Issue 8  |  August 26, 2016

“We are constantly streamlining the processes of BPLS, to ensure that the documents are always handled in a timely manner, that authorities will always be available to aid in each step of the way, and that there is less changing-of-hands with papers when it is not necessary-minimizing as well any anomalous behavior.”

                                                  - Secretary Sueno on ease in doing business
in the localities

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Doing business will be fast, efficient,
corruption-free in LGUs

Heeding the call of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in his first State of the Nation Address, Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Ismael “Mike” D. Sueno has vowed to ensure ease in doing business in the localities.

The Department is working with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the newly formed Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to find ways on how to fine-tune the existing business permits and licensing system in local government units based on the President's directive.
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Economic resilience, sustainability
in LGUs urged

The DILG has highlighted the need for local government units (LGUs) to come up with more resilient strategies not only on disaster preparedness, but also in local economic development.

“We need to be compelled to consider resilience and sustainability in the vision of local economic development as much as we have to be fair to the future generation in our economic decisions and productive choices,” Undersecretary Austere A. Panadero said in his speech during the Japan-Philippines Knowledge Exchange Forum at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria recently.

According to Panadero, there is a need to pursue the strengthening of local autonomy of LGUs through knowledge exchanges on local administration.
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LGUs urged to include disaster management, sectoral concerns in local plans

DILG Secretary Ismael “Mike” D. Sueno is enjoining local government units (LGUs) to integrate disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) and other sectoral concerns in their respective local plans.

In a directive, Sueno said LGUs should take into account DRRM and climate change adaptation, conflict sensitivity and the concerns of marginalized sectors such as women, persons with special needs, indigenous peoples and senior citizens in the preparation and updating of their land use and development plans.
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More than 4,000 residents benefit
from DILG water projects in Apayao town

PUDTOL, APAYAO – At least 4,350 residents of five barangays here are now enjoying the benefits of clean and safe water with the completion of two potable water system projects funded under the Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB) of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Regional Director Marlo L. Iringan of DILG-Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) said the P4.475-million Expansion of Existing Level II Water System and another P4.475-million Conversion of Level II to Level III Water System are now fully operational and are benefitting residents of Poblacion, Emilia, San Luis, Amado and Cabatacan.
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DILG - RO 1 will hold basic orientation for LCEs

SAN FERNANDO, LA UNION – The Basic Orientation is Part I of the second component of the Newly-Elected Officials (NEO) Program of the Department which will introduce the NEOs to the organizational, political, and constitutional environment of public service at the local government level.

DILG Region 1 Director Julie J. Daquioag said the orientation was originally intended for re-elected LCEs, but was also opened to newly- elected LCEs who were unable to attend the training conducted by the Local Government Academy (LGA) to ensure that all LCEs of the region will be better guided on their first crucial days in office.
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ARMM readies for Barangay and SK elections

COTABATO CITY – The DILG ARMM field office recently led the conduct of an inter-agency meeting among the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Philippine National Police Regional Office (PNP PRO-ARMM), and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

According to DILG-ARMM Regional Secretary Atty. Noor Hafizullah “Kirby” M. Abdullah, there is a need to work with the concerned agencies to plan the security measures for the barangay and SK elections.
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PNP to do quick probe
on vigilante-style drug killings

CAMP CRAME – Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael “Mike” Sueno has strictly ordered Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa to conduct immediate investigation on the killings of drug suspects in police operations and alleged vigilante-style killings of drug personalities.

Sueno said that while President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration has vowed to crush illegal drugs, he has denounced extrajudicial killing as a means to attain his goal.

“Hindi palalampasin ng administrasyon na ito ang mga vigilante na pamamaraan sa pagpatay ng mga taong suspek sa droga o ng mga kriminal at ang hindi makatarungang pagkamatay nila sa mga operasyon ng mga kapulisan,” Sec. Sueno said.
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NAPOLCOM requests presidential clearance
for admin case vs. two PNP generals

NAPOLCOM CENTER – The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) requested a presidential clearance to conduct formal hearing against two Police Generals Joel Duldulao Pagdilao and Edgardo Gonzales Tinio who are among the five generals named by President Rodrigo Duterte to have an alleged link to illegal drug trade.

In a letter submitted to the Office of the President (OP) through Executive Secretary Atty. Salvador C. Medialdea, Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer, Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao stated that the Commission, after conducting pre-charge investigation, found probable cause to warrant the filing of a formal charge against the respondents.
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BJMP to do impartial probe
on Parañaque City jail blast

PARAÑAQUE CITY – The DILG directed the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) to conduct a fair and honest investigation on the recent gunfire incidents and grenade explosion inside the Paranaque City Jail which killed ten (10) inmates.

DILG Secretary Ismael "Mike" Sueno gave specific instructions to BJMP Officer-in-Charge J/CSupt Serafin Petronio Barretto Jr. to ensure that there will be no whitewash in the investigation and to file appropriate charges against erring jail personnel. It is evident that the Paranaque jail guards had been somehow lax in imposing prison rules and regulations because otherwise, there would be no contraband items in the jail,” he said.
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Outstanding firemen, fire stations feted

QUEZON CITY – Eleven (11) fire officers of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) were recognized by Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael "Mike" Sueno for their “commendable deeds in the performance of their duty” during the 25th anniversary of the BFP.

Leading the awardees are BFP Region 4A Director Sr. Supt. Sergio M. Soriano who received the Medalya ng Kagalingan for shepherding his team in suppressing the fire at a liquefied petroleum gas storage facility in the coastal town of Calaca in Batangas.
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