Mar Roxas: hands on, innovative and productive. Surprised?
I find Secretary Mar Roxas to be a fascinating individual to assess as a presidential candidate. He is liked for his loyalty and dedication to the Philippines, liked for his honesty and earnest work, disliked by association with President Aquino, disliked for being rich, well-educated and gifted with an easy path to success, ridiculed for various photo-ops, and generally ignored by most of the population. His poll evaluations are on the low side and we get the sense he is on the cusp of taking off, or dropping off the face of the election map.
He is penalized because he does not cheat like Binay. Binay uses every available forum to diminish others and promote himself . . . way ahead of the election period. Instead, Roxas just works.
I looked at Secretary Roxas’ character in a prior blog: “The real Mar Roxas: a kind, intelligent, earnest man“. This one will consider his work history with specific attention to his current job as Secretary, Department of the Interior and Local Goverment (DILG). At the end, I’ll draw a conclusion.
Framing for the Arguments
Let me add this section after having read 2BFair’s rebuttal of my blog advising Senator Poe not to run for the presidency.
How might we frame our discussion? There are several ways.
- We can be completely factual with no political overlay. “Mar Roxas has worked here and got these bills passed. He said this, did that, and the results were . . . whatever.” Get out the scorecards, add ’em up, and calculate the best person.
- We can be political advocates and spin doctors. “Mar Roxas is the guy I want to win because one of his staff recruited me to help. Therefore, he did not just assist in bringing Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) to the Philippines. He was the main man. In fact, the Manila skyline, with all its high rises going up, is his doing. Point of fact, Binay thrived on Roxas’ innovative work.”
- We can have an advocacy based on a strategic overlay that is not political, but may seem political. “In the best interest of the Philippines, Mar Roxas should be president.” This considers the context, the players, the risks, the environment. “Who is the BEST CEO for the nation?” is not as relevant as “who is the best CEO for the nation NOW?”
To elaborate on 3, which is basically my methodology, I think Secretary Roxas is going to run, because he has waited six years for the privilege. I further think that if Senator Poe runs, she will split the good-guy votes, handing the presidency to Binay.
I think Roxas is a veteran who has been through the wars. We know his loyalty to the Philippines and dedication to the job. Senator Poe remains a newbie, unchallenged, untested by trial. Where is her loyalty? To the Philippines or to families close to her? Senator Cayetano is smart but he is a loose cannon. Stability is very, very important to the nation right now. Turmoil would be a disaster. No other prospective candidate has the talent, character and intellectual wisdom that is important to the top job. If Manny Villar or others not now on the mentionables list decided to step in, I’d recalculate things.
So I confess that I am subject here to the influence of circumstances. It is true that I have been approached by Roxas supporters who asked if “we could work together”, and I politely declined. So you have to trust me on this. I know it is hard. Haha.
Accountability, credit and blame
A short form of the dialogue between 2BFair and me might go like this:
- JoeAm: “Roxas protected the Pope, and that is what we could expect of his government.”
- 2BFair: “Espina led all the security arrangements for the Pope, not Roxas.”
Well, I would say then that we should release President Aquino from any blame at all for Mamasapano, because that was a Napenas operation. And Roxas is responsible for absolutely nothing at all, because all of DILG’s work is delegated out to others.
Well, of course, I joke. But you can’t cut it both ways, that blame flows to the top but credit stops somewhere along the line. Roxas has to receive credit for the Pope’s protection. To believe that a hands-on guy was just sitting on the sidelines of the most important visit to the Philippines in 20 years is absurd. Airlines cancelled. 15,000 police housed, fed and transported. Cell phone companies blocking signals. Barricades up in advance. Traffic flows designed to fit the Pope’s desired contact with people. The President briefed. Inter-agency meetings held. Get the Pope to Tacloban and back. 44 separate separate security details planned and carried out. To perfection. If you need the evidence, just pull up a few articles on the visit. Roxas was everywhere, and he knew everything. Here’s one: “Pope Francis in Luneta: Things you should know“, Rappler.
