philippines. by the program are cutting transportation costs and appropriate resources; rationalizing their human
Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Bill increasing access of poor Filipinos to basic services, resource management and development plans;
Tweddell, and DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo, such as schools and health clinics,” Ambassador exercising internal control and audit procedures;
recently launched the Philippines Provincial Road Tweddell said. contracting out road service delivery using their own
Management Facility in three more provinces- Aklan, While large portion of the program’s funds will be resources and generated higher local revenue; and
Davao del Norte and Lanao del Norte- in a ceremony spent on road rehabilitation and maintenance in the even increasing community participation in road
held at the Ascott Makati. provinces, the program is also supporting local rehabilitation and maintenance.
The five-year, Php 4.3 billion (A$100 million), governance reforms to improve the quality and efficiency Also present at the ceremony were the governors
Pro vincial Road Management Facil ity he lps of public service delivery to communities. Provinces of the program’s 10 partner provinces: Adolph
provincial governments upgrade and then maintain compete for extra resources trough the program’s Edward Plaza (Agusan Del Sur), Carlito Marquez
their core road network in provinces in Mindanao incentive mechanism by progressing reforms in the key (Aklan), Edgar Chatto (Bohol), Alex Calingasan
and the Visayas. The program started in seven governance areas of planning and budgeting, (Bukidnon), Rodolfo del Rosario (Davao Del Norte),
partner provinces: Bohol, Guimaras, Agusan Del procurement, internal audit, human resource Felipe Hilan Nava (Guimaras), Mohamad Khalid
Sur, Surigao Del Norte, Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental development and increasing locally-generated revenues. Dimaporo (Lanao Del Norte), Herminia Ramiro
and Misamis occidental. After showing early The facility has so far completed 14 road (Misamis Occidental), Oscar Moreno (Misamis
results, Australia decided to extend the program to rehabilitation projects, benefitting at least 51,000 people Oriental), and Sol Matugas (Surigao Del Norte).
another three provinces. and delivering material economic and social benefits to AusAID Public Affairs
Page 5 LGU EXEMPLARY PRACTICES April 2012
“24 Hour Delivery of Service: Rural Health Unit”
Background children, promotion of clean water use and proper waste management.
The nearest government hospital in the municipality of Paete, the Pakil District Curative Care –The night shift personnel attended an average of 800 to 1,000
Hospital, is often congested and incapable of attending the emergency cases due to the patients a month which is an average of 40 – 50 patients at night. The RHU was able to
volume of patients who come from all seven towns nearby. It is the only hospital decongest or lower the patients being attended to in the district and provincial hospitals
within the region and is the immediate referral hospital before heading for the Provincial by at least 15 percent. Referrals to the said hospitals have also decreased to 25 percent
Hospital in Sta. Cruz. The provincial hospital is itself having difficulty in accommodating per year since the program begun. As for births delivered, the Rural Health Unit has an
patients from all over the province. Under this scenario, most patients from Paete do average of 10 deliveries a month which doubled the number of births attended by
not receive immediate first aid treatment for their ailments. doctors when the project started in 1997.
The past few years saw the rise of cerebrovascular and heart attacks as leading Rehabilitative Care – It resulted in increased rehabilitative assistance and
causes of death in the municipality; conditions that when given first aid, can save lives. services to stroke patients in Paete. Presently, the rehab unit is open daily and has an
Likewise, because of the insufficient health facilities, it was observed that most mothers average of 8-10 patients per week seeking complete therapy. The unit has already
tend to neglect pre-natal checkups and opt to deliver their babies at home increasing extended rehabilitative care to some 100 stroke patients enabling them to function and
birth-related risks. The increasing maternal mortality rate is a serious concern. Distance regain self esteem in the community.
from the hospital and the inaccessibility of safe birth facilities contributed to the increased
maternal mortality rate. Key Implementation Steps
Thus, the municipality of Paete decided to address the problem by providing Im plementation Main Output Who are Involved Timeframe Resources Needed
immediate medical attention for emergency cases in the municipality and by st eps required
decongesting the district and provincial hospitals through filtering patients that can 1. Passage of Implementation of Local Chief 1-2 weeks Political will
already be managed by the 24-hr Rural Health Unit. Envisioning itself as a standard for resolution Executive Order and Execut ive,
approval for the cr ea tion Sangguniang Bayan
quality health care for the Paete community, the Rural Health Unit has upheld its of a 24 Hour Rural Healt h
mission of ensuring that every resident of Paete will receive outstanding health services Service
anytime of the day. The 24-Hr Rural Health Unit of Paete is only one in Laguna that has 2. Budget allocation Budget app ropria ted for Local Chief 1-2 weeks Bud get
answered this call to efficient and encompassing service to the community. needed p ersonnel Execut ive,
Because of the project’s achievements, it was recognized as one of the LGU Exemplary Municip al B udget
Practices under the DILG’s GO-FAR or Good Practices in Local Governance: Facility for Officer
Adaptation and Replication. 3. Creation of Additional staff and Local Chief 1-2 weeks Bud get
Position positions were created Execut ive, HRMO,
24-hr Rural Health Unit 4. Hiring of Personnel hired Local Chief 1-6 mont hs Resume
The Rural Health Unit caters to the needs of some 30,000 residents of Paete, Laguna. additional Execut ive, HRMO
It has two arms: the barangay extension where preventive and primary care is given by personnel
the barangay midwives and health workers (BHWs), and the 24 hour services of the 5. Scheduling of Shifting schedule of duty MHO, PHN 1-3 days List of personnel,
night du ty personnel positions, duties and
main health center where two doctors attend to patients, child care including
specified ta sks
immunizations and nutritional programs, basic laboratory tests, physical rehabilitation, 6. Establishing Referral sheet and return MHO, chief of 1 to 4 weeks Referral sheet.
