Interior Secretary Eduardo M. Año attributed his high approval rating to the hard work and numerous accomplishments it “was able to accomplish during his leadership as the head of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
Año was named the second-best performing cabinet member with an approval score of 68 percent based on a survey conducted in the National Capital Region (NCR) which was released this month. He was second to Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Benjamin Abalos, Jr. who received a 70 percent approval rating among all cabinet members.
The survey was conducted from July 3 to 10, 2021 with 3,500 respondents from the NCR who were asked to rate the job performance of cabinet officials.
“This is really because of team DILG. I must commend all the members of the DILG family for their efforts in always delivering nothing short but excellent service to our people. This seal of approval from our constituents is as much your award as it is mine,” Año said.
Conducted by the RP-Mission and Development Foundation, the survey found that only 21 percent of the respondents showed disapproval towards Año, while 11 percent were undecided.
During the pre-State of the Nation Address (SONA) virtual press conference with the Security, Justice and Peace Cluster held on July 21, Año revealed some of the major accomplishments the DILG had attained during the Duterte administration.
With regards to the government’s coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) response, Año noted that the DILG has consistently guided the local government units (LGUs) in ensuring that the policies and directives of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) “are being complied with amid the pandemic.’’
He revealed that over 50,880 contact tracers were hired by the DILG last year, leading to 1,996,335 close contacts successfully traced and assessed.
Pertaining to security, Año shared that as per the Gallup 2020 Global Law and Order Report, eight out of 10 Filipinos believe that they are safe and secure in the country highlighting the consistent downtrend in the number of index crimes committed in the country like murder, rape, and homicide.
In terms of the government’s anti-illegal drugs campaign, P59.14-billion worth of illegal drugs have been confiscated from drug syndicates as of May 2021.
As of April 2021, Año reported that 289,622 drug peddlers and syndicates were arrested due to the aggressive operations conducted by various law enforcement groups, including 12,069 who were considered high-value targets.
2021 second semester priorities
For the remaining months of 2021, DILG Undersecretary and spokesperson Jonathan E. Malaya said that the government’s COVID-19 response remains the department’s top priority.
He disclosed that the DILG would continue assisting and facilitating the fast-tracking of the vaccination roll-out in LGUs, as well as monitor their performance in containing the spread of the COVID-19 virus in communities.
Malaya added that the second half of the year would also see the roll-out of policy on LGUs’ Devolution Transition Plans (DTPs) for the implementation of the ruling of the Supreme Court (SC) on Mandanas-Garcia petitions, which would help LGUs in their transition as they take on devolved functions from national government agencies (NGAs) in 2022.
The DILG spokesperson said that an extensive communication and advocacy campaign on the Mandanas SC ruling would also be carried out in the second semester of 2021.