Duterte to meet with DILG, LGUs to tackle gov’t efforts vs. nCoV, ASF, other issues

Robie de Guzman

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte will meet on Monday all local chief executives and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to discuss government efforts against the 2019 novel coronavirus acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV-ARD), African Swine fever (ASF), and other issues confronting the country.

In a statement, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said the president will meet with all 1,715 local chief executives and heads of national government agencies, including Agriculture Secretary William Dar, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, Jr., among others.

Año said the chief executive called for a meeting “to call the attention of the local chief executives on various local governance concerns,” as they discuss the current public health and peace order issues in the country.

“The President will give direction on some pressing national issues such as the need for a strong local government response on the coronavirus and the recurring ASF in the country. We will hear all the answers directly from the President and the heads of national government agencies,” Año said.

The DILG chief added that the convention will also serve to synergize all efforts of the government in responding to the “most urgent predicaments on public health and peace and order” to ensure that every local government unit is in the loop with the latest steps undertaken by the national government.

He said a detailed discussion on the guidance on the proper protocol in dealing with the coronavirus as provided in the recently released DILG Memorandum Circulars 2020-018 and 023, as well as the latest update on the coronavirus are integrated into the one-day convention of local leaders.

“This is a good venue for the LCEs to raise their concerns sapagkat ang mga opisyal ng mga kagarawaran ay nandoon together with President Duterte. This is a much needed coming together of all LCEs lalo na ngayon,” he said.

The DILG chief said the meeting will also focus on the implementation of Executive Order 70 on Ending Local Communist Armed Conflicts (ELCAC).

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