monitoring and management of degenerative diseases such as hypertension and diabetes, referral system with sheets are produced. clinics for district Communication,
family planning and marriage counseling, early cancer detection program, preventive nearby district and Communica tion between and provincial service/ambulance
provincial hospital RHU and hospitals hospit als
care and first aid management to emergency cases and lastly, catering to technical and established
administrative concerns such as issuance of certificates and compilation of significant 7. Monitoring and Updat ed patients recor ds MHO, PHN, Record sheets, filing
patient data and sanitary requirements. maintaining of for im mediate retrieval for Municip al nu rse cabinet s, envelops,
The program gathered its baseline data collected from the number of admissions, patients record analysis computer
8. Annual reports Increased number of MHO, PHN, MO5 1-4 weeks Records
referrals and consultations of Paete residents in the district and provincial hospitals.
people served every year,
The annual morbidity and mortality reports of the Municipal Health Office and the decr eased mor bidity and
Office of the Civil Registrar were the bases for determining which diseases are most mortality, decreased
prevalent in the community which warranted immediate attention. The data gathered number of consultations
to d istrict and provincial
also provided the records for manner of births and who attended them. hospital
The program started with only one doctor but another doctor was hired the
following year to attend to the growing needs of the RHU. Allied health workers such Analysis and Lessons Learned
as nursing aides, utility workers, a laboratory med technician, and a microscopist were The 24-hour Rural Health Unit of Paete has been true to its mission of ensuring that
also eventually added in time to cater the patients. every constituent of Paete will receive the utmost quality health care services. The
By 2001, the addition of physical therapy center further extended the RHU’s services program has met it objectives by providing immediate and much-needed medical
to include rehabilitation of stroke patients and promotion of a Healthy Lifestyle program services to the people.
as a preventive measure for debilitating diseases prevalent in the community. The lying-in program and facilities provided mothers with safe venue for
Project Results Emergency care can be rendered round the clock.
The project proved to be successful with the following results: Medico legal cases are addressed immediately.
1. The Rural Health Unit of Paete reconstructed into a two-storey building is the Medical consultations and attention have been readily available.
only one of its kind in the Province of Laguna that caters to the needs of its constituents Advocacy on healthy living for preventive care is not neglected.
round-the-clock. It employs the following: Post-rehabilitation of stroke patients were also available.
Two (2) doctors, One (1) Dentist, One (1) Head Nurse
One (1) Sanitary Inspector, One (1) Asst. Sanitary Inspector Lessons Learned and Replicability
One (1) Medical Technologist, One (1) Physical Therapist The creation of the 24-hr RHU of Paete, Laguna has materialized the municipality’s
One (1) Family Welfare Clinic Midwife, Four (4) Municipal Nurses, commitment to provide unwavering quality health care services for its constituents, to
Four (4) Rural Health Midwives, Three (3) Nursing Attendants improve the quality of life especially the poor.
Two (2) Drivers, Three (3) Utility Workers Political will, cooperation and proper coordination can and in fact, does cause a
2. The program resulted in better services classified into three (3) categories difference in planning the program. The inputs from the mayor and the Sangguniang
namely, preventive, curative, and rehabilitative care. Bayan are most necessary.
Preventive Care – The project which involved the barangays helped in It is crucial that the whole program be accepted by the community, must have
empowering the people as it entails the promotion of lifestyle modifications to prevent sufficient budget for its operation and must engage skilled and capable managers and
all kinds of sickness, administration of immunizations and vaccinations for children personnel. Therefore, replication of this program will require a wholistic approach
and adults, pre-natal checkups, provision of pap smear and family planning counseling. which includes the capacity of the municipality and the management of all resources
The RHU also initiated nutrition programs that identify and manage malnourished available. (Source: BLGD)
Page 6 DILG NEWS DIGEST April 2012
TAPATAN on Disaster Preparedness April 26, 2012 - Iloilo City
Photos by Lito Espelimbergo
Secretary Jesse M. Robredo as he delivers his “Call to Action” message to the participants of the The DILG Secretary with the local government officials of Western Visayas who participated and
Tapatan on Disaster Preparedness and Climate Change Adaptation activity of DILG in Iloilo City. signified their commitment for disaster preparedness.
Sec. Jesse as he presents a cheque to Governor Arthur D. Defensor, Sr. of the Province of Iloilo for Regional Information Officers and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Focal Persons from
the procurement of search and rescue equipment and death benefit claims to the beneficiaries of the various DILG regional offices during a light moment with the DILG chief after their action
deceased barangay officials. With the Secretary are (L-R) Governor Victor A. Tanco,Sr. of Capiz, planning conference workshop which was one of the major activities of the Tapatan Roadshow in
DILG Region VI Director Evelyn A. Trompeta and Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog of Iloilo City. Iloilo City.
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Page 7 LEGAL OPINIONS April 2012
LGOO cannot implement SP resolution
without SILG imprimatur
Four barangay councilors filed an administrative complaint against their
punong barangay before the sangguniang bayan (SB) for abuse of authority.