Under his watch, security arrangements were superb. Put envy and preconceptions and politics aside. The guy performed. First class. Something you seldom see in the Philippines.
Education and Work History
Let me simply refer you to the Wiki biography, as it is thorough and shows what you might expect: quality education specializing in economics, work as a private investment banker bridging between New York and Manila, and varied government positions: representative, senator, and four cabinet secretary appointments [both Estrada and Arroyo appointed him to head the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)].
Very clearly, the comments I’ve read that say “Roxas accomplished nothing”, or that “he is not responsible for the BPO industry”, are wrong. He has worked diligently and produced meaningful legislation. He WAS the government’s chief advocate to facilitate the growth of the BPO industry. We ought not be political on this, either.
As you look carefully at the work history of Mar Roxas, two facets of that work become evident:
- He develops a strategic framework that drives the tactics, or work. So as Trade Secretary, he embraces the “palengke” concept that guides decisions and programs to build the economy by building robust markets, and as DILG secretary, we see the energizing and recognition of local government units, down to the barangay, as his method to fight crime and prepare for disasters.
- Roxas has an incredible work ethic. He is on the job, on the move, day and night, relentlessly. On location. Hands on. Fully involved, personally, in the project at hand. This is no pampered ivy league prep boy . . . his hands get dirty.
When I put Mar Roxas and Jejomar Binay side by side for comparison, I have to laugh. There is an incredible difference in style and motivation and yet most Filipinos . . . the masa . . . get it EXACTLY backward. The working guy is Roxas, the pampered guy is Binay.
Roxas has the deepest and richest working background of any prospective presidential candidate. He’s spent 22 years in the government labor yards, both Executive and Legislative. He works hard. He’s honest. He is on scene where the action is. He does not glad hand the powerful or flaunt his religion for votes. When he condoles with the grieving, he means it.
On the other hand, Jejomar “he’s one of us” Binay behaves like a pampered rich boy. He cruises as an entitled power broker, lording it over his various estates: Makati, sister cities, swank land holdings, and the Boy Scouts. He condescends to the poor as if they are all needy beggars. He cheats and lies and schmoozes with priests for publicity, but has the moral values of a scoundrel. When he condoles with the grieving, he means to use it.
One works for us, the other for himself.
The people have it completely backward.
The BPO Industry in the Philippines today represents about 1 million direct jobs, generates billions in revenues, and places the Philippines “Number 1” in the world for English speaking outsourced work. It is the fuel behind Manila’s current economic boom and residential tower construction. It is a major contributor to congestion in Manila.
- “See that skyline going up? That’s what I can do for an economy!” (JoeAm as speechwriter for Mar Roxas)
- 2BFair: “The BPO industry was driven by investors, not Roxas.”
- JoeAm: “Roxas, as Trade Secretary, formed the Call Center Association of the Philippines that energized the industry. To deny his role is to be in denial.”
“[Roxas] saw and harnessed the potential of the Philippines as a global e-services hub. He launched ‘Make IT Philippines’ and organized the first IT-enabled services (ITES) to the US which inevitably led to the biggest global industry names to invest in the country . . .” [Inquirer profile of Senator Roxas]
Why would anyone deny someone credit for work well done? I don’t get it.
DILG Main Thrusts
I set out on my own to identify the main thrusts of DILG by examining Roxas’ work activities. I’ll give you the opportunity to do the same thing at the end of this blog. I examined DILG press releases issued during Roxas’ term. Here’s what I came up with as his primary focus:
- Clean up corruption from the PNP and convert the PNP to a more professional, better equipped police force. Reduce crime.
- Incent Local Government Units (LGUs) to good governance and productivity by linking budget grants to good achievements. This extends one of the late DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo’s initiatives called the “Performance Challenge Fund”.
- Promote “grass roots” involvement of local residents in local governance. Use the barangay structure to good advantage.
- Improve the Philippines’ preparation for and response to national disasters. Roxas is vice chairman of the national government’s disaster response council. Resettlement of residents is a part of this work.
