DILG eyes penalty for people who disobey evacuation orders

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 02 2019 11:53 AM

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MANILA - The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Tuesday said it is eyeing imposing penalties on residents who refuse to evacuate in the event of a disaster.

DILG Undersecretary Epimaco Densing III said the agency has urged local government units to pass ordinances that would allow forced evacuation in the event of a disaster.

"Wala pa po tayong batas na pwede tayo mag-forced evacuation pero sana po magkaroon na tayo ng local ordinances na magkaroon ng forced evacuation ang LGUs lalo na doon sa danger areas," Densing told radio DZMM.

(We have no law that allows forced evacuation so we hope there could be local ordinances for the implementation of forced evacuation, especially in danger areas.)

"Maaari silang tumanggi pero hinahanapan natin ng paraan 'yung mga ayaw. Kumbaga hindi kung hindi sila mapaalis, ma-penalize. Of course, magkakaroon sila ng damage sa kanilang properties at buhay nila so sana ma-force evacuate sila at mapaintindi na kailangan isalba ang kanilang buhay over their properties."

(Residents can refuse but we are looking for a way to penalize them. Of course, there is a threat to their lives and their properties so we want them to comply with force evacuation and understand the need to save their lives over their properties.)

Sen. Bato dela Rosa, during the midterm polls' campaign, proposed that police should arrest people who refuse to be rescued in times of calamities.

Densing urged the public to stay informed about their local government's announcements and to monitor weather updates.

"Sa ating mga kababayan, ang pinaka-importanteng bagay ay magkaroon ng kaalaman. Kailangan lagi ho tayong alert, lagi tayong makikinig sa pronouncement ng local na gobyerno pag umuulan, kung may pasok, saan ang baha," he said.

(It is important for the public to be informed. We have to stay alert and listen to the local government's pronouncements when it rains, if there is a class suspension, and what areas are flooded.)

Densing said residents in need of assistance may call his office at 925-1135.