The SB rendered a decision against the punong barangay for abuse of authority
and meted him with the penalty of reprimand. But, the four barangay councilors
made a partial appeal about this decision and elevated it to the Sangguniang
The SP, through a resolution, amended the findings of the SB from abuse of
authority to grave abuse of authority and increased the penalty imposed from reprimand
to suspension of six months and one day without pay.
Punong barangay has no authority Then, the SB issued a resolution designating the Local Government Operations
to create admin positions Officer (LGOO) assigned in their area to implement the decision of the SP with the
assistance of the local police.
A punong barangay created four administrative positions: Administrative On the same instance, the municipal vice mayor sought the interpretation of
Assistant for Public Information, Administrative Assistant for Social Welfare and the DILG regional office about the propriety of the penalty imposed.
Development, Administrative Clerk for Planning and Development, and
Administrative Clerk for General Services. These positions are coterminous with The DILG regional office declined to comment on the queries posed by the vice
the punong barangay. mayor considering that said matters enjoy the presumption of validity and questions
pertaining to said matters are cognizable by regular courts.
Can a punong barangay create administrative positions? Nevertheless, the regional office informed the vice mayor that the SB resolution
designating the LGOO to implement the questioned SP resolution cannot be
Held: implemented/carried out by the latter without the imprimatur of the DILG Secretary.
No. Under Section 387 (b) of the Local Government Code of 1991, the creation
of offices in the barangay is a power granted by law exclusively on the legislative Issues:
branch of the LGU, in this case, the sangguniang barangay. 1. Can the LGOO implement the SP resolution without the imprimatur of the
Also, the LGC and its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) are devoid DILG Secretary?
of any provision giving the punong barangay the authority to create any office or 2. Pending the finality of the SP decision, can the punong barangay receive
position in the barangay. At most, the punong barangay may recommend or his salary?
request the sangguniang barangay to enact an ordinance creating one or several 3. Does he have the authority to act on the financial transactions of the
offices which he deems essential or necessary for the efficient operation of the barangay?
barangay, but the sangguniang barangay still has the sole prerogative of deciding
whether or not to create the said office/s. Held:
In a previous legal opinion of the Department, it stated that the creation of As to the first issue, the LGOO cannot implement the decision of the SP without
positions has to be done by way of an ordinance providing therein the qualification the imprimatur of the SILG. Under DILG Circular No. 2010-09, the SILG delegated
standards and compensation for the newly-created posts. the power to implement administrative decisions involving local officials and
Hence, the creation of the four administrative positions in the case at bar personnel with the exception of governors and mayors of highly urbanized cities
suffers from legal infirmity having been issued without any legal basis. to the Undersecretary for Local Governments (USLG).
(DILG legal Opinion No. 30, S. 2012)
In which case, requests for implementation of SP Resolution on disciplinary
On the corporate existence of a barangay actions involving local officials may be coursed by the SB to the Secretary through
the USLG, or the LGOO may seek the approval of the SILG through the USLG prior
Issue: to carrying out the order of the SB.
When does the corporate existence of a barangay begin?
However, it should be noted that the implementation of the SB decision in
Held: administrative cases may also be implemented by the Office of the Mayor pursuant
Section 14 of the Local Government Code of 1991 provides the general rule to his power of supervision over the barangays under Section 32 of the Local
that the corporate existence of a local government unit, including barangays, shall government Code of 1991, upon a resolution passed by the SB ordering or requesting
commence upon the election and qualification of its chief executive and a majority said Office to implement the same.
of the members of its sanggunian. However, this provision also contains an
exception to the rule, “unless some other time is fixed therefore by the law or With regard to the second question, the SP decision in administrative appeals
ordinance creating it.” is not final and executory unlike the decisions rendered by the Office of the President
Thus, if the law or ordinance creating a new local government unit is silent as based on Section 67 of the LGC. This means that until the lapse of the period for
to the time or period when its corporate existence shall begin, then the general rule filing a motion for reconsideration before the SP, or the filing of an appropriate
stated in Section 14 of the LGC shall govern. action before the regular courts and without any action being taken thereon, said
On the other hand, if the law or ordinance creating a new LGU provides some decision cannot be implemented by the SB. As such, pending the finality of the SP
other time (other than that is provided under Section 14 of the Code), then the decision, the punong barangay is still entitled to receive his salary as well as to
corporate existence of the LGU commences at such time. perform the functions of his office, which include the authority to act on the financial
(DILG Legal Opinion No. 29, S. 2012) transactions of the barangay. (DILG Legal Opinion No. 33, S. 2012)
Page 8 THE REGIONS AT A GLANCE April 2012
Care for School Chairs Run ‘generates funds’
CITY OF TAGUM, DAVAO DEL NORTE. In order making a difference in education, especially in far- participated runs, this time generating support from
to generate more funds for its Care for School Chairs flung schools,” he said. sectors such as Government, Education, NGO/Civic
program, the city government of Tagum recently held Based on the data released by the office of Vice Group, Private/Business, Religious and the Youth.
the Care for School Chairs Run participated in by Mayor Allan L. Rellon whose office served as the run’s Perhaps the most unique participants in this run were
around 5,000 registrants from the city and nearby local lead organizer, pledges from private companies and the different breeds of dogs with their respective owners
governments. individuals also poured in. who organized themselves as the Dog Owners of Tagum
The Care for School Chairs Program is a brilliant San Miguel Brewery, Inc. donated 40 gallons of Association (DOTA).
initiative of Tagum City Mayor Rey Uy which provides paints and 10,000 pesos cash, while Apex Mining All of the participants ran under 2-kilometer and
free school furniture made out of confiscated logs to donated 3,000 pesos in cash. Among those who pledged 5-kilometer distances, respectively. Raffle items were
public schools support to the program through donating paints are as also given away after the run.
More than P255,600 had been generated from the follows: Veneer Plywood Factory (10 gallons), Sto. Niño Launched in August 2011, the Care for School
early m orn ing r un whi ch came fr om the P50 School of Science and Technology (4 gallons), St. Joseph Chairs Program prides itself as an LGU-powered and
registration fee of each participant. Learning Institute (1 gallon), Davao Metro Shuttle (6 volunteer-driven initiative which are two key factors
In his speech prior to the start of the program, Uy gallons), Hijo Resources, Inc. (10 boxes of paints), Multi- in the delivery of 32,040 pieces of school furniture such
expressed his gratitude to all the people who showed Color Paint Center (1 gallon), Bureau of Internal as armchairs, desks, kiddie chairs and tables as of
concern to the school children through participating Revenue (6 gallons), Tagum Petron Mega Station (6 March 23, 2012 to different schools not only in Tagum
in the said run. boxes of paints) and Mr. Danilo Carpio (2 gallons). but the whole Davao Region in general.
“Fifty pesos per person will go a long way in The said event holds the record as one of the highly- City Information Office- Tagum
Region 3’s showcase barangay holds Assembly Day
SAN MIGUEL, LUBAO, PAMPANGA. fro m the previo usly conduc ted On the other hand, Congressman Pampan ga, whi le M ayo r Mylyn P.
The showcase barangay in Region 3, assemblies since barangay officials have Agapito Guanlao o f Butil partylist Cayabyab sai d t hat t he to wn
held its Barangay Assembly on March now adopted the Barangay Governance vowed to assist farmers, most especially government will assist the barangay in
31, 2012, atten ded by baran gay Per forman ce Man ageme nt System in t hei r i rr igati on ne eds an d to the best way it can.
residents, local and regional officials (BGPMS) through State of Barangay transform Barangay San Miguel into a Prior to the assembly, activities
and funct ionari es, as well as Governance Report (SBGR). mo de rn agric ul tur al barangay in such as inspection of San Miguel Creek,
represent atives from natio nal Inspection of the Material Recovery
government agencies and other key Faci lit y ( MRF), M edi cal M issio n/
sectors. ”Operation Tuli” and Free Massage
Punong Barangay Angelito Bansil Therapy were undertaken.
comprehensively rendered his State of After visiting the barangay’s MRF,
Barangay Governance Report (Ulat sa Gov. Lilia Pineda instructed PB Bansil
Barangay) and proudly reported that his to negotiate the purchase of the lot
barangay gained an overall adjectival adjacen t t o the M RF for t he
rating of “excellent” in the DILG’s establishment of the green house and
Barangay Governance Performance more spacious barangay nursery to be
Management System (LGPMS). funded by the provincial government.
He further reported the current Me anw hi le, DI LG- 3 Region al
issues and problems of the barangay Director Florida Dijan lauded the local
such as t he abse nce of subsidy of officials whom she described as role
cert ified seeds ( palay and co rn); models in governance, saying that “the
insufficient post-harvest facilities like sh in ing ac co mpl ishme nt s o f l oc al
hand tractors, threshers, water pumps; of fi cials in Pampan ga ar e l uc id
the need for a “Botika sa Barangay;” lack manif estatio ns of transparen t and
of liveli hood program s for the efficient service to the community.”
unemployed men and women, among Th e act ivi ty en de d w ith t he
others. San Miguel, Lubao, Pampanga Punong Barangay Angelito Bansil hands over copies of State of symbolic turn-over of the copies of
DILG Provincial Director Angelina Barangay Governance Report (Ulat sa Barangay) to DILG-3 Regional Director Florida Dijan, SBGR to RD Dijan, Governor Pineda,
S. Blanco, on the other hand, emphasized Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda and Lubao Mayor Mylyn P. Cayabyab during the barangay’s Co ngr essman Guan lao an d Mayor
that this year’s activity is far different Assembly Day. Cayabyab.
DILG-Caraga welcomes IEG as partner in environmental CapDev efforts
The DILG regional office in Caraga is welcoming environmental concerns in the region. IEG’s goal is to effect sustainable development
the Institute of Environmental Governance (IEG), ”The establishment of IEG will supplement our and capacitate local government officials in the
which was recently launched at the Father Saturnino capacity development (CapDev) programs in areas execution of environmental laws in response to the
Urios University (FSUU) in cooperation with Tanggol where we don’t have mastery like the adjudication of ever-increasing demand for capacity building of Local
Kalikasan, a Public Interest Environmental Law Office, environmental laws and its remedies, such as the Writ Government Units.
