Secretary, DILG
E-mail: emanodilg@dilg.gov.ph
Undersecretary for Local Government
E-mail: mcsacendoncillo@dilg.gov.ph
Regional Director
E-mail: mliringan@dilg.gov.ph
Assistant Regional Director
E-mail: aasanjose@dilg.gov.ph
CONTACT NO#: (074) 422-6339


BAGUIO CITY— Relentless contact tracing is vital to the government’s campaign against the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), an official said on Thursday.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government Regional Director, Marlo Iringan said that the government aims to quickly and effectively identify potential carriers of the disease to isolate them from crowded communities and halt the rise in the number of new infections, hence the conduct of Contact Tracing Teams (CTTs) training is a must.

This is the primary reason why the Department, in partnership with the DOH, PNP, and the City of Baguio, endeavor to train all the members of the CTTs in the region.

“Rest assured that continuous capability building/orientations, not only on contract tracing but also on other policies, shall be conducted to boost the government’s campaign against covid-19 pandemic in the region,” he said.  

He also said that all LGUs are advised to increase the number of CTTs to do contact tracing for all persons with known exposure to Covid-19 patients. These teams will also monitor and report daily the status of suspect and probable Covid-19 cases of family members with known contact to a confirmed case to mitigate possibility of contagion.

RD Iringan also underscored that the main focus for LGUs should be the PDITRM steps: to Prevent, Detect, Isolate, Treat, Reintegrate and Mainstream in accordance with the National Strategy to Defeat Covid-19..

The DILG is the lead agency in contact tracing pursuant to IATF Resolution No. 25. On April 24, 2020, the DILG issued memorandum circular 2020-077 directing LGUs to establish LGU Task Force against COVID-19, including the Contact Tracing Team. (PMTG/DILG-CAR)

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BAGUIO CITY— Some 63 former rebels (FRs), and 124 mass supporters to the “revolutionary movement” of the CPP/NPA/NDF in the region have received financial assistance amounting to PHP15 million as a benefit under the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).

“As of today, a total of 63 FRs and 124 ‘Militia ng Bayan” were given financial assistance under the  E-CLIP program which is in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s advocacy in reintegrating former rebels (FR’s) back to society, and help improve their living conditions,” said Local Government Operations Officer (LGOO) IV Trisha Marie A. Dogup, ECLIP Focal Person of Department of the Local and Interior Government-CAR in a teleconference today.

With the PHP15 million financial assistance given, PHP2.7 million were immediate assistance; PHP2.7 million were livelihood assistance, PHP6.4 million were firearms remuneration and PHP3.2 million for reintegration assistance.

She said that the government’s commitment to deliver E-CLIP benefits will never falter, even in the advent of health crisis.
Dogup added that the reintegration of the FRs in mainstream society will be monitored by the government, particularly their safety as well as those of their families.

She also extended the invitation for other rebels still in the mountains to come down and avail of the re-integration program of government.

The DILG  as implementing agency of E-CLIP, entitles a former rebel to receive immediate assistance of PHP15,000; livelihood assistance, PHP50,000; and firearms remuneration, that is double the cost valuation of turned-in firearms.

Other assistance such as PhilHealth enrollment; registration to government entities; healing and reconciliation initiatives, shelter, legal, medical and employment assistance may be provided by partner agencies.  

A reintegration assistance of PHP21,000 is also provided to the processing/receiving unit/s for the subsistence or meal cost of FRs who have been placed under the protection of government troops while processing their other benefits under the E-CLIP.

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55 Locally Stranded Individuals (LSIs) from Apayao, Baguio City, Ifugao, Kalinga and Mt. Province have arrived safely in their respective provinces through the Hatid Tulong Initiative (HTI) Batch 2 program of the government last July 26-28, 2020.

The HTI is a government-wide effort program led by the Presidential Management Staff (PMS) to provide transportation assistance to LSIs stranded in the National Capital Region (NCR) and nearby areas during the implementation of Enhanced Community Quarantine in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on March 15, 2020.

