2019 newly-elected local officials first 100 days news - updates

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Labella's first 100 days: No more business permit 'purgatory' in Cebu City

Oct 17, 2019 - 4:45 PM

Mayor Edgar Labella highlights socialized housing and improved traffic flow among his other top priorities

100 DAYS. Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella gives his speech for the achievements and challenges on his first 100 days in office held at the IC3 Convention in Cebu City on October 16, 2019. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Vico Sotto suspends 2 Pasig officials for ignoring businesses' violations

Oct 16, 2019 - 11:57 AM

'We have discovered a suspicious trend' of establishments breaking environment laws and yet given permits from city hall to keep operating, the Pasig mayor says

HUNT DOWN. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto vowed to identify and punish officials who issued permits to establishments despite environmental violations. File photo of Sotto at Pasig's Rainforest Park on October 8, 2019. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Malay town acting mayor declares Boracay a discipline zone

Oct 15, 2019 - 3:26 PM

Frolibar Bautista list achievements of his first 100 days as acting mayor

FIRST 100. Malay acting town mayor Frolibar Bautista reports about his first 100 days in office and his future projects for mainland Malay and Boracay Island. Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal

97 mayors fail to meet Duterte's road clearing deadline

Oct 11, 2019 - 12:07 PM

(UPDATED) All Metro Manila mayors complied with President Rodrigo Duterte's order, says the Department of the Interior and Local Government

TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT. View from MRT Buendia Station during a transportation strike. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Marikina hires longtime street cleaning volunteers as project-based workers

Oct 11, 2019 - 8:56 AM

The 206 cleaners will now receive salaries instead of just allowances

HEROES. Mayor Marcelino Teodoro calls the cleaning volunteers heroes for helping Marikina become one of the country's cleanest cities. Photo courtesy of Marikina LGU

Cebuano Cinema Development Council finally sworn in after 5 years

Oct 09, 2019 - 7:55 PM

Among Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella's marching orders on his 100th day in office is to prioritize digitizing and restoring film memorabilia and classic Cebuano films

SWEARING IN. Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella swears in Cebuano Cinema Development Council on his 100th day in office. Photo courtesy of Diem Judilla

‘Hahabulin, ipapakulong ko kayo’: Vico Sotto warns corrupt Pasig bureaucrats

Oct 09, 2019 - 7:30 AM

In his State of the City Address, delivered on his 100th day in office, the first-term mayor gives updates on services that have been improved and expanded as reforms are introduced

FIRST 100 DAYS. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto delivers his State of the City Address at Plaza Bonifacio, Pasig City on October 8, 2019. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Negros Occidental town mayor focuses on peace and order, not tourism

Oct 08, 2019 - 5:05 PM

Moises Padilla town Mayor Ella Garcia Yulo wants 'to make sure that peace and order is already felt by the people themselves'

Moises Padilla Mayor Ella Garcia-Yulo (right) meets with some of the residents in an upland barangay in her municipality recently./Marchel Espina Photo

Vico Sotto eases penalties on delayed housing payments

Oct 08, 2019 - 2:55 PM

Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto says the government must help housing beneficiaries and only impose what is stated in contracts, instead of letting them get deep into debt

Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto addresses residents of Pasig city on October 8, 2019. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Vico Sotto shuts down meat processing plant

Oct 08, 2019 - 2:00 PM

'Kahit malaking kompanya pa ang may-ari ng plantang ito, wala kaming pakialam,' says Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto

Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto conducts a surprise inspection in a meat processing plants in Bagong Ilog, Pasig on Ocober 8, 2019, after receiving complaints. Sotto orders its closure for violating the bulding code and ordinances governing sanitations. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Francis Zamora appoints ex-military doctor as San Juan hospital chief

Oct 08, 2019 - 1:52 PM

‘I chose a general to instill order and discipline in San Juan Medical Center,’ the mayor says of Brigadier General Joseph Acosta, former commander of the AFP Medical Center

San Juan Medical Center. Photo from Wikimapia

Marikina passes ordinance granting scholarship to aspiring doctors

Oct 08, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Under the ordinance authored by Vice Mayor Marion Andres, himself a medical doctor, 5 scholars will be chosen every year starting academic year 2020-2021

GIVING BACK. Vice Mayor Marion Andres (2nd from left) and Mayor Marcelino Teodoro (middle) say scholars will be required to serve as city doctors for two years after their getting their license. Photo from Marikina City government

Labella to reopen Cebu City night market

Oct 07, 2019 - 9:38 PM

Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella says this is to allow displaced vendors to sell their products only at particular times

NIGHT MARKET. Mayor Edgardo Labella says he's open to reopening the night market in Cebu City. Photo from Cebu City Public Information Office's Facebook page

‘Taking selfies part of public service’ – Isko Moreno

Oct 07, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno makes a case for stopping for hundreds of people a day who seek to take a selfie with him, even when it means delaying his schedule

SELFIE TIME. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno takes selfies with eager Manileños. Photo from Manila PIO

Malacañang OKs ‘in principle’ Baguio’s tree cutting moratorium

Oct 04, 2019 - 8:09 PM

A moratorium on new commercial buildings is also approved, says Mayor Benjamin Magalong, and only a formal communication is being awaited

BAGUIO. Earlier, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu has said the pine trees in Baguio are dying. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Prayer rally for Magalong's safety to be held after ninja cops exposé

Oct 04, 2019 - 7:37 PM

Baguio City Hall also puts in place stricter security measures

EXECUTIVE SESSION. Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong, former police officer assigned to the CIDG, testifies during the panel before he requested for an executive session with the senators. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Isko Moreno: Debt-ridden Manila open for donations

Oct 03, 2019 - 8:45 AM

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno notes that at least 2 people who are not even from the capital city have donated thousands of pesos to help

OPEN FOR DONATIONS. Rappler Talk with Manila Mayor Isko Moreno on October 2, 2019. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

DILG tells Labella to maintain cleared sidewalks in Cebu City

Oct 02, 2019 - 8:13 PM

Some vendors complain they will earn less at the relocation site due to less foot traffic

CLEARING. Cebu City Mayor speaks with Cebu City sidewalk vendors who were displaced due to clearing operations. Photo from Cebu City Public Information Office's Facebook page

African swine fever detected in third Quezon City barangay

Oct 01, 2019 - 3:58 PM

Those tested positive for ASF in QC are hogs raised in the backyards of barangays Bagong Silangan, Payatas and Tatalon

THIRD STRIKE. Similar to Barangay Payatas, African swine fever in Barangay Tatalon came from backyard hog raisers.. Photo by DARREN LANGIT/Rappler

Manpower agency to take over 3,000 job orders in Cebu province October 1

Sep 30, 2019 - 8:27 PM

Cebu province job orders, including hospital staff, will be staffed by Manila-based manpower agency LBP Services

RIGHTSIZING. Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia will employ the province's job orders through a staffing agency. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

Manila seniors get P800 yearly birthday gift under new ordinance

Sep 30, 2019 - 11:53 AM

When the gift is given in kind, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno says they will hand senior citizens birthday cakes. Sounds familiar? It's because Moreno got the idea from the Binays of Makati.

ANNUAL GIFT. Senior citizens can get their gift either in cash or kind. Shutterstock photo

Pasig enrolls record 13,000 scholars as Vico Sotto renames program

Sep 28, 2019 - 10:57 AM

The Pasig City Scholarship Program was previously named after former mayor Bobby Eusebio, who now faces a graft case at the Office of the Ombudsman

POWER TO THE YOUNG. Pasig City enrolls a record 13,000 scholars and enlists 480 young people to its paid internship program. Photo from Vico Sotto's official Facebook page.

All major roads cleared, QC targets obstructions in smaller streets next

Sep 27, 2019 - 1:54 PM

The city government says it will address complaints from netizens, who send photos of sidewalks, streets, and alleys with obstructions

TO BE CONTINUED. Road clearing operations in Quezon City will now move to smaller streets, alleys, and thoroughfares, after removing illegal obstructions from major public roads. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

WATCH: Belmonte leads demolition of QC police precinct

Sep 24, 2019 - 11:23 PM

Primary roads, secondary roads, and Mabuhay lanes in Quezon City are now 95% cleared

NO EXCEPTIONS. Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte led the demolition of La Loma police community precinct 1 on Tuesday, September 24. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

Free Wi-Fi For All Program rolls out in San Juan City

Sep 23, 2019 - 5:44 PM

The Department of Information and Communication Technology chooses San Juan as its pilot city for the Free Wi-Fi for All Program

FREE INTERNET ACCESS. San Juan City residents can now connect to the internet through various Wi-Fi access points in the city. Photo by Janella Paris/Rappler

Metro Manila mayors use Viber group to coordinate class suspensions

Sep 22, 2019 - 11:44 AM

(UPDATED) Communication helps them collaborate by understanding each other's problems

VIBER GROUP. Aside from coordinating class suspension, Viber also let Metro Manila mayors have 'chismis' amongst themselves. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Belmonte warns: Traffic will get worse before it will get better

Sep 21, 2019 - 8:57 PM

In Quezon City alone, Joy Belmonte says 4 big-ticket infrastucture programs will be constructed simultaneously

BE PREPARED. Quezon City Joy Belmonte tells constituents to adjust their lifestyles in line with upcoming simultaenous constructions that will worsen traffic. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Belmonte, Moreno asked: Does Metro Manila need an elected governor?

Sep 21, 2019 - 6:35 PM

The MMDA chairman is a presidential appointee who coordinates with 17 elected metro mayors

Social Good Summit 2019, Yuchengco Hall, De la Salle University, September 21, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Magalong wants 'aggressive' regreening of Baguio

Sep 21, 2019 - 8:47 AM

The plan includes converting forested land identified as protected zones into eco-parks to provide green areas for residents and at the same time keep land speculators at bay

BAGUIO. Department of Environment and Natural Resources Chief Roy Cimatu says the pine trees in Baguio are dying. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Fearing big loss, Payatas hog raisers refuse to surrender livestock

Sep 20, 2019 - 8:55 PM

The proposed P3,000 rate does not sit well with hog raisers because full-grown pigs can be sold for P8,000 to P9,000

NO SURRENDER. Barangay Payatas, Quezon City is home to many illegal hog raisers, some of whom refuse to surrender their pigs for the financial assistance to be provided pale in comparison to the income from their livestock. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Vico Sotto tells Pasig traffic enforcers not to fear calling cards

Sep 20, 2019 - 8:47 PM

The city government invests in body cameras for its traffic enforcers to make sure they'll do their job, and that motorists will let them

BLUE BOYS & GIRLS. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto has his eye on traffic enforcers, disciplining them while also offering them a shot at permanent jobs. Photo from Vico Sotto's Facebook page.

Baguio to sue real estate firm for ‘killing’ trees

Sep 20, 2019 - 4:19 PM

The trunks of the trees within the property of Northbelle Properties Incorporated are bored with large holes, and chemicals are injected to dehydrate them

'KILLED.' The city government of Baguio finds these among the 9 'murdered' trees in Gibraltar on September 17, 2019. Photo by Cepmo

Cops discover marijuana laboratory in San Juan apartment

Sep 20, 2019 - 2:37 PM

The secret lab, which had potted marijuana plants, is at the 4th floor of a 5-story apartment building in Barangay Batis in San Juan City

SECRET LAB. Police found a secret lab with marijuana plants in an apartment building in San Juan City on September 19, 2019. Photo from Eastern Police District

DA confirms hogs in 2 Quezon City barangays positive for African swine fever

Sep 20, 2019 - 1:03 PM

The QC government orders the immediate culling of all hogs in backyard piggeries in barangays Bagong Silangan and Payatas

ASF. Backyard hog raiser Julian Gregorio feeds his hogs in their backyard in Greenland in Barangay Bagong Silangan, Quezon City. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Magalong prioritizes preservation of Baguio ‘heirlooms’

Sep 20, 2019 - 10:48 AM

Here are the first-term mayor's plans for the Asin mini-hydropower plants, Burnham Park, Baguio City Market

MAYOR IN ACTION. First-term Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong shuts down a bar at Upper Session in his first week week in office in July 2019. Sourced photo

New Quezon City police chief vows punishment for errant cops

Sep 17, 2019 - 6:07 PM

This follows the claim of PDEA chief Aaron Aquino that recycling shabu has become 'rampant' within the police force

CRIME PREVENTION. Colonel Ronnie Montejo speaks before the Quezon City Police District at Camp Karingal. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

On 11th week as mayor, Joy Belmonte visits London for panel on HIV

Sep 16, 2019 - 10:26 PM

Meanwhile, issues regarding the demolition of illegal security structures await Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte back home

LONE ASIAN MAYOR. Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte speaks at the Fast-Track Cities 2019 Conference as the only Asian mayor selected for the high-level panel. Photo from Joy Belmonte's FB

QC culls pigs, adds checkpoints to help contain African swine fever

Sep 16, 2019 - 3:59 PM

Slaughterhouses and major public markets are also being monitored to prevent the entry of both African swine fever-infected meat and double dead meat

CONTAINMENT. Around 50 pigs from illegal backyard raisers in Barangay Bagong Silangan have been culled as of 4:00pm on Sunday, September 15. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Quezon City to build more community playgrounds

Sep 14, 2019 - 2:20 PM

City Resolution 7889-2019 aims to provide more outdoor space for children and to promote traditional Filipino games

Friday the 13th in Vico Sotto’s Pasig

Sep 14, 2019 - 8:43 AM

An earthquake jolts city hall into running a quick check of buildings in Pasig, which lies along the West Valley Fault

LOOK: Ninoy Aquino monument in Quezon City removed

Sep 13, 2019 - 3:44 PM

City officials say the transfer of the Ninoy Aquino monument to a new site – preferably one named after the late senator – would help ease traffic in the area

A NEW HOME? The Ninoy Aquino monument in Quezon City will be relocated either to the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center or to the Manila Seedling Bank. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Makati targets over P1B windfall from delinquent real properties auction

Sep 11, 2019 - 4:11 PM

The city also reaches its 2019 revenue collection goals as early as July 31

WINDFALL. File photo of the Makati City Hall.

Duterte on Isko Moreno: 'Bilib ako sa kanya'

Sep 11, 2019 - 8:33 AM

The admiration is mutual as the Manila mayor responds by thanking the President for being a 'good example' to Filipinos

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno is hailed for a selfie by a private vehicle passing in front of Rizal Park on August 6, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Vico Sotto to focus on Freedom of Information, transparency in gov't projects

Sep 07, 2019 - 12:12 PM

The Pasig City mayor promises transparent public biddings for local government project contracts as he sets up mechanisms for free access to public records

Belmonte backs renaming La Mesa Ecopark after Gina Lopez

Sep 04, 2019 - 8:10 PM

The Quezon City mayor recalls her last team-up with the late environmentalist: the rehabilitation of the Salam Compound in Barangay Culiat into a tourist destination

GINA LOPEZ ECOPARK. Environmentalists called to rename the La Mesa Ecopark after Lopez to honor her legacy. Photo grabbed from Joy Belmonte's FB page

Belmonte to probe QC official's relative nabbed at city hall for alleged extortion

Sep 04, 2019 - 4:36 PM

The relative is allegedly caught receiving Php175,000 from an establishment inside an office at city hall

CITY HALL ENTRAPMENT. Mayor Joy Belmonte says there is no space in QC for corruption and taking advantage of other people. Photo courtesy of Quezon City Public Affairs Department

Vico Sotto: I will not accept kickbacks

Sep 02, 2019 - 9:37 PM

The Pasig City mayor guarantees that government contract prices will decrease by at least 10% during his term

Comelec division junks protest vs Vico Sotto

Sep 02, 2019 - 2:43 PM

(UPDATED) Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez says the 2nd division decided unanimously, citing the 'insufficiency in form and substance' of Eusebio's protest

UNANIMOUS VOTE. Members of the Comelec Second Division unanimously dismiss on August 30, 2019, the electoral protest filed by reelectionist mayor Bobby Eusebio (left) against challenger Vico Sotto in May 2019. Eusebio’s photo from his FB; Sotto’s photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Cebu City top cop's biggest challenge? Demolition, not drugs

Sep 02, 2019 - 1:34 PM

'We aren’t happy when we have to remove our marginalized countrymen from their comfort zones,' Cebu City police director Gemma Cruz Vinluan says

CRIME PREVENTION. Cebu City Police Director Colonel Gemma Cruz-Vinluan speaks to media about her first 55 days in office. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

Quezon City's quick response programs in the spotlight on Joy Belmonte's 9th week

Sep 02, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Preemptive disaster response measures save the city from massive flooding

ONE STEP AHEAD. QC Mayor Joy Belmonte oversaw declogging operations and vendor registration on the week of August 26-30. Photo courtesy of Quezon City Public Affairs Department