as its new partner in capacitating local government of Kalikasan and the Strategic Lawsuit Against Public The Institute will cater three levels: Level One (I)
of fic ials to car ry out e nvi ro nme ntal l aw s and Participation (SLAPP),” said Famacion. shall be designed to serve the needs of Barangay
directives. The DILG also shared the region’s current status Officials; Level Two (II) will cater to the needs of
In her message during IEG’s launch recently, o n th e i mple me n tati on o f e nvir o nm en tal Municipal, City and Provincial Officials; and Level
Famacion said that the DILG as an enabler for service- interventions together with partners, donors and Three (III) will cater to Judges, Prosecutors and
providers like FSUU believes the partnership and o th er stakeh ol de r s, and pr om ised to h ighl y Selected National Government Agencies. At present,
teamwork of stakeholders, including Civil Society recommend to the Local Government Academy Father Saturnino Urios University will host IEG Level
Organizations (CSOs) like Tanggol Kalikasan, will (LGA) that future CapDev activities will be tied up One (I) for the Barangay Officials in Butuan City and
set the paradigm of a holistic approach in addressing with IEG. nearby provinces. Florian Faith Jr. P. Bayawa
Page 9 THE REGIONS AT A GLANCE April 2012
DILG-8 holds 47th Batch Induction Training for LGOOs II
PALO, LEYTE. Twenty-two (22) Local Government Management Team and designated the corresponding trainees will be assigned in a Municipality or City
Operations Officers (LGOO s) II are currently facilitators, secretariat and documentors for the and shall implement their Action Plans which they
undergoing the Induction Training (47th Batch) of the different modules. prepared at the end of the Center Training.
Department of the Interior and Local Government The training is composed of several Components: Component 3 (Competency Assessment) is where
(DILG) Regional Office-8 at the St. John the Evangelist Component 1 was conducted last March 26-30, trainees who have successfully completed the
School of Theology here. 2012 and covered a General Orientation of the history requirements of the previous Components are validated
DILG-8 Regional Director Pedro Noval Jr. said the and evolution, mandate, vision and mission, outcome for certification through a paper and pencil test and
Induction Training for LGOOs is an integral program framework and key programs. simulated exercises and interviews to be conducted by
of the Department to further strengthen its internal Component 2 is divided into two Phases. The first a team with extensive knowledge in local governance.
and organizational competencies critical in helping Phase or Center Training which started last April 10, Those who pass Component 3 as certified by the
its clients address its service delivery functions. 2012 is a two-month live-in training consisting of assessment team shall be issued a Certificate of
Noval said the training aims to fully capacitate seven modules, ranging from 1) Effective Interpersonal Completion (Component 4) by the LGA which shall
its new LGOOs II who took office last October 2011, or Relations and Team Development; 2) DILG and its make them eligible for promotion to a higher LGOO
untrained ones who also passed the Department’s Role in Local Governance; 3) Dynamics of Local position.
LGOO II psychometric examination, to enable them to Governance; 4) Assessment of LGU Operations and Director Noval is confident that at the end of the
provide all sorts of technical assistance to LGUs in Performance; 5) Project Preparation, Networking and training, the participants would be fully equipped to
support of the Department’s mandate. Social Marketing; 6) Managing Learning Events; and respond positively to all situations in LGUs where they
To respond to training requirements set by the 7) Program Monitoring and Evaluation. will be assigned. The Department has field officers at
Local Government Academy (LGA), the DILG The second phase or Field Immersion (Supervised all municipalities to help LGUs deliver the services
Regional M ana gem ent form ed a Tra ining Field Practice) is the application phase where the expected of them.
DILG XIII outstanding lupong
tagapamayapa winners feted
It is best to settle things Telaje of Tandag City, Surigao Lupong Tagapamayapa was
amicably. de l Sur; 1 st t o 3 r d Cl ass con ducted by t he Lupong
Th is is th e gui di ng Municipal category - Barangay Tagapamayapa I ncenti ves
pr in ciple of lupo ng Poblacion of Barobo, Surigao Awar ds (LTI A) Regi onal
tagapamayapa members at the del Sur; and 4 th to 6 th Cl ass Awards Committee (RAC) of
barangay level who do their Municipal category - . Quezon DILG Region XIII - Caraga.
best to iron things out between of Mainit, Surigao del Norte. The Lupons were assessed
feuding parties for the speedy On the other han d, the through their performance and
administration of justice and to following barangays emerged acco mplishm ents by the
preserve peace and order at the as first and second runners-up: committee organized at the
barangay level. (component city) Brgy. Mabini regional, provi ncial and
Just rec en tly, t he of Cabadbaran City, Agusan del municipal levels on the basis of
Department of the Interior and Norte and Brgy. Canlanipa of the following criteria, to wit: a.)
Local Government Region XIII Surigao City, Surigao del Norte; efficiency of operations; b.)
feted the outstanding lupong (1 st to 3 r d c lass mun icipal effectiveness in securing the
tagapamayapa in the regional category) Brgy. Ata-atahon of Kat arungang Pambaran gay TOWIL AWARDEE DILG Region VI Regional Director Evelyn
Trompeta receives the TOWIL (The Most Outstanding Women of Iloilo
cate gor y for t he pe ri od Nasipit, Agusan del Norte and objectives; and c.) creativity and
City) award in the field of Government Service at the SM City Activity
covering 1st to 4th Quarters of Brgy. Zamora of Talacogon, resourcefulness of mediators. Center from Iloilo City Congressman Jerry P. Treñas and AKBAYAN
C.Y. 2011. Agusan del Sur; and (4th to 6th The Regional winners will Representative Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel. Joining them on stage are Iloilo
Th e f oll owi ng ar e t he class municipal category) Brgy. be endorsed to the National City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, Vice Mayor Jose Espinosa III and Councilor
winners in their respective Poblacion of Carmen, Agusan Awards Committee (NAC) as Plaridel Nava. TOWIL is a search being sponsored by the Office of the City
categories: highly urbanized del Norte. regi onal n ominee s for the Mayor, Gender and Development Team, Sangguniang Panglungsod
city - Brgy. San Vicente, Butuan The regional assessment National Search for LTIA C.Y. Committee on Women and Family Relations and by the HALIGI
City; component city - Brgy. for the Search for Outstanding 2012. Florian Faith Jr. P. Bayawa
Training on GAD responsive planning and budgeting held
DAVAO CITY. As part of the Department’s efforts of Magna Carta for Women (MCW) and the roles of “Removing inequalities gives societies a better
towards gender and development (GAD)-responsive DILG on the implementation of MCW, gender related chance to develop. When women and men have
local governance, DILG XI recently conducted a two- laws, directives and issuances. relative equality, economies grow faster, children’s
day enhancement skills training on GAD responsive At the same time, the training also intends to ensure health improves and there is less corruption. Gender
planning, budgeting and harmonized GAD guidelines. the 5% GAD Allocation for 2013 indicative PPAs for equality is an important human right,” he added.
