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Govt flies 209 trapped Hajj pilgrims out of Zamboanga City

September 16, 2013

Manila, Philippines -- Despite sporadic firefight between security forces and the armed group of Nur Misuari, the government on Thursday managed to fly 209 Hajj pilgrims safely out of Zamboanga City through the international airport which has been closed from commercial traffic for five days now.

Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas said the 209 pilgrims were part of...

Roxas - Primary mission is to save lives

September 12, 2013

Manila, Philippines -- Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas today stressed that the primary mission of government forces still stationed in Zamboanga City is to secure the safe release of hostages who are being used as “human shield” of armed men believed to be rogue elements of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).

“Malinaw ang pangunahing...

Roxas to PNP, mobilize cops for disaster response

August 22, 2013

Manila, Philippines -- Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas directed the Philippine National Police (PNP) to ensure the activation of all Disaster Incident Management Task Groups in areas that are seriously affected by the onslaught of Typhoon Maring.

Roxas, who is also vice chair of the National Risk Reduction and Management Council, also instructed the PNP to declare...

Roxas rules out bomb or IED as cause of blast in San Juan

August 22, 2013

Manila, Philippines -- Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas II ruled out the use of bomb or improvised explosive device (IED) as the cause of explosion from an establishment in San Juan City before dawn Saturday.

In a brief interview with newsmen, the DILG chief who rushed to the blast site early yesterday morning said there are no indications, based on information...

Roxas - DOST-PAGASA to coordinate closely with Metro Mayors on weather, flood warnings

August 22, 2013

Manila, Philippines -- Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II on Thursday called on the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) to work closely with the 17 Metro Manila mayors on weather and flood warnings to enable them to make sound decisions on flood-related...

President lauds Roxas for doing a good job

August 15, 2013

Manila Philippines -- President Benigno S. Aquino III on Tuesday/August 13 lauded Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas II’s good performance at the department, saying Roxas always finds solutions to problems being brought to his attention.

“Kahit gaano karami po ang iniaatas natin kay Mar, alam ko kapag kay Mar ako bumaling, siguradong may mabuting resulta. Yan...

Roxas hands key to first ISF resettled in Bulacan

August 14, 2013

Manila, Philippines -- Some 90 minutes after leaving their ramshackle dwelling on the banks of San Juan River, Noel and Marilou Talisic on Monday/August 5 received the key to their new home in San Jose del Monte from Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas.

“Masayang-masaya po kami ng aking pamilya at nabiyayaan kami ng ganitong pagkakataon ng pamahalaan,”...

Govt allots P170-M to renovate old PNP stations nationwide

August 12, 2013

Manila, Philippines --Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas on Aug. 2 said the government has allocated some P170 million for the renovation and rehabilitation of some 1,700 old or dilapidated police stations nationwide to give lawmen dignity in their place of work.

Called “Oplan Dignity,” the renovation program would cover around 1,700 police stations for a...

80 ISFs move out of San Juan danger zone as govt implements OPLAN LIKAS

August 9, 2013

Manila, Philippines  -  Without any hitch, the first 80 of the 606 identified informal settlers-families (ISFs) in San Juan City relocated to their new homes in Bulacan on August 5 just hours after voluntarily dismantling their shanties built within the danger zone on the banks the San Juan River located at Bgy. Salapan.

Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, head...

Roxas assures LGUs of full support

July 23, 2013

Manila, Philippines -- Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas on Friday/July 19 assured local government officials of full support from the national leadership, describing them as partners in bringing about change and true service to the Filipino people.

In separate speeches after inducting the members of the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) and League of...

Roxas relieves Calabarzon Police Chief

July 23, 2013

Roxas orders probe on death of recaptured bank robbers

July 17, 2013

Manila, Philippines -- Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas Tuesday/July 16 ordered an investigation into the deaths of two convicted serial bank robbers of the Ozamis crime group in San Pedro, Laguna after they were brought for inquest Monday afternoon to the Cavite Provincial Prosecutors Office.

“Ibinalita sa akin ang malungkot na nangyari kahapon habang ang mga...

Roxas lauds PNP for a job well done, four convicts recaptured

July 17, 2013

Manila, Philippines -- Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas announced the successful recapture of four convicts over the weekend and lauded the Philippine National Police for a job well done.  On Monday/July 15, Roxas expressed hope that it would be accepted by the public as a “down payment” for the improved performance of the Philippine National Police in...

P540M EU-PHL justice program for poor launched

July 15, 2013

Manila, Philippines -- The European Union (EU) and the Philippines launched on July 11 a joint P540-million (Eur10 million) comprehensive reform program funded by the EU to help the government address the problem of human rights violations, including extra-legal killings and enforced disappearances.

 Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, Justice Secretary Leila de...

DILG to do away with bata-bata or padrino system, corruption on cops recruitment

July 12, 2013

Manila, Philippines --  Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas on Thursday (July 11) said concrete reform measures are being undertaken at the Philippine National Police to cleanse its ranks of any vestiges of corruption, particularly at the start of recruitment of its new personnel.

He said he considers it a big challenge for the DILG, PNP and the National Police...

BGC unit owners to do self-assessment of gas systems, says BFP

July 11, 2013

Manila, Philippines -- Unit owners at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig will have to do a self-inspection and assessment of the gas systems in their respective buildings under their mutually-agreed timeline with the Bureau of Fire Protection in the aftermath of the tragic Serendra Two blast that killed four people last May 31.

In the first of a series of consultation with unit...

Roxas assures LGUs of full support

July 8, 2013

Manila, Philippines -- Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas on Friday/July 5 assured local  government officials of full support from the national leadership, describing them as partners in bringing about change and true service to the Filipino people.

In a speech after inducting the members of the League of Vice Governors of the Philippines at the Solaire Hotel...

Roxas assures San Juan kin blast probe will be thorough and exclusive

July 5, 2013

Manila, Philippines -- Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas on Thursday/Jan. 4 assured the family of Serendra 2 blast victim Angelito San Juan that the inquiry into the May 31 tragic incident will be “thorough and conclusive.“

At the same time Roxas appealed for sobriety in the aftermath of the death of San Juan, saying the government has been transparent...

No more padrinos in PNP, says Roxas

July 5, 2013

Manila, Philippines -- A new recruitment process to address the so-called ‘padrino’ system in the Philippine National Police will soon be implemented as part of the wide-ranging reforms in the country’s police force.

Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas said a “tambiolo” system of selection will give policemen a chance to prove their worth...

Roxas - PNP closer to One Police, One Gun goal

July 5, 2013

Manila, Philippines - Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas on Tuesday/July 2 said the government’s acquisition of 74,879 units of Glock 17 Generation 4 9mm pistol worth P1.2 billion has moved it closer to the Philippine National Police’s goal of arming each police officer with a service pistol.

”Our goal is to achieve a ratio of one gun to one police...

DILG to probe role of squatting syndicate

July 3, 2013

Manila, Philippines - The Department of the Interior and Local Government will look into reports that leaders of a professional squatting syndicate are allegedly agitating and funding resistance efforts of informal settler-families (ISFs) who are not under the government’s relocation program.

DILG Undersecretary Francisco Fernandez issued the statement after Quezon City Mayor...

Roxas condemns attack on PNP trainees

July 1, 2013

Manila, Philippines -- Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas has condemned  in the strongest terms the savage ambush of Philippine National Police trainees early this morning/June 28 at Sitio Cabunagan in Tadian, Mountain Province. The trainees, according to Roxas, were unarmed and were on their regular morning jog when they were fired upon by still unidentified men....

Roxas - Police to get new guns, vehicles in war vs. crime

June 25, 2013

Manila, Philippines -- A policeman should be somebody one can run to for help, not one you will run away from because he is bad.

This, in essence, was how Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas described what he envisions the police to be in light of government efforts to make it more responsive to the needs of the citizenry.

“Unti-unti nating pinatitibay at inaayos...

DILG-PNP to procure 2,500 patrol vehicles worth P2.08 billion

June 20, 2013

Manila, Philippines -- Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas today/June 19 revealed that the DILG and the Philippine National Police would procure some 2,500 units of patrol vehicles worth P2.08 billion to increase police visibility, mobility and crime-fighting ability.

Roxas assured an “open, transparent and fair bidding” process before senior executives of...

Roxas: gas system check at Global City is mandatory

June 19, 2013

Manila, Philippines -- Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, following a meeting with developers and stakeholders, said on Thursday/June 13 the checking of the piped-in gas system in the entire Global City is “mandatory” for 12 residential buildings, 258 establishments and at least 2,600 units using piped-in gas.

Three days after an inter-agency task force determined that a gas leak...

Roxas leads flood drill in Pasay estero, cites people’s safety as overriding concern

June 18, 2013

Manila, Philippines -- The safety of informal settler-families living along dangerous waterways is the government’s overriding concern.

Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas emphasized this on Friday/June 14 as he led government efforts to step up its disaster preparedness program with a flood drill in barangay 201 on the banks of Tripa de Gallina, a narrow waterway in...

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...