PIA News Service - Thursday, April 5, 2012

DILG urges local officials to ensure peaceful observance of Holy Week

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, April 5 (PIA)
-- To ensure peaceful observance of this year’s Holy Week, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Caraga has directed all local officials in the region to monitor various activities during the season and ensure safety of the public.

DILG regional director Lilibeth Famacion issued the directive based on Memorandum Circular No. 2012-59 dated March 28, 2012.

Famacion reiterated that this year’s Holy Week also coincides with the start of the summer vacation of schools all over the country.

“During this period, people also take the opportunity to spend their summer holiday break and travel to the provinces for spiritual recollection and/or leisure activities. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has also raised the possibility of at least one tropical depression/storm entering the Philippine area of responsibility during this season,” said Famacion.

With this, all local chief executives (LCEs) are hereby directed to convene their respective Local Peace and Order Councils (LPOCs), and Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils (LDRRMCs), and formulate the proper courses of action to anticipate the expected heavy movement of people from different places, always making sure that adequate transportation and emergency medical services are available.

LCEs shall also deploy barangay tanods to assist the Philippine National Police in keeping peace and order in their own barangays, and serve as force multipliers; mobilize all necessary resources to ensure that garbage are collected and properly disposed of, and to conduct clean-up operations in all public places within their jurisdiction, especially in churches, recreation facilities, public beaches, transport terminals, markets and other places of public gatherings.

Lastly, local officials shall ensure that traffic is well managed and that the safety and security of the people are always top priority.

Meanwhile, all DILG regional and field offices are also directed to monitor various activities during this observance and submit periodic reports to the secretary of the DILG. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

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Cebuano News: Aquino mipagawas sa EO No. 69 pagpalig-on sa Presidential Commission for Urban Poor

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Abril 5 (PIA)
-- Si Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III mipagawas sa Executive Order No. 69 aron palig-onon pa ang Preseidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP).

Ang PCUP usa ka ahensya sa gobyerno nga gitahasan aron mokoordinar sa paspas nga implementasyon sa mga polisiya sa gobyerno ug mga programa alang sa urban poor.

Sa press briefing didto sa MalacaƱang kagahapon Miyerkules, si Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte miingon ang EO No. 69 nga gipirmahan ni Pangulong Aquino niadtong Marso 29, mopakusog sa mandato sa PCUP “to achieve the strict observance of the law and the Ten-Point Covenant of the President with the urban poor.”

Ubos sa maong EO, ang PCUP, nga kanhi gibutang ubos sa Department of Agrarian Reform, karon mag-operate na ubos sa Office of the President.

Kini gitahasan nga mopahigayon og preparasyon alang sa mga actibidades kalabot na sa reporma sa kabtangan, tawhanong kalamboan, trabaho ug panginabuhian ug uban pang mga programa sa gobyerno alang sa urban poor.

Ang PCUP gimandoan usab nga representahan ang urban poor didto sa Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), Key Shelter Agencies (KSAs) ug sa Local Housing Board meetings.

Gilakip usab niini ang HUDCC, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Justice and Interior and Local Government ug ang National Anti-Poverty Commission sa pagmugna og gikinahanglang mga operational mechanism ug mga sumbanan aron maseguro ang striktong pagsunod sa Urban Development and Housing Act (RA 7279).

Si Valte miingon nga aron mamonitor ang kahimtang sa pagsunod sa mga probisyon sa EO No. 69, ang PCUP gitahasan nga magsumiter og quarterly reports ngadto sa Pangulo. (PCOO/PIA-Surigao del Norte)