The event was held at Bahay Alumni, Brokenshire, inclusion in the Region XI GAD Plan and Budget CY At the end of the activity, the participants were
Madapo Hills here and was participated in by 32 GAD 2013. able to craft and submit the 2013 GAD Plan and Budget
from the regional and provincial/city levels as well as In his message to the participants, Jose underscored using the 5% GAD budget allocation and LGU Re-
planning and budgeting officers. that gender equality is central to economic and human entry Plan to the resource person, Ms. Lilibeth D.
Regional Director Francisco Jose said the activity development in any country. Masangkay of DILG Planning Division of the Central
aims to ensure proper implementation of GAD “This is the goal of Millennium Development Goal Office.
programs and to enhance the competencies of GAD 3, and is also central to the achievement of all the other The closing program was also attended by ARD
focal persons on basic gender concepts, salient features MDGs,” he said. Wilhelm Suyko and all division chiefs.
Page 10 THE INTERIOR SECTOR AT A GLANCE April 2012
Carnapping incidents dip by 49% in March
The campaign against carnap syndicates is such as the conduct of checkpoints on all roads leading claim purposes, casino-pawned and other pawned
gaining ground as latest reports from the the to seaports, enhanced collaboration with district anti- vehicles, refusal to pay monthly amortization
Philippine National Police (PNP) Highway Patrol ca rna pp ing units of M etro M anila , a nd especially concerning motorcycles and such other
Group show a significant 49.5% percent decrease operationalization of the HPG SMS Info Text which is related circumstances.
in carnapping incidents in March this year. now undergoing field testing. The same report also showed that motorcycle
DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo, citing the report Robredo also cit ed the m ajor operat ional theft dipped by 33.3% or from 51 in March 2011 to
submitted by PNP-HPG Director, P/Chief Supt. accomplishments of the PNP-HPG for the month of only 34 in March this year, while stolen four-
Leonardo Espina, said only 53 carnapping March alone which include the arrest of Francis wheeled motor vehicles also plunged by 64.81%
incidents transpired in March this year, compared Humiding, whose criminal activities include highway or 19 incidents this March as compared to the 54
to 105 incidents for the same period last year or a robbery and carnapping at a checkpoint along cases in March 2011.
decrease of 49.5%. provincial road, Ramon, Isabela, and the arrest of On the other hand, 92 percent or 49 carnapped
“I acknowledge the untiring efforts of the Alberta Lising who is involved in carnapping in vehicles were stolen while parked while the others
Highway Patrol Group that led to the continuous Rodriguez, Rizal while in the possession of stolen were forcibly taken or seized at gunpoint with
decline in the number of carnapping incidents in motorcycles and picklocks. intimidation.
the country,” he said, as he urged them to maintain He pointed out that the reported carnapping As to the region with the most number of
their resolve not only to unmask and arrest carnap incidents do not include those that were reported in carnapping cases, National Capital Region had
syndicates but also to recover the stolen vehicles. the different police stations nationwide as carnapping the lion’s share with 87 percent, while the city of
The DILG Secretary attributed the decrease to cases but, when further validated, turned out to be Manila topped the list of carnapping prone areas
the implementation of anti-carnapping initiatives cases of estafa, hoax or feigned reports for insurance in Metro Manila, followed by Quezon City.
BFP-Batangas collects P2.6-M in fire code fees
The B ureau of Fire clearance fee for P802,011.00 for
Protection (BFP) of Batangas a total of P2,604,690.11.
City has collected the highest Filipinas Shell is located
amount paid by a company on at Batangas City.
a single receipt as payment for Cuartel, who is the first
fire code fees for the year 2011 woman with the rank of Chief
in the whole region. Supt. in the fire bureau, said the
In a report to BFP Officer- comp any is also fully
in-Charge C/Supt. Samuel supporting the BFP project
Perez, Region IV-A Director C/ Kiddie Fire Marshal which was
Sup t. Nim fa Cua rtel said introduced by Batangas City
F i l i p i n a s S h e l l Fire Marshal C/Insp. Rommel
Petroleum Corporation remitted Trodia to intensify fire safety
P2,604,690.11 to the BFP as awareness among the children
payment for its fire code fees for of the workers of the company.
the past year. In her report, Cuartel also
“This is the highest amount mentioned the inauguration of
paid in the fire code fees for the a new b uilding nam ed
whole region,” said Cuartel in Ba ndilla b uilding which
her report. stands beside the Linsangan
The lady fire regional Bu ild ing inside Ca mp
director said the company’s Castaneda recently.