- Give special attention and investment to the poor.
- Deal effectively with major incidents, disasters and crimes.
These themes are easy to recognize and consistent in application. Secretary Roxas puts the burden of the nation’s well being on LGU heads, for disaster planning and response, for crime reduction, and for good governance. His unifying theme is “involved democracy”, where local officials and residents are engaged to shape and assist with the national government’s efforts. Secretary Roxas believes in grass roots governance.
Next, I went to the DILG web site to get the official statement of goals and objectives which I suspect were put together by the late Secretary Jesse Robredo:Goals & Objectives
- Peaceful, safe, self-reliant and development-dominated communities;
- Improve performance of local governments in governance, administration, social and economic development and environmental management;
- Sustain peace and order condition and ensure public safety.
- Reduce crime incidents and improve crime solution efficiency
- Improve jail management and penology services
- Improve fire protection services
- Continue professionalization of PNP, BFP and BJMP personnel and services
- Enhance LGU capacities to improve their performance and enable them to effectively and efficiently deliver services to their constituents
- Continue to initiate policy reforms in support of local autonomy
It is interesting that the emphasis on disaster response that is in Roxas’ actual work is not contained in the official set of goals and objectives. It was very likely added due to the brutal hit from Yolanda. Furthermore, there is clearly an emphasis in the actual work on funding projects in poorer provinces. I’d guess that this is a part of the Aquino Administration’s intensifying effort to make sure the economic boom is broadly inclusive.
So there have been two major “add ons” during the course of Roxas’ term as Secretary. He is not just following in Robredo’s footsteps.
Getting a feel for Roxas workIt seems to me we too often operate in an environment of superficial readings. We look at pictures or read a few newspaper articles, listen to people’s complaints, and then make a decision.
It is a rather shallow foundation for decision-making.
So I rolled up my sleeves and, over several days, waded through the DILG’s history of press releases. I wanted to get a sense of the kinds of activities that took up Secretary Roxas’ time at DILG. Yes, press releases are somewhat self promotional, but they also provide the best look we can get at the work being done.
This exercise was an eye-opener for the range of Roxas’ activities and how they focus on making the Philippines a better place:
- Better policing and efforts to reduce or solve crimes
- Better prepared to deal with natural disasters
- More professional, less corrupt, more effective local government units
- More investment and relief to the poorest areas in the Philippines
It is guaranteed to be instructional if you would grant Mr. Roxas the courtesy of going a little deeper than most, and scan through the “short list” of his engagements that I include at the end of the blog. You owe it to yourself to be very clear about his dedication to a better Philippines.
Results and Metrics
It is hard to point to statistics to verify the “results” of Roxas’ work.
- Reduction in crime: We face an anomaly in that reported crime actually went up in 2014 because of efforts to be more comprehensive in crime reporting. The statistical base needs to be stabilized and used to benchmark progress. A lot is being done but it is hard to calculate the results.
- Natural disaster planning: There are no statistics that mean anything. If there is a step-up in preparation, Yolanda delivered the heavy hitting message. Not Roxas. But he has been steady-on in getting local officials focused and ready for each approaching storm.
- Hands on crisis work: Secretary Roxas is perhaps the most “hands on” manager in the Aquino administration. If something is happening, he is there. A sultan’s invasion of Sabah, the Zamboangan siege, Yolanda, Ruby, Cagayan de Oro bombings, a Pope’s visit . . . he is a key adviser to the President, the guy who bridges between the cops, events on the ground, and the President. He stood by the President at Zamboanga when the “no negotiation for hostage” decision was made, and stood in the weather facing Tacloban Mayor Romualdez during the emotional, tragic days after Yolanda and dealt with a guy who was interested in making sure others got the blame for the tragedy.
