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Roxas assures LGUs of full supportJuly 23, 2013

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Roxas assures LGUs of full supportJuly 23, 2013

photo of Secretary Roxas speaking in a conference Manila, Philippines Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas on Friday/July 19 assured localgovernment 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 Provinces of the Philippines (LPP), the DILG Secretary cited the importance of cooperation between the local and national governments notwithstanding the officials’ political affiliations.

“Kayo ang pinili ng ating mga Boss at mga kababayan kaya bukas ang aming pagtanggap sa inyo. Makakaasa kayo ng full cooperation at partnership with the DILG mara maging matagumpay ang inyong pamumuno,” Roxas told LCP officials at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Ortigas.

He pointed out that the welfare, livelihood, progress and development of Filipinos living in the country’s 132 cities lay in the hands of the LCP executives who will have to coordinate with the national government in the planning and implementation of projects.
“Ang pamahalaang PNoy ay nandito at handing makipagtulungan sa inyo,” he emphasized. Roxas then gave the LCP officials a number with which to call him directly for assistance.
The DILG chief said that aside from the financial management aspect of the Seal of Good Housekeeping, the Seal of Good Governance for disaster preparedness has been added into the program.

“Hindi man pantay-pantay dahil mas high risk and ibang lugar kumpara sa iba, pero dapat may angkop pa ring paghahanda,” he explained.

Roxas noted the importance of other priority areas like the Seal of Good Housekeeping for business friendliness and bottom up budgeting where LGUs can tell the government what they need and choose their own projects to implement.

In his speech before LPP officials at the Heritage Hotel in Pasay City, Roxas bared that he has already signed the almost P2 billion allocation for the local board which has been pro-rated according to the proportion of national road that passes through each province.
He said that aside from accounting, finance, purchasing and procurement, the Seal of Good Housekeeping will also be implemented in the housing and disaster preparedness aspects as well as in extending help to those who are marginalized.

Roxas said the province which can eradicate red tape that hampers local business growth will likewise receive monetary prizes.


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Roxas relieves Calabarzon Police ChiefJuly 23, 2013

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Manila, Philippines Interior and Local government Secretary Mar Roxas on Wednesday/July 17 announced that Region IV-A Police Director Benito Estipona has been relieved as police chief of Calabarzon in a widening investigation which he ordered following the deaths of two recaptured fugitives at the hands of their police escorts.

In a press conference at Camp Crame, Roxas said the shooting of Ricky Cadavero , head of the notorious Ozamis holdup- robbery group, and his henchman Wilfredo Panogalinga Jr. raised serious doubts and said he was elevating the investigation to the directorate level of the Philippine National Police.

Roxas named police director Catalino Cuy, currently PNP director for plans and former police chief of Davao and head of the Special Action Force to head the investigation and fact finding, taking over from the Internal Affairs Service and the Crime Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG).

Roxas named Chief Supt. Jesus Gatchalian as officer-in-charge of Region IV-A while Cuy’s fact finding investigation “tries to extract everything we can about the incident.”

Earlier, 13 members of the RSOG IV-A and the RPSB who served as escorts of Cadavero and Panogalinga as they were taken to Dasmarinas City for inquest, were ordered relieved, including their immediate commander Police Supt. Danilo Mendoza.

The DILG chief said he has coordinated with Dasmarinas City mayor Jenny Barzaga and Congressman Elpidio Barzaga to secure the five other suspects identified with the Cadavero group who are now detained at the provincial city jail. He said he will seek the transfer of the five to Camp Crame considering that the “two recaptured fugitives died in questionable circumstances.”

“Makakaasa ang publiko na mananagot ang dapat managot at wala kaming sasantuhin dito,” Roxas said.

Cadavero and Panogalinga were shot inside the police van after they allegedly grabbed the firearms of their escorts on their trip to Dasmarinas City. The shooting happened at around 6:30 p.m. of Monday allegedly after motorcycle-riding gunmen strafed the police convoy carrying the two fugitives.

“Maraming katanungan na kailangang bigyang linaw ang kaduda-dudang pangyayari sa pagkamatay ng dalawa na nuong Lunes lamang ay andito napag-usapan natin kaharap si Chief PNP at iba pang opisyal dahil nahuli na nga sila at ite-turn over sa Bucor sa Natiional Bilibid Prison,” Roxas said.

He said the initial reports he received from the internal Affairs service raised more questions than answers.

“Imbes na magbigay sila ng linaw sa mga pangyayaring ito ay maraming mga katanungang hindi pa nasasagot,” he said.

Pending the results of the Cuy investigations, Estipona will be recalled to Camp Crame because it was to him that the RSOG directly reported.
“Dapat alam niya jung ano ang nangyayari ditto at bakit naganap ang mga nangyari noong Lunes,” Roxas said.

He said that one of Gatchalian’s tasks as OIC of Region IV A is to secure all documents and information and other pertinent papers surrounding the case.


From the Website DOJ Department of Justice

NBI Completes Rationalization Plan

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), the premiere law enforcement agency of the country, announced today the official approval of its long overdue Rationalization Plan. Designed and conceived way back in 2005 as a government-wide effort to streamline  offices and establish more integrated functions, it was only under the stewardship of Justice Secretary Leila M. De Lima and NBI Director Nonnatus Caesar R. Rojas that serious efforts were made to push for the  plan's completion.
"The DOJ is done with its major rationalization plans. We continue  to fine-tune the implementation and request for new or revised positions to meet the changing demands of justice work," said  Secretary De Lima. "Human resources is the key to any high performance organization," she added.  
The NBI hired a total of almost 70 new agents and investigators since 2011 and is opening a last batch for recruits for 2013. Among the positions that require specialized skills are those in the newly formed Forensic Science Division.
Director Rojas welcomed the development and said that "Overall, we like and support the dynamic and flexible structure that will allow us to respond better to increasing forms of  organized crime." "The exit from the freeze on hiring will motivate us to rethink our policies and assign our best people to the most critical tasks," he said. The NBI expects to submit its request for additional manpower in the coming weeks in tandem with the implementation of the plan.
Among the highlights of the Rationalization Plan is the strengthening of the Investigation Service, the clustered approach to using science and technology in crime fighting, the ramped up ICT division and the deployment of personnel to where the need is greatest.

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