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

May 2, 2013

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

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

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

April 29, 2013

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

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

PHL hosts ASEAN meeting to combat trafficking-in-persons

April 26, 2013

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

The Draft Convention...

DILG orders creation of LGU transition teams

April 25, 2013

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

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

Roxas lauds Presidential Awardees for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities

April 19, 2013

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

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

European group donates P20-M fire-fighting equipment to Fire National Training Institute

April 18, 2013

Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas welcomed the donation from a Netherlands-based organization of P20-million worth of fire-fighting equipment which the Fire National Training Institute (FNTI) of the Department could use for training.

 The donation was made Monday by the Firefighters Without Borders Foundation, a non-profit organization based in The Netherlands and...

Roxas: Dinagat Islands development a “priority”

April 1, 2013

San Jose, Dinagat Islands -- In his first visit to Dinagat Islands as DILG chief, Interior Secretary Mar Roxas has stressed to local officials and residents that the socio-economic development of the province, one of the country’s poorest, remains a priority of the national government.

“Lifting the lives of our poorest people is one of the priority goals of our...

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

March 22, 2013

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

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

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

March 20, 2013

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

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

Innovation and Excellence in Local Governance Awards

March 19, 2013

Roxas: From local pride to world class governments

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

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

Gov’t moves to prevent humanitarian crisis over Sabah conflict

March 14, 2013

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

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

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

March 13, 2013

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

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

Roxas mobilizes PNP intelligence units in anti-crime drive

March 11, 2013

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

Roxas, in his order to...

Roxas reiterates DILG policy on personnel’s practice of profession

March 4, 2013

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

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

World class fire trucks

March 4, 2013

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

Roxas beefs up BFP capability with 38 modern fire trucks

February 27, 2013

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

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

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

February 20, 2013

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

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

Roxas leads groundbreaking for Manila resettlement project

February 15, 2013

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

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

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

February 14, 2013

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

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

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

February 11, 2013

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

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

Roxas welcomes good news on two kidnap cases

February 5, 2013

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

 In a press briefing, Roxas and Chief...

No more presentation of crime suspects, Roxas tells PNP

January 29, 2013

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

Roxas announces arrest of alleged gunman in mayor’s slay

January 29, 2013

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

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

Roxas to PNP: investigate all angles in Isabela mayor murder

January 24, 2013

Manila, Philippines – Interior Secretary Mar Roxas today directed police investigators to explore all angles related to the Tuesday night killing of Maconacon, Isabela Mayor Erlinda Domingo, who was shot dead while she was about to check in at the Park Villa Apartelle in Examiner Street Quezon City.

“Mariin kong ipinapaalala kina (NCRPO Police) Director Leonardo Espina...

Roxas orders relief of more CALABARZON PNP men

January 17, 2013

Manila, Philippines -- Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas today announced the relief of more officials of the Philippine National Police in the Calabarzon region, including its regional director, Chief Supt. James Melad, to give way to an impartial investigation into the series of killings in the region involving policemen.

 

The relief order came after the...

Roxas tells PNP to strictly implement rules on security details

January 16, 2013

Manila, Philippines -- Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas today instructed the Philippine National Police to strictly implement the rules on the provision of security details to candidates as part of the overall efforts to ensure a safe and orderly mid-term elections in May.

 

He also called on the citizenry to report any incident of policemen providing...

Roxas ushers 2013 election period with unity walk, peace covenant

January 15, 2013

Manila, Philippines -- Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas has spearheaded a Unity Walk in Quezon City and the signing of peace covenant in Samar Province to formally mark the start of the 120-day election period.

 

Roxas led the Unity Walk and Inter-Faith Prayer Rally for Secure and Fair Elections in 2013 (SAFE 2013), which started in different parts of...

Roxas announces relief of PNP men in Atimonan shooting

January 10, 2013

Manila, Philippines -- Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas today announced the relief of all members of the Philippine National Police who were involved in the deadly shooting incident in Atimonan, Quezon last Sunday that led to the death of 13 men, including three PNP men and two Air Force soldiers.

The relief order came after the initial results of a PNP fact-finding...

Roxas orders deeper probe of Atimonan firefight that killed 3 cops

January 8, 2013

Manila, Philippines -- Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas today met with PNP Chief Alan Purisima  to receive  a briefing and thereafter ordered the PNP to look deeper into the deadly firefight in Atimonan, Quezon Sunday that led to the death of 13 alleged crime syndicate members, including a ranking police official, two other PNP personnel and an Air Force...

Roxas to PNP, find gunmen behind fatal New Year’s Eve stray bullets

January 3, 2013

Manila, Philippines -- Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas today ordered the Philippine National Police to immediately find and charge those who fired the fatal stray bullets that claimed the lives of at least two persons, including a 7-year-old girl, during the last New Year’s Eve revelries.

Roxas said he personally relayed his order to PNP Director General Alan...