- Detailed in work, but big picture in vision: We aren’t listening attentively if we don’t hear a presidential voice speaking:
- “The real poll winners are the people.” (After 2013 elections)
- “Focus on the job and help us help the people.” (To Tacloban Mayor Romualdez after Yolanda)
- “Make disaster planning a way of life.” (To mayors after Yolanda)
- “First Responder Units: Secure your families, man command centers.” (Before Ruby)
Evaluation: Engaged competence and dedicated, honest service
Mar Roxas has been in training to become President. He is ready. He knows the government inside out, and has had hands on experience with huge challenges and important projects, a depth of experience that makes Grace Poe look like a . . . well, a lightweight.
Mar Roxas projects an engaged competence and a great caring for the nation and its peoples.
I have total confidence he would pursue the straight path, and I can see already that he is able to deal with the kinds of public criticisms that whack at a president for six years. I would imagine that if he were president, the nation would be run as purposefully and professionally as security was handled for Pope Francis’ visit. His cabinet’s method would reflect his dedication to hard work and earnest deeds.
Which raises the point. People who KNOW Mar Roxas have only good things to say about him. The dirt comes from crooks, political opponents of President Aquino or Mar Roxas (the Binay camp is bitterly critical, having pegged Mr. Roxas as a primary challenger), and the sensationalist media.
But take a spin through some of his activities yourself. Roll up your own sleeves. What do you see? I grabbed perhaps one fourth of DILG’s press releases since Mar Roxas was put in charge. I’ve trimmed them down and include them here for your own reading.
Suggestion. When you are done, go back to the beginning of the blog to the first method of comparing candidates, totally objective. The scorecard method. Run it for the following people and see how it turns out: Roxas, Binay, Poe, Cayetano, Santiago, Duterte, Marcos, Trillanes, De Lima and Escudero.
If you find you are adjusting the criteria and scores to fit your preconceptions . . . ask why.
Highlights of Secretary Roxas’ work engagements:
- August 31 2012: Appointed DILG Secretary.
- November 2012: Files administrative charges against a DILG employee who attacked a policeman.
- November 2012: Orders hunt for money scam ring in Pagadian City. Relieves PNP chiefs in Zamboanga del Sur, Pagadian City.
- November 2012: Issues P2 million reward for top 5 suspects: retired General Jovito Palparan, Palawan, Governor Joel Reyes, his brother Coron Mayor Mario Reyes, Dinagat Island Representative Ruben Ecleo Jr., and Globe Asiatique developer Delfin Lee.
- November 2012: Identifies 15 provinces in the priority watch list of the PNP where there could be violence during the upcoming 2013 midterm elections.
- November 2012: DILG introduces web-site record of local government financial transactions.
- December 2012: PNP arrests suspect in murder of two young Caloocan girls; Roxas attends the girls’ wake.
- December 2012: Orders alerts for approaching Tropical Storm Bopha. Flies to Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley to assess storm damage and order relief.
- December 2012: Appoints Alan Purisima as Chief of Police.
- December 2012: Orders investigation into allegations that Pangasinan Governor Amado Espino Jr. has been operating jueteng. Relieves Pangasinan police director S/Supt Mariano Luis Versoza Jr.
- December 2012: DILG serves a Palace order suspending Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia for six months for abuse of authority.
- December 2012: Orders manhunt for suspect in rape of Roxas City coed.
- January 2013: Orders investigation into the deadly firefight in Atimonan, Quezon Sunday that led to the death of 13 alleged crime syndicate members.
- January 2013: Leads Unity Walk in Quezon City and the signing of peace covenant in Samar Province to formally mark the start of the 120-day election period.
- January 2013: Directs PNP to explore all angles related to killing of Maconacon, Isabela Mayor Erlinda Domingo. Suspect arrested in 5 days.
- February 2013: Leads groundbreaking rites for a housing project that will benefit 120 families currently living in shanties along the Estero de San Miguel in Manila.
- February 2013: Formally turns over 38 new and top-of-the-line fire trucks that will be deployed in pilot cities all over the country.
- March 2013: Reiterates policy that DILG personnel are not allowed to engage directly in any profession without written permission.
