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More than a million candidates run in 2018 barangay, SK elections

Apr 23, 2018 - 11:50 AM

'This really shows the vibrancy of our democracy,' says DILG Assistant Secretary Jonathan Malaya, as more than a million Filipinos file their certificates of candidacy

FILING OF COCS. Barangay and SK candidates crowd the Comelec Manila office as they file their certificates of candidacy on April 14, 2018, the first day of filing. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

P59.8-M SAF allowance mess 'litmus test' for Albayalde – Año

Apr 19, 2018 - 3:53 PM

'This should be his first priority and will serve as litmus test on how he will carry out the internal cleansing program within the police organization,' says DILG OIC Eduardo Año, as the new Philippine National Police chief assumes his post

FORMER AFP CHIEF. DILG OIC Eduardo Año wants incoming PNP chief Oscar Albayalde to solve the SAF allowances issue. Malacañang file photo.

Año to drug-linked barangay bets: 'Don't even consider running'

Apr 13, 2018 - 6:12 PM

DILG Officer-in-Charge Eduardo Año gives the warning on the eve of the filing of certificates of candidacy for the May 14 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections

'NO NARCO-POLITICIANS'. DILG OIC Eduardo  Año speaks at the PNP Academy Alumni Homecoming 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIST: New Boracay rules during 6-month closure

Apr 12, 2018 - 6:47 PM

DILG Assistant Secretary Densing III releases a rough list of rules that the government considers for residents, tourists, foreigners, and journalists

NEW RULES. Boracay is scheduled to be 'shut down' starting April 26. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DILG to Comelec: Require barangay, SK bets to publish resumes

Apr 11, 2018 - 1:55 PM

This will help voters to be discerning in their choice of candidates, says Assistant Secretary Jonathan Malaya, spokesperson of the Department of the Interior and Local Government

RESUMES REQUIRED. DILG Assistant Secretary Jonathan Malaya in a joint press conference with Comelec. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Año: No-tattoo rule protects cops' image as 'role models'

Apr 04, 2018 - 12:37 PM

'We want our police to look dignified, wearing proper uniform, and with no tattoos,' says DILG Officer-in-Charge Eduardo Año

DILG OIC. DILG Officer-in-Charge Eduardo Año, former military chief, joins other security officials in opposing proposals to lift the no-tattoo requirement for aspiring cops.  File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Roque says Duterte needs more time to win fight vs narco-politics

Mar 20, 2018 - 12:41 PM

'[In a] scale of 10, the President is only at 6 in his fight against narco-politics,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

Police heroes remembered at PNPA Alumni Homecoming 2018

Mar 18, 2018 - 1:24 PM

'You are standing on sacred grounds,' says DILG officer in charge Eduardo Año

LAST SALUTE. PNPA chief Joseph Adnol (center) leads the wreath laying ceremony for fallen PNPA alumni. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DILG: Bureau of Fire officials to be charged over Davao mall fire

Mar 14, 2018 - 2:39 PM

'Our lawyers are now readying the complaints to be filed against them,' says Interior Assistant Secretary Jonathan Malaya

MALL FIRE. Firefighters try to contain the fire that hit the NCCC Mall in Davao City on December 23, 2017. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

LIVE: House hearing on the 2018 barangay, SK elections postponement

Mar 12, 2018 - 1:54 PM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler on Monday, March 12

Duterte to declare state of calamity in Boracay, warns courts not to interfere

Mar 06, 2018 - 8:10 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte warns courts not to issue a temporary restraining order against his declaration or else he will 'bullshit' them

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 'merienda' he hosted for the rebel returnees at the Malacañan Palace on February 21, 2018, assures the surrenderees government support for them to be reintegrated back to the society. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

DILG creates team to probe Boracay environmental crisis

Mar 02, 2018 - 8:41 PM

DILG Officer-in-Charge Eduardo Año says the team will particularly look into the issuance of permits in places where structures should not have been built

DILG's Boracay plan: 6-month state of calamity, 2-month business shutdown

Feb 28, 2018 - 7:16 PM

DILG Officer-in-charge Eduardo Año says the declaration will 'hasten' the island's recovery from intense commercialization

IN CALAMITY? Boracay is one of the most popular beach destinations in the Philippines. File photo by Boy Ryan Zabal

DILG preps new memo against barangays refusing to form anti-drug councils

Feb 19, 2018 - 8:51 PM

The new memorandum will serve as the 'last warning' for holdouts to set up their respective Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC)

Lorenzana: Disaster preparedness is a never-ending effort

Feb 16, 2018 - 10:32 AM

Local government officials should be at the forefront of disaster preparedness efforts, says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, chair of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, after the first National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill in Quezon City

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DILG opens federalism campaign office

Feb 15, 2018 - 6:15 PM

The Center for Federalism and Constitutional Reform, headed by Assistant Secretary Jonathan Malaya, hopes to put a system to the government's information campaign at the village level

CAMPAIGN CHIEF. Assistant Secretary Jonathan Malaya speaks to reporters during the barangay elections briefing at the DILG headquarters, Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

NDRRMC: Brace for flooding, landslides brought by Tropical Storm Basyang

Feb 12, 2018 - 7:07 PM

Residents living along the forecasted track of the tropical storm are encouraged to prepare for possible flooding and landslides

PREPARATIONS. Members of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Pre-Disaster Risk Assesment Core Group meet to discuss the preparations for the effects of Tropical Storm Basyang on February 12. Photo by NDRRMC.

