Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo M. Año praised the people of Baguio City and the Cordillera for pioneering the agency’s Disiplina Muna public advocacy program that allowed the city and the region to be a safer, healthier and progressive place to live in.
In a virtual message during the regional launching of the Disiplina Muna public advocacy program held at the Baguio Country Club (BCC) Cordillera Convention Hall last Wednesday, July 22, 2020, Secretary Año also commended Mayor Benjamin B. Magalong for being the region’s ambassador in the implementation of the Disiplina Muna advocacy program that is geared towards convincing people to practice discipline in their everyday life for the country to stand out in terms of safety, health and progress as well as uplifting the quality of life of Filipinos.
The DILG chief pointed out that Baguio City and the Cordillera have excelled in the practice of discipline in all aspects of life gaining the respect of people from other parts of the country, especially during the height of the community quarantine where restrictions were imposed on the movement of people, aside from the practice of the prescribed minimum health standards.
He added that the region’s best practices in the implementation of the Disiplina Muna program had been replicated by other local governments that had a snowballing effect in other local governments where people are now slowly embracing the discipline required for them to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and get on with other aspects of their daily life.
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On his part, Mayor Magalong expressed his gratitude to the DILG family for selecting him as the region’s ambassador for the agency’s Disiplina Muna program.
He commended the city’s constituency for being law-abiding because it lessens the burden from local officials and law enforcement agencies in the enforcement of the regulations giving more time to concentrate on other aspects of governance that will advance the growth and development of the country’s Summer Capital.
The city chief executive pointed out that the people of Baguio and the Cordillera are obedient and respectful and it is not difficult for local officials to remind them on their compliance to standing rules and regulations because they are fully aware of their duties and responsibilities.
Last year, the DILG launched the Disiplina Muna public advocacy program that aims to remind people on their compliance to simple rules and regulations to contribute to the realization of peace and order and the improvement of the quality of life in their communities.
The 7 pillars of the Disiplina Muna program are road clearing, disaster preparedness and resiliency, anti-smoking campaign, ease of doing business, implementation of the alcohol ban, environmental protection and cleanup of tourist destinations and campaign against the proliferation of illegal drugs.
Local leaders and representatives from relevant government agencies and the private sector renewed their commitment to advance the implementation of the Disiplina Muna advocacy program that will help in compelling people to embrace discipline as part of their way of life.
By Dexter A. See
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