- March 2013: Orders mobilization of PNP intelligence units in an intensified campaign against organized crime groups, criminal gangs, illegal gambling, wanted persons, loose firearms and private armed groups.
- March 2013: Opens talks with the brother of Sultan Jamalul Kiram III to try to resolve the Sabah standoff. Goal is disengagement.
- March 2013: Lauds a “new breed” of local politicians who foster innovations in poverty alleviation and public service delivery at the grassroots levels. Gives out awards.
- March 2013: Adopts a policy of near-site or on-site relocation for informal settlers residing along the precarious waterways of Metro Manila.
- April 2013: Visits Dinagat Islands to lead efforts to boost the socio-economic development of the province, one of the country’s poorest.
- April 2013: Gives out awards to the five winners of the “Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities”.
- April 2013: Directs all local chief executives to create transition teams and prepare for an orderly turnover to incoming local officials on June 30.
- May 2013: Calls on former Police Senior Supt. Cezar Mancao to turn himself in.
- May 2013: Urges local government units to help the DSWD speed up the legal process for child adoption.
- May 2013: Turns 15 local jails over to COMELEC during the election period.
- May 2013: Reports “generally safe” elections with crime down significantly from 2013 and 2007 elections. Roxas announces “the real poll winners are the people”.
- May 2013: Condemns an NPA attack in Cagayan province that killed eight policemen on their way to a medical examination.
- June 2013: Confirms no evidence of a bomb in the explosion that hit Serendra Two Condominiums.
- June 2013: DILG conducts survey that shows 96% of residents are satisfied with barangay services.
- June 2013: DILG sponsors flood drills in several high-risk barangays along six major waterways in Metro Manila as a part of the previously announced “zero casualty” drive. Roxas goes on-site during drills.
- June 2013: Roxas announces that the PNP would procure 2,500 patrol vehicles worth P2.08 billion to increase police visibility, mobility and crime-fighting ability.
- July 2013: Announces the government’s acquisition of 74,879 units of Glock 17 Generation 4 9mm pistol worth P1.2 billion under a goal of arming each police officer with a service pistol.
- July 2013: Announces a new recruitment process to address the so-called ‘padrino’ system as part of the wide-ranging reforms in the country’s police force. A “tambiolo” system of selection will give policemen a chance to prove their worth.
- July 2013: Roxas relieves Calabarzon Police Chief in a widening investigation following the deaths of two recaptured fugitives at the hands of their police escorts.
- August 2013: Roxas announces P170 million refurbishment program for 1,700 older police stations.
- August 2013: Administers oath to newly elected congressmen.
- August 2013: Hands out keys to first resettled residents in Bulacan.
- August 2013: President Aquino lauds Roxas’ performance, saying Roxas always finds solutions to problems being brought to his attention.
- August 2013: Roxas rules out bomb in blast in San Juan City.
- August 2013: PNP mobilized to respond to Typhoon Maring.
- September 2013: Zamboanga siege; Roxas says that the primary mission of government forces in Zamboanga City is to secure the safe release of hostages who are being used as “human shield” of armed men believed to be rogue elements of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).
- October 2013: Roxas assures residents of earthquake-ravaged Bohol of enough supply of rice and other basic commodities and called on them to avoid panic-buying and hoarding. Later issues probe of relief goods hoarding.
- November 6, 2013: Roxas directs all governors and mayors in the Bicol Region, Eastern Visayas and MIMAROPA to activate their local disaster risk reduction and management councils and disaster monitoring systems in preparation for a cyclone that may have the makings of a super typhoon.
- November 7: Secs Roxas and Gazmin fly to Tacloban to check local government compliance with disaster planning and evacuations.
- November 8: Typhoon Yolanda strikes.
- November 11: Roxas reports communication lines are still out, instructs unaffected governors and mayors to contact the national disaster council to make available needed assistance to re-open supply lines to stranded communities. Simple things like back hoes and chain saws are needed.
- November 16: Relief goods arrive in 38 of 40 Leyte towns; November 18, conveyor belt relief program is working.