“These are trying times for everyone and we are happy that our LSIs are able to arrive home safely. We would like to ensure the public that there shall be proper coordination between the local government units (LGUs) and the individuals throughout the process. We also remind our returning individuals as well as the general public to be compliant with the health protocols and guidelines to minimize the spread of the virus and to ensure the safety of the provinces,” says DILG Cordillera Regional Director Marlo Iringan.

The 55 LSIs from the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) have undergone rapid tests as a requirement during the Grand Send Off at the Rizal Memorial Stadium, Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Ground, Malate, Manila last July 26, 2020.

HTI had set up a One Stop Shop at the PSC ground premises to facilitate the rapid test and processing of travel authority. LSIs who tested positive in the rapid tests were immediately isolated and will undergo swab testing for revalidation. Fortunately, all LSIs bound for CAR tested negative in the rapid test.

Although cleared to travel at the Grand Send Off in Manila, LSIs were strictly subjected to health quarantine protocols in their receiving local governments. They are now undergoing the 14-day quarantine in the quarantine facilities. The first batch with 47 LSIs availed the program last July 6, 2020.

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To promote participatory governance and to foster the culture of discipline among the Filipino people especially during the fight against COVID-19, the “Disiplina Muna” advocacy campaign in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) was officially launched on Wednesday, 22 July 2020, at the Baguio Country Club. The activity was led by the Department of the Interior and Local Government – CAR.

“During this time of pandemic, discipline is our best defense against COVID-19 by simply complying with the minimum health protocols” DILG Cordillera Regional Director Marlo Iringan reiterates as he cites examples such as the wearing of face masks, social distancing, and proper hand washing.

The campaign is anchored on the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022 which aims to lay the foundation for inclusive growth and a high-trust society by ensuring people-centered governance towards Ambisyon Natin 2040 that envisions a matatag, maginhawa at panatag na buhay para sa lahat.

Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong, Baguio City SK Federation President Councilor Levy Lloyd Orcales, Philippine Army Brig. Gen. Henry Doyaoen, and Council for the Restoration of Filipino Values (CRFV) Program Supervisor Jesus Sison were the guests of honor during the launching program.

According to Sison, “we are looking forward to this new normal and era in our nation where discipline, excellence, responsibility, truthfulness, and righteousness among the citizenry are the prevailing culture and norms”.

Representing the youth sector in Baguio City, Orcales highlights how the youth believes in the importance of instilling discipline to oneself and to the community in order to attain genuine peace, prosperity, and unity for the present and future generations to come.

Brig. Gen. Doyaoen, on the other hand, expresses the support of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in the campaign. He also encouraged the youth to stay vigilant in an era of fake news so as not to be swayed into rebelling against the government.

The activity also included a keynote message from DILG Secretary Eduardo Año as well as video messages from DILG Spokesperson Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya and Provincial Governors of CAR expressing their support.

“In the past months of battling COVID-19, Baguio City residents’ discipline and respect for laws and regulations have come along well and have served as an example for the rest of the country,” Año said.

Local chief executives are especially reminded to lead the campaign in their respective LGUs by undertaking relevant activities that promote a culture of discipline among their constituents.

Mayor Magalong, Disiplina Muna Ambassador of the Cordillera, praised the discipline of the Cordillerans for making Baguio City and the whole region a model area during the pandemic.  

“Discipline is what we carry with us until the very end as we remain steadfast to the priceless values which measure us from what others are. Kaya naman ang panawagan sa panahon tulad ngayon, sa hirap at ginhawa, disiplina muna. Nandiyan ang ating pag-asa”

The campaign featured the unveiling of the caricature of the Disiplina Muna Ambassador and the 7 pillars of the Disiplina Muna which includes Road Clearing, Disaster Preparedness and Resilience, Anti-Smoking, Ease of Doing Business, Liquor Ban, Tourist Spots Cleanup, and the Functionality of the Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC).

Stakeholders from the AFP, National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM), Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), youth representatives, and various regional line agencies attended the activity and signed the pledge of commitment where they expressed their commitment towards the realization and success of the advocacy. ###

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