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Roxas, Lopez pleased with progress in estero rehabilitation project

May 23, 2013

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

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

BJMP jails join Brigada Eskwela

May 22, 2013

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

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

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

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

May 20, 2013

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

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

The real poll winners are the people - Roxas

May 15, 2013

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

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

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

May 14, 2013

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

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

Task Force SAFE reports Poll Generally Peaceful

May 14, 2013

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

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

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

May 14, 2013

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

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

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

May 10, 2013

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

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

Roxas to LGUs, help speed up requirements for child adoption

May 9, 2013

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

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

Roxas tells Mancao to return to fold of law

May 3, 2013

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

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

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

May 3, 2013

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

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

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

May 2, 2013

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

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

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

April 29, 2013

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

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

PHL hosts ASEAN meeting to combat trafficking-in-persons

April 26, 2013

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

The Draft Convention...

DILG orders creation of LGU transition teams

April 25, 2013

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

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

Roxas lauds Presidential Awardees for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities

April 19, 2013

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

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

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...