- November 19: Roxas asks Tacloban Mayor Romualdez’s Attorney to stop spreading lies that Roxas asked the Mayor to surrender authority to DILG. “Focus on the job and help us help the people.” December 6, Roxas asks Romualdez to stop re-writing history.
- November 20: Roxas states that ample relief goods are now flowing into damaged communities. Conditions are normalizing. The search for bodies, and identification, continues.
- November 21: Two Samar legislators ask that Sec Roxas stay on in Tacloban to organize relief. He has been in Tacloban since the day prior to Yolanda; legislators say complaints are political jealousy.
- December 2013: Roxas visits Palawan and announces tourism in Palawan and Borocay is “back in business” after Yolanda.
- December 2013: Urges private contractor to speed up work on an oil spill in Estancia, Iloilo. “Three months is too long.”
- December 2013: Roxas orders tighter PNP mall security in the light of a recent jewelry store heist.
- December 2013: Sec. issues a press release regarding NAIA 3 shooting incident.
- January 2014: Zamboanga City officials cite Sec. Roxas for his “altruistic contribution” and concern for Zamboanguenos during the standoff between government forces and MNLF faction.
- January 2014: DILG institutes “Seal of Good Governance” for LGU’s that perform well.
- February 2014: DILG announces P578 million program to improve potable water delivery to poor communities.
- February 2014: Roxas calls on elected officials of Mindanao to extend their all-out support to the Framework Agreement for Bangsamoro.
- March 2014: Roxas calls on the country’s local executives to continue implementing reforms related to good governance in order for them to secure more support from the national government.
- April 2014: Announces P178 million in anti-poverty projects for Romblon Province.
- April 2014: P 1.79 billion made available for reconstruction and rehabilitation of government facilities damaged by Yolanda.
- April 2014: Cordillera region to receive P2 billion for poverty reduction over the next two years.
- April 2114: Announces P258 million anti-poverty projects for Nueva Ecija.
- May 2014: Directs the PNP to extend their all-out support to the e-Subpoena System.
- May 2014: Appeals to local Mindanao executives to support the goal to plant 1.5 billion trees in Mindanao by 2016.
- May 2014: Hands over P38 million to Northern Minda mayors to assist in poverty alleviation.
- May 2014: Announces that DILG has saved the government an estimated P3.1 billion through the barangay justice system as the first line of dispute resolution.
- May 2014: Announces P367 million for anti-poverty projects in Albay and P641 million in CAMSUR.
- June 2014: Issues order for LGU’s to prepare disaster preparation plans for the forthcoming typhoon season.
- June 2014: With Sec. Abad, delivers P2.4 billion in funds to Bohol for earthquake rebuilding projects. Also announces P636 million for anti-poverty projects in Bohol.
- June 2014: Calls on local chief executives especially punong barangays to fully activate their respective Barangay Peacekeeping Action Teams (BPATs) to assist the local police in its anti-criminality efforts.
- June 2014: Issues Memorandum Circular No, 2014-70 enjoining all LGU heads in Central Luzon to prepare for the adverse effects of El Niño phenomenon.
- June 2104: Gives speech highlighting “the power of community” in dealing with natural disasters.
- July 2014: Flies to Davao City to meet with Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and other local officials to discuss security preparations following reports of possible terrorist attacks in the area.
- July 2014: Announces bidding process for PNP purchase of 1,865 new patrol jeeps.
- July 2014: Initites a campaign to put a halt to rice hoarding.
- July 2014: 649 families living along danger zones in Maricaban creek in Pasay City are relocated under the “Oplan Likas” program. 187 families living along the flood-prone Salapan Creek in the City of San Juan are also relocated.
- July 2014: Roxas to mayors: “make disaster planning a way of life.”
- July 2014: Prepare for arrival of Inday.
- July 2014: Flies to Mindanao to receive the release of four police officers held captive by the NPA.
- July 2014: Issues press release regarding the capture of Said Giad alias “MAESTRO”.
