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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

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

Drilon wants P1.4-B anti-drug budget realigned to house policemen

Nov 16, 2017 - 5:36 PM

Under the proposed 2018 budget, the PNP's Oplan Double Barrel and the DILG's Masa Masid program have allocations of P900 million and P500 million, respectively

PNP HOUSING. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon proposes an additional P1.4-billion allocation for the housing needs of PNP personnel. File photo

Sotto: Nueva Ecija facility can be used as mega drug enforcement academy

Nov 08, 2017 - 3:59 PM

Senator Vicente Sotto III says the 10,000-bed mega treatment and rehabilitation center can be made as an extension of the present PDEA academy

FIRST. The mega treatment and rehabilitation center in Nueva Ecija is the first of its kind in the country. File photo by Ace R Morandante/PPD

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

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.

Duterte appoints party's federalism research chief to DILG

Oct 10, 2017 - 6:02 PM

Jonathan Malaya, executive director of the PDP-Laban Federalism Institute, is named assistant secretary of the DILG

FEDERALISM CHIEF. Malaya currently heads the PNP-Laban Federalism institute. Rappler screengrab

Hontiveros threatens to dissolve DILG's Masa Masid budget over drug drop boxes

Oct 03, 2017 - 10:14 PM

The opposition senator, a member of the Senate finance committee, calls the drop boxes a 'foolish and dangerous' reporting system that will make people vulnerable to threats

REJECTED. Senator Hontiveros threatens to dissolve the budget alloted for DILG's community-based thrust against crime and drugs: Masa Masid. Photo from Hontiveros' Facebook page

Dela Rosa welcomes anti-crime drop boxes

Oct 03, 2017 - 2:00 PM

PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa says the anonymous tips collected in the drop boxes would be properly validated

WELCOME DEVELOPMENT. PNP chief ROnald dela Rosa says drop boxes will help them in gathering intelligence. Photo by Joel Liporada

DILG orders all LGUs to set up drop boxes for drug, crime reporting

Oct 02, 2017 - 2:18 PM

A Department of the Interior and Local Government memorandum calls on barangays, municipalities, and cities to set up drop boxes to receive information on drug and crime suspects

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

Malacañang denies Duterte named Martin Diño to DILG

Sep 27, 2017 - 6:14 PM

This comes after sacked SBMA chair Martin Diño earlier said he has accepted Malacañang's offer to serve as DILG undersecretary for barangay affairs

DUTERTE 'PLACEHOLDER.' Duterte ally Martin Diño is widely seen as then-Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte's 'placeholder' in the 2016 presidential elections.  Screen grab from Rappler file video

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Sep 27, 2017 - 12:30 PM

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte speaks with Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on the sidelines of the 120th founding anniversary of the Department of Justice (DOJ) at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City on September 26, 2017. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Ex-SBMA chair Diño says he's now DILG usec for barangay affairs

Sep 27, 2017 - 11:50 AM

Martin Diño is disappointed, however, because he says he was not properly notified of his removal from the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority

LP links? Former SBMA chairman Martin Diño links his removal from SBMA to the Liberal Party. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Duterte ordered police not to share files with CHR – DILG

Sep 08, 2017 - 2:39 PM

We ll find other ways to help the CHR in their effort says DILG officer in charge Catalino Cuy

NO SHARING. DILG OIC Catalino Cuy faces reporters after the 51st Napolcom Anniversary. Sourced photo

PNP asks P900M budget for drug war ops for 2018

Sep 07, 2017 - 5:19 PM

Gabriela Representative Arlene Brosas refuses to fund what she calls the Philippine National Police s killing spree

UNJUSTIFIED BUDGET? Gabriela's Arlene Brosas (left) questions the PNP's Double Barrel budget. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

House opposition seeks EJK probe, PNP budget review

Aug 23, 2017 - 9:30 AM

Will the House leadership act on this one?

OPPOSITION. Members of the House opposition bloc try again to probe the rise in killings attributed to the war on drugs. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

DA lifts ban on poultry shipments from Luzon

Aug 22, 2017 - 2:37 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says they are lifting the ban upon the recommendation of biosecurity experts

BAN LIFTED. Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol gives updates during a press conference on the avian influenza. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

AFP chief Año to be senior aide in charge of DILG

Aug 21, 2017 - 11:14 PM

The AFP chief cannot yet take charge as DILG secretary because the law prohibits a retired military or police official from taking on the post at least a year after leaving his commissioned post

SENIOR AIDE. AFP chief General Eduardo Ano will be a senior aide in charge of the DILG. File photo

Lawmaker slams police for lenience in 'big fish cases'

Aug 17, 2017 - 6:55 PM

Catanduanes Representative Cesar Sarmiento cites the P6 4 billion worth drugs smuggled from China and a drug lab in his home province

SMALL-TIME. Some 3 suspected drugs personalities were apprenhended by cops while 3 others died after a shootout in Maypajo, Caloocan City on September 30, 2016.Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Lawmakers question absence of Cuy, Dela Rosa from DILG budget hearing

Aug 17, 2017 - 4:45 PM

DILG Officer in Charge Catalino Cuy and PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa miss the hearing at the House as they accompany President Rodrigo Duterte to Ozamiz City

ABSENT. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa a no-show at the DILG hearing as he joined the President in Ozamiz City. Rappler file photo

Why Duterte can't appoint AFP chief Año as next DILG chief

Aug 15, 2017 - 10:41 AM

The law explicitly prohibits a retired or resigned military or police official from being DILG secretary at least a year after leaving his commissioned post

AFP CHIEF. General Eduardo Año (right) can't be DILG as President Rodrigo Duterte (left) intended. File photo

DILG asks Malacañang to decide fate of 3 'floating' execs soon

Aug 14, 2017 - 4:15 PM

(UPDATED) Are the embattled undