Thursday, August 17, 2017
TACURONG CITY - The Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) families of slain journalists in the country that it continues to seek justice and working closely with authorities to solve the murders.
Two media men - Sapol News Bulletin columnist and Radio Mindanao Network volunteer reporter Leodoro Diaz and Rudy Dahunan Alicaway, broadcaster for Radyo ng Bayan dxPB – were murdered recently in southern Philippines.
Diaz was killed in the village of Kalanawi in Sultan Kudarat’s President Quirino town in SOCCSKSARGEN Region (12) which accounts for the most number of media killings in the country. Diaz’s murder was 14th in the region.
Alicaway was also shot and killed in the village of Culo in Molave town in Zamboanga del Sur province. He was also a councilman in the village of Miligan. Diaz’s killing was also the 14th in Zamboanga Peninsula.
Secretary Martin Andanar, of the Presidential Communications Operations Office who is also the PTFoMS Co-Chairman, gave specific order to Undersecretary Joel Egco, PTFoMS Executive Director, to immediately act on the cases.
Egco immediately met with Superintendent Eder Collantes, Police Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM) Task Force Usig, to map out strategies on how to speed up the investigation of the murders. “Upon instruction by Secretary Martin Andanar, we have instructed PNP Task Force Usig to immediately conduct a probe and for local probers to apprehend the culprits and identify the mastermind. We are also sending a separate directive for the National Bureau of Investigation to join the investigation. Sultan Kudarat is in region 12 which accounts for one of the most number of media killings since 1986. There are 13 cases in our inventory. If the killing of Leo Diaz will be established to be work related, his case would be the 14th on our list,” Egco said.
He said the PTFoMS is fully committed to discharge its function in keeping media workers free from any and all forms of threats and violence that may be carried out against them.
Last week, Egco travelled to Sultan Kudarat and held a meeting with Senior Superintendent Raul Supiter, the provincial police chief, to personally look into the slaying of Diaz. He also met with the family and friends of Diaz and other journalists who are members of SOCCSKSARGEN Press Club and Sultan Kudarat Press, and local government officials.
“We will remain focused on the fulfilment of our mission to achieve the ends of justice despite some people's little knowledge and appreciation of what we do. The task at hand is not an easy one, but it is not impossible,” he said.
The PTFoMS has been hard at work since October 2016 responding to complaints from journalists who believed their safety has been threatened as well as mobilizing law enforcement and the National Prosecutorial services to act on issues of media security. (Mindanao Examiner)
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Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
COTABATO CITy - A total of 25 local government units (LGUs) in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) have passed the assessment for the 2017 Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG).
Secretary Noor Hafizullah Abdullah, of the ARMM's Interior and Local Government, said the LGUs are potential passers for the prestigious SGLG award. “The 25 LGUs will still undergo a more strict assessment and national validation before the final list of passers (will be released),” Sec. Abdullah said. “It’s (a confirmation) that the LGUs in ARMM are really providing better services to their constituents.”The SGLG is among the Department of the Interior and Local Government’s flagship programs as it symbolizes integrity and good performance of LGUs through continuing governance reform and sustained local development.
SGLG is guided by the provisions of Republic Act 716 or the Local Government Code of 1991, the General Appropriations Act of 201 and Administrative Order No. 267 of 1992. It is a progressive assessment system adopted by the department to give recognition and distinction to remarkable local government performance across several areas.
For SGLG 2017, a ‘4+1’ assessment criteria were applied. LGUs must pass four core areas namely Financial Administration, Disaster Preparedness, Social Protection, and the new additional area Peace and Order.
They must also pass at least one essential area, either, Business Friendliness and Competitiveness; Tourism, Culture and the Arts; or Environmental Protection.
In 2016, six LGUs in the region were awarded with the Seal of Good Local Governance. ARMM was a zero passer in the previous year. The 2016 awardees were the province of Maguindanao, the city of Lamitan in Basilan, and the towns of North Upi and Parang in Maguindanao, Wao in Lanao del Sur, and Jolo in Sulu.
The national government has cited the ARMM as the most improved region in terms of peace and order as well as financial administration during that year.
ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman said good governance practices should be emulated by all LGUs in the region. All qualified LGUs will be conferred with a 2017 SGLG marker, a national recognition, and a cash incentive through the Performance Challenge Fund to finance their local development projects.
A special distinction will be given to LGUs, which have consistently passed all the assessment areas since 2015. Conferment of the Seal will be held in October. (Bureau of Public Information)