- August 2014: Commends the League of Provinces of the Philippines for deploying automated weather stations across the country.
- August 2014: Orders Bureau of Fire Protection to assist with containment of Albay brush fire.
- August 2014: Announces PNP will deploy 900 new police recruits to help deter crime in Metro Manila’s crime-prone areas.
- August 2014: Advocates for a measure to provide higher pension for the uniformed men and women of the PNP and military.
- August 2014: Warns gun traders, importers and dealers engaged in the illegal trading of firearms that they face not only imprisonment but also suspension of their business licenses.
- August 2014: Advises that barangays are not exempted from the provision of the law requiring local governments to post a summary of their incomes and expenditures.
- August 2014: Announces accomplishments of the National Capital Region Police Office regarding their vigorous anti-criminality campaign in the region. Several officials have been relieved of duty.
- August 2014: DILG will assess the performance of LGUs in the delivery of social services that promote the welfare of children.
- August 2014: Announces support for enactment of the Freedom of Information Bill and the proposed Anti-Dynasty Law.
- August 2014: To help local governments comply with the Full Disclosure Policy, the Department’s regional offices have been helping LGUs develop web sites to make information available.
- August 2014: Announces that DILG’s 2015 budget of P104,571 billion is “pork free”.
- August 2014: Encourages PNP officials to work smarter, not just harder.
- September 2014: Malaybalay, Bukidnon – 66 former rebel families receive livelihood assistance worth P65,000 each. Roxas and Governor Jose Maria Zubiri Jr. hand out the grants.
- September 2014: Engages in several forums to promote grass roots governance, including participation by church, barangay officials and local leaders.
- September 2014: Joins with Metro Manila mayors to focus on crime reduction.
- September 2014: Announces his personal willingness to undergo a lifestyle check, consistent with DILG requiring PNP officers to undergo lifestyle checks.
- September 2014: Issues statement on the arrest of gun-for-hire leader Raymond Mangali.
- September 2014: Gives out commendations for heroes of Zamboangan siege.
- September 2014: Roxas expresses appreciation for the Gold Open Government Award for Grassroots Participatory Budgeting (GPB) granted to the Philippines during the Inaugural Open Government Partnership Awards at the United Nations Head Quarters in New York City.
- September 2014: Issues assurances to residents of Albay that the national government is ready to provide assistance should there be an eruption of Mayon Volcano.
- October 2014: Announces he will look into the concern of Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes’ frustration that the Philippine National Police is not enforcing court orders.
- October 2014: Orders the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) to deploy additional police forces to reduce the crime rate in at least eight “problem areas” in Metro Manila.
- October 2014: Lauds the Philippine Nurses Association and all Filipino nurses in and out of the country for their contributions to healthcare services.
- October 2014: Gives assurance that the DILG-PNP are ready to do their share in meeting the dreaded ebola virus disease under President Aquino’s “whole government approach”.
- October 2014: In cooperation with water agencies, DILG launches a national survey that will map out the extent of water service utilities nationwide.
- November 2014: “Let’s make disaster preparedness more understandable,” said Sec. Roxas during the soft launch of CHARLIE a centralized alert system.
- November 2014: Presents nationwide programs of the department to help local government units deliver services better and faster.
- November 2014: Expresses “unwavering commitment” to ensure that the citizens of ARMM remain safe from any acts of terror and criminality by the Abu Sayyaff Group.
- November 2014: Leads the inauguration ceremonies of the Yolanda Memorial Wall in Tanauan, Leyte.
- November 2014: There was ‘No Politics in Distribution of Yolanda Rehab Funds’ say LP, UNA, & Independent Mayors.
- November 2014: Awards the Medalya ng Sugatang Magiting to wounded PO3 Ariel Dobles at the Butuan Doctors Hospital, for bravery and service to the country.
- November 2014: Press release reporting that a total of 30 kidnappers-for-ransom were arrested from January to November this year.
- December 2014: DILG orders all local government units which are expected to be affected by Typhoon Hagupit (super-typhoon Ruby) to brace for its possible entry into the Philippine Area of Responsibility.