payment includes P1,798,879.11 The P 4.5 -million fou r-
for Fire Code Realty Tax (FCRT) story building will house the
under code 628; Fire Safety finance and administrative
BFP Region IV-A Director C/Supt. Nimfa Cuartel supervises and inspects the delivered fire fighting equipment at Inspection Fee (FSIF) in the services of BFP Region IV-A.
their new building in Camp Vicente Lim, Laguna. amount of P3,800.00; storage Julian Meneses
PNP crisis responders getting better
The capability of crisis responders of the Philippine National Police has assisted capacity-building programs as well as the PNP-initiated capability
significantly improved over the years. enhancement program of acquiring better and more police equipment required
This assessment was made by PNP Chief, Director General Nicanor Bartolome by crisis responders.
who personally witnessed the execution of crisis response exercises by PNP The Crisis Action Force (CAF) Evaluation Exercise is designed purposely to
tactical units that participated in the 2nd Evaluation Exercise of the Crisis Action test the capability of PNP crisis responders in handling police emergency
Force held from April 11 to 13 in Batangas City. situations, such as terrorist-related incidents, hostage-taking, natural disaster
Police crisis responders who joined the exercises were the Special Action and other man-made emergencies.
Force, (SAF), Maritime Group (MARIG), and Aviation Security Group, It involves simulated exercises of hypothetical police emergency situations
(AvSeGroup). in sea, air and land environments.
Bartolome said the skills and proficiency of crisis responders are evidently The 1st CAF Evaluation Exercise was held August 2011 and the PNP plans
better now as compared to previous years with the help of local and foreign- to make this activity an annual event. (PNP-PIO)
Page 11 THE INTERIOR SECTOR AT A GLANCE April 2012
No more jueteng in Cam Sur Court denies TRO
Camarines Sur can now be Lipana, Camarines Sur PNP officers will be relieved if they
considered a no-jueteng zone as
operations of the illegal numbers
Director, the DILG chief said
jueteng operations stopped
would be remiss in their duty to
curb illegal gambling activities
on procurement of firetrucks
game in the province has totally when the local franchise holders in their areas of responsibility.
stopped. of small town lottery has Robredo, who is also the T he p etit ion for a d id not ripen int o t he
The success of the effort to stopped its operations in the chairman of the National Police temporary restraining order issuance of a Notice of Award
stop jueteng in Camarines Sur entire province. Commission (Napolcom) said (TRO) by Kolonwell Trading b y t he B u reau . As such,
can be attributed to the relentless The DILG chief said Lipana operatives of the DILG-OIS on t he hold ing of a new whatever right the petitioners
initiatives of operatives of the has directed all chiefs of police arrested 51 persons employed bidding for the procurement m a y ha v e a s a low est /
DILG Internal Security Office as and their men in the province to by the Evenchance Gaming of firetrucks was denied by a winning bidder cannot be
well as to the officers and men of closely monitor any indication Corporation, an STL franchise Quezon City court recently for consid ered a s clea r a nd
the Camarines Sur PNP office, of jueteng operations in operator in Camarines Sur and lack of merit. unmistakeable to warrant the
according to DILG Secretary Camarines Sur and immediately Sorsogon, during the March 23 This is according to the issuance of a TRO,” the court
Jesse Robredo. conduct raids if they still exist in simultaneous raids, in the ord er tha t was penned by order partly reads.
“The success of the anti- any part of the province. towns of Calabanga, Pili and Judge Bernelito Fernandez of “In view of the foregoing,
jueteng campaign in Camarines Last March 28, Robredo Bato. t he Q C Cou rt B ra nch 9 7 this Court rules to deny the
Sur clearly indicates that it can ordered the relief of chiefs of As a result of the raids, the which states that the petition prayer for the issuance of a
be done if local police officers police in three towns in DIL G chief said he would of Ju a nit o T ionloc of TRO for lack of merit.”
and men will it. It should be a Camarines Sur for their failure recommend to the Philippine Kolonwell trading and Hubei DILG Secret ary Jesse
good example to all other to stop the proliferation of illegal Charity Sweepstakes Office Jiangna Special Automobile Robredo said he welcomes
provinces where jueteng and numbers game jueteng in their (PCSO) the ca ncellation of Co. Ltd. seeking for a TRO on this ruling by the QC Court
other forms illegal gambling respective areas of jurisdiction. Evenchance Ga ming the conduct of a new bidding B ra nch 97 and ex p ressed
operations exist,” Robredo said. The relief orders were Corporation’s franchise to for firetrucks was not granted hope that there would be no
Citing reports from Senior carried out based on the PNP’s operate STL in the Bicol Region for the failure on the part of fu rt her d elay in t he
Superintendent Procopio standing “one strike policy” that for operating jueteng. the petit ioner to show “ a procurement of firetrucks.
clea r and unm ist a k ab le “There has already been
right” to warrant the issuance much delay in the bidding and
of a TRO. acquisition of firetrucks for
T o b e ent it led t o a n the BFP and we hope that we
injunctive writ, a previous can already go on with the
case ru ling in the ca se of process because we want to
Wilson Ong Ching Kia n m a ke sure t ha t t here a re
Chua n v s. Hon. Cou rt of enough firetrucks that will
App eals and Lorenzo Tan help our BFP in responding to
(G.R. No. 130360, August 15, fire incid ents all ov er t he
2001) states that petitioners country,” he said.
must show the existence of a E a rlier, t he BFP
clear and unmistakable right transferred the bidding on
and an urgent and paramount the purchase of fire trucks to
necessity for t he w rit t o the Procurement Service of the
prevent serious damages. DBM after a failure of bidding
“ Alt houg h it w ou ld on the grounds that the lowest
a pp ea r t ha t t he Bid s and bidder, Kolonwell Trading,
Awa rds Committee of the d id not com p ly w it h t he
B urea u of F ire P rotect ion requirem ent on Elect ronic
Officers of the Manila City Jail during their regular personnel information and education briefing in preparation for (BAC-BFP) recommended the Filing and Processing System
the summer season. award of the contract to the (eFP S) of t he B u rea u of
herein petitioners, the same Internal Revenue (BIR).
Muntinlupa fire bureau to conduct water rescue seminar
The Muntinlupa Central Fire Station of the personnel as well as barangay volunteers so that The training will start anytime this month
Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) will conduct they will be better prepared when calamities strike near the lake along Alabang area.
water rescue training for its personnel and in these low-lying areas,” Aguto said. The BFP ’s mission is to sa ve lives a nd
barangay volu nteers in preparation for the Muntinlupa City is one of the hardest hit when properties and its personnel are always the first
coming rainy season in support of the Disaster tropical storms “Ondoy” and “Pepeng” struck the responders in major calamities and disasters such
Preparedness Program of the Department of the country last year. as t he Guihu lng an earthqua ke a nd Dav ao
Interior and Local Government (DILG). The Muntinlupa City Fire Chief said his office flashflood.
In a rep ort DIL G Secret ary Jesse M . will coordinate with the Philippine Coast Guard BFP Muntinlupa has amphibian and rubber
Robredo, Muntinlupa City Fire Marshal C/Insp. (PCG) and other concerned agencies to request them boats that can be used in case of floods and other
Rodrick Ag ut o said this t ra ining w ill b e to share their knowledge, skills and expertise in the emergencies.
conducted in the eight flood-prone barangays of conduct of the water rescue training program. Earlier, Robredo called on the support of local
the city, except Ayala Alabang, which are located “Although fire personnel had already been government units and all agencies under its
near the Laguna Lake. trained on water rescue in the past, we have to jurisdiction to aim for zero casualties in times of
“We have to undertake efforts to train our constantly update our skills,” he said. disasters. J. Meneses
First quarter national crime
volume down by 16.77%
There are lesser crime and crimes against property ”The comparative crime
incidents for the first three su ch as robbery, t heft, trend b etw een the first
mont hs of the y ea r, carjacking and cattle rustling) quarters of 2011 and 2012
according to DILG Secretary from January to March this year indicat es tha t there is a VOL. 7 NO. 1 January 2012
Jesse Robredo. also dipped by 19.86 percent or significant d rop in t he
Citing reports submitted nu mbered around 3 4,0 00 commission of crimes on the
to him by the P NP compared to 42,479 incidents first three months of this year.
Directorate for Investigation recorded for the same period That is a total crime volume VOL. 7 NO. 4 April 2012
and Detective Management, past year. of 66,899 in 2011 and a total
Robredo said this year’s first
qu art er nat ional crime
In the case of non-index of 55,680 in 2012 or a decrease Temporary halt
crimes (violations of special of 16.77 percent. If this trend
volume ha s d ropp ed by
11,219 or an average drop of
laws such as illegal logging or
local laws or ordinances), a
does not change, w e can
safely assume that peace and
in MM demolitions ordered
16.77 percent compared to total of 21,6 37 cases were order situation will improve Albeit temporary, all planned demolitions in certain squatter
the same period last year. recorded on the first quarter of for the rest of the year,” the areas in Metro Manila are now halted, unless all requirements
Index crim e records this year or 11.40 percent lower DILG chief said. are met.
(crimes against person such compared to 24,420 recorded in Robredo said that based DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo said he has ordered the
as mu rd er, homicid e, Ja nua ry to March 201 1, on reports submitted to him Philippine National Police (PNP) not to provide assistance during
physical injury and rape, Robredo said. Continued on page 4 demolitions in squatter areas in the metropolis unless all the
Continued on page 4
Seal of Disaster
After the Seal of Good
Housekeeping (SGH) comes the Seal of
Disaster Preparedness for Floods (SDP).
This new program, which was
launched recently, aims to recognize
the performance and efforts of local
governments in institutionalizing
disaster preparedness for floods.
DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo said
that while there is already the SGH
which cites LGU initia tiv es on
transparency and accountability, the
SDP was conceptualized solely to
further motivate local governments to
put disaster preparedness on top of
their priority development agenda.
Robredo said the SDP shall be
conferred to a local government which
demonstrates an acceptable level of
disaster preparedness and disaster
preparedness response before and
during floods, as an official symbol of
“Through the SDP program, we
will not only provide incentives to
LGUs that fa red well on disa ster
preparedness, we will also be able to
assess performance gaps, provide
policy or program intervention based
on the identified gaps, and monitor
performance progress,” he said.
Covered under initial assessment Secretary Robredo signs the Memo Circulars which will implement the three DILG initiatives namely; the Seal of Disaster Preparedness, the Seal
for the SDP are the Provinces, Cities and of Good Housekeeping, and the Gawad Pamana ng Lahi, which recognize the performance and efforts of LGUs in institutionalizing reforms and
Continued on page 4 development in their localities held recently at Sulu Hotel, Quezon City. Photo by Rudy Sanchez