Barangays ordered: Do inventory of finances, equipment ahead of polls

Feb 10, 2018 - 6:35 PM

DILG officer-in-charge Eduardo Año issues the order in preparation for the May 14 barangay elections

INVENTORY REQUIRED. The DILG orders barangays to list all its finances and equipment ahead of the delayed elections.

May 14 barangay and SK polls ‘tuloy na tuloy na’

Feb 06, 2018 - 2:09 PM

The DILG and the Comelec emphasize the need to elect barangay and SK leaders who are 'matino, mahusay, at maaasahan'

BARANGAY, SK POLLS. DILG Undersecretary Martin Dino (right) and Comelec Spokeperson James Jimenez (left)  hold a joint press conference launching a campaign for 'Matino, Mahusay at Matapang' Barangay and SK officials to encourage the public to vote for good leaders on May 14, 2018, at the DILG office in Quezon City on Tuesday. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Is your Dengvaxia-vaccinated child feeling ill? Philhealth covers costs

Feb 05, 2018 - 10:11 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque says there is 'definitely' no need to declare a state of national emergency contrary to the request of the VACC

DENGVAXIA. The world's first anti-dengue vaccine is administered to Filipino grade-schoolers under the government's school-based dengue immunization program. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Duterte on corruption, Teachers’ salary hike, Princess Charlotte nursery photos | Evening wRap

Jan 09, 2018 - 7:29 PM

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Cocaine in Sorsogon, Cuy is DDB chief, Seoul-Pyongyang talks | Midday wRap

Jan 05, 2018 - 1:38 PM

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Cuy heads Dangerous Drugs Board, Año is DILG OIC

Jan 05, 2018 - 11:14 AM

(UPDATED) Undersecretary Eduardo Año is appointed officer-in-charge of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, tying in with President Rodrigo Duterte's plan to eventually name him DILG chief

QC police chief defends drop boxes: 'Even private establishments have them'

Jan 04, 2018 - 6:55 AM

Quezon City police chief Chief Superintendent Guillermo Eleazar defends the local government-funded drop boxes

QUEZON CITY CHIEF. Chief Superintendent Guillermo Eleazar supports the drop box reporting scheme. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Quezon City installs crime drop boxes despite DILG scrapping the project

Jan 03, 2018 - 8:27 PM

The DILG dropped the abuse-prone project under the anti-drug 'Masa Masid' program in 2017 after public outrage and upon senators' demand

PROUD. Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista and Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte lifts up a sample drop box to the media. Quezon City photo

Prepare for Agaton, first possible storm of 2018 – NDRRMC

Dec 31, 2017 - 2:32 PM

Here are some critical preparedness actions that local governments should be taking hours before the typhoon hits land

SC petition wants to require gov't to address dengue vaccine risks

Dec 22, 2017 - 10:12 PM

The petitioners – activists, mothers, and children – want the Supreme Court to compel the departments of health, education, and local government to provide information and free medicines, among others

PETITION. Gabriela Women's Party files a petition before the Supreme Court urging it to compel the government to address dangers of Dengvaxia vaccine. Photo from Gabriela

What LGUs should do before Vinta's landfall

Dec 21, 2017 - 9:24 AM

(UPDATED) The DILG raises alert level Charlie over 23 provinces on the path of Tropical Storm Vinta (Tembin). Here's what LGUs should do.

NDRRMC to public: Monitor weather updates this Christmas

Dec 19, 2017 - 10:40 AM

The reminder comes as PAGASA monitors a low pressure area which could enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility this week

Malaya named new federalism campaign chief

Dec 18, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Jonathan Malaya was appointed assistant secretary to the DILG last October

FEDERALISM EXPERT. Malaya headed the PNP-Laban Federalism Institute. Rappler screengrab

NDRRMC: Prepare for heavy floods, landslides due to Tropical Depression Urduja

Dec 13, 2017 - 6:19 PM

Here are minimum critical activities that local government units should undertake in areas that are expected to be affected

New DAR chief Castriciones vows to prioritize farmer beneficiaries

Dec 08, 2017 - 4:11 PM

Agrarian Reform Acting Secretary John Castriciones also wants to fast-track the distribution of certificates of land ownership awards to agrarian reform beneficiaries

NEW CHIEF. Department of Agrarian Reform Acting Secretary John Castriciones assumes office. Photo from DAR website