- December 2014: Arrives in Eastern Samar to prepare for Ruby. “First Responder Units: Secure your families, man command centers.”
- December 2014: Despite high volumes of road debris, Roxas and the rest of the National Frontline Team vow to exhaust all efforts to communicate with all affected local government units (LGUs) so the national government can help them respond better to their post-disaster needs. [The motorcycle spill photo]
- December 2014: After staying for almost 7 days in Eastern Samar, Roxas reports that the situation in Eastern Samar has stabilized after Typhoon Ruby. National aid is being provided.
- December 2014: Confirms that the PNP now has custody of one of the gunmen who ambushed the convoy of Iligan Rep. Vicente Belmonte Jr.
- December 2014: Gives public assurance they can count on the PNP for the “safest Christmas” thus far, thanks to their intensified anti-crime campaign.
- December 2014: “It’s more than just building houses. We’re building communities.” Roxas describes the One Safe Future Program (1SF) after the DILG grants six city governments in Metro Manila P334.5 million seed fund for socialised housing.
- January 2015: Reports that more than P1.1B worth of pro-poor projects was allocated for the Cordillera Administrative Region under the Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB) program.
- January 2015: Appeals for public understanding of security and safety preparations for the forthcoming visit of Pope Francis.
- January 2015: At the PNP’s 24th Foundation day, hands out awards to selected PNP to represent the work done to provide a successful visit by Pope Francis. Roxas recognizes the sacrifices made by police officers who barely slept and rarely saw their families during Pope Francis’ five-day stay.
- January 2015: Urges high ranking officers of the PNP to have a more updated and centralized system in accounting for crime incidents to increase efficiency and accuracy.
- January 2015: Announces the relief of PNP-SAF PDir. Getulio Napenas pending the investigation to be conducted by the Board of Inquiry (BOI) on the “misencounter” in Maguindanao.
- January 2015: Gives DILG’s sympathy to the families of those killed in Mamasapano and assures that government support will be made available.
- February 2015: Asks public to await the Board of Inquiry findings on Mamasapano, with members: PDDG Leonardo, Espina, PDir. Catalino Rodriguez, Jr., PDir. Benjamin Magalong, PCSupt. Generoso Cerbo, PCSupt. John Sosito.
- February 2015: Meets with families of SAF 44.
- February 2015: To senate hearing, about the SAF44: “They have done their part, we now have to do ours.”
- February 2015: At senate hearing: “I have been and always will tell the truth,” Roxas to Sen. Nancy Binay.
- February 2014: Reminds Filipinos of the fundamental value of ‘unity’ as he urges the nation to always remember the many lessons that the bloodless EDSA People Power revolution taught.
- February 2015: Announces that PNP officers who allowed Senator Revilla to join Senator Enrile’s birthday party are subject to sanctions commensurate to their negligence.
- March 2015: Enjoins all local government units (LGUs) to conduct relevant activities that will highlight the key role of women leaders in nation-building during National Women’s Month.
- March 2015: Submits all his phone text records to Senate committees investigating Mamasapano.
- March 5, 2015: Reports that PNP’s Board of Inquiry report on Mamasapano will be timely and objective.
- March 2015: Announces PNP will procure mobile CCTV units for police patrol units in Manila.
- March 12, 2015: Issues statement about the suspension order of Makati’s Mayor Binay. “Ang batas ay batas, at lahat tayo ay sakop ng batas. . .Ang pinaka importante? sa akin ay ang tuloy tuloy , regular, walang patid? ?na paghatid ng? serbisyo sa mga mamamayan ng Makati , kaya sisiguraduhin ko po ito . . .”
- March 13, 2015: Distributes PNP Board of Inquiry report. Roxas holds Purisima accountable for the SAF deaths.
- March 13, 2015: Calls on the public to remain calm in the face of the “drama” being staged by Makati Mayor Binay and his supporters in Makati City.
Read all press releases here: DILG News Archive