DILG undersecretary Padilla transferred to DAR

Dec 08, 2017 - 2:51 PM

(UPDATED) Emily Padilla joins her former colleague at the Department of the Interior and Local Government, John Castriciones, at the Department of Agrarian Reform

Duterte appoints John Castriciones acting DAR secretary

Dec 01, 2017 - 9:27 PM

The new acting agrarian reform secretary was the executive vice president of the Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte (MRRD) group during the 2016 presidential campaign

NEW JOB. John Castriciones, a DILG underseretary,  takes over the post of Rafael "Ka Paeng" Mariano who was rejected by the Commission on Appointments in September. Photo from Castriciones' Facebook account

DILG official's rally attendance can be test case vs revolutionary gov't

Dec 01, 2017 - 5:30 PM

The head of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines says anybody can file a complaint of inciting to sedition against DILG Assistant Secretary Epimaco Densing III

‘Notorious’ Abu Sayyaf bomber with P1.3-M bounty nabbed in Basilan

Nov 30, 2017 - 4:39 PM

Rahim Abdul is in the DND/DILG Joint Order of Rewards

Senate approves 'TokHang-free' P3.7-trillion 2018 budget

Nov 29, 2017 - 7:20 PM

(UPDATED) The Senate realigns the P900-million allocation for the PNP's Oplan Double Barrel as well as the P500 million for the DILG's Masa Masid

File photo

Calida: Drug war petitions part of 'destabilization' moves

Nov 28, 2017 - 4:53 PM

(UPDATED) The Solicitor General says the police circular – while it may be abused – should be looked at by the Supreme Court for its purpose and not its effects

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DILG official files libel complaint vs Rappler reporter

Nov 23, 2017 - 2:08 PM

Castriciones was among 3 undersecretaries whom DILG officials and employees anonymously asked to be sacked by President Rodrigo Duterte

COMPLAINANT. John Castriciones was appointed to oversee the DILG's operations. Photo from Castriciones' Facebook account

What do gov't circulars 'operationalizing' Duterte's war on drugs say?

Nov 21, 2017 - 5:37 PM

The Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) files petitions for injunction and prohibition against two circulars relating to the conduct of the anti-illegal drugs campaign in the Philippines

Ombudsman orders dismissal of Batangas town mayor

Nov 18, 2017 - 7:30 AM

Mayor Cristeta Reyes is found guilty of grave misconduct after the local government purchased a land owned by her children

RECONSIDERATION. Malvar, Batangas, Mayor Cristeta Reyes, tells the Ombudsman she did not benefit from the municipal government's purchase her children's property. Photo from Malvar's website

Duterte wants Año to crack down on corrupt local officials

Nov 12, 2017 - 2:46 AM

Mayors and governors will be given 3 days to respond to the findings of the probe of Interior Undersecretary Eduardo Año, says President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte flashes his signature pose with Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Eduardo Año and his family following the oath-taking ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on November 6, 2017.King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

IN PHOTOS: PH sends off 60,000 security personnel for ASEAN Summit

Nov 05, 2017 - 2:05 PM

The Philippine government is 'ready and equipped' for the summit

No sea operations in Manila Bay Nov 5-16 for ASEAN Summit

Nov 03, 2017 - 10:44 AM

A 'No Sail Zone' will be imposed in the vicinity of waters from the H2O Hotel in Manila to Okada Hotel at New Seaside Drive in Parañaque City, says DILG OIC Catalino Cuy

Año is DILG Undersecretary, Abella still Presidential Spox, Thai king | Evening wRap

Oct 27, 2017 - 9:51 PM

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Duterte appoints Año DILG undersecretary

Oct 27, 2017 - 3:59 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte signed the appointment document on Thursday, October 26, the day General Eduardo Año formally turned over command of the Armed Forces to General Rey Guerrero

SENIOR AIDE. AFP chief General Eduardo Año will be a senior aide in charge of the Department of the Interior and Local Government. File photo

DILG Undersecretary Hinlo appointed to Landbank

Oct 24, 2017 - 2:40 PM

From the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Undersecretary Jesus Hinlo Jr moves to the Land Bank of the Philippines' board of directors

Facebook groups open more channels for PH cybersex trade – study

Oct 18, 2017 - 2:40 PM

Easy access to social media also enables teenagers to be 'freelancers' in sex trafficking, according to the study

CYBERSEX. A new study by Plan International finds that 6 out of 10 of their respondents resorted to online means in seeking sex predators to trade children as young as 11 years old.

In Senate debate, DILG vows to 'drop' drop boxes for drug reporting

Oct 11, 2017 - 9:53 PM

Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito is keen on taking the suggestion of Senator Risa Hontiveros to realign the P500-million budget of the Masa Masid program to existing local anti-drug and peace councils

'DRUG BOXES'. Barangay Valencia installed wooden boxes to accept reports against drug suspects. File photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Bautista impeachment, SWS, PDEA | Evening wRap

Oct 11, 2017 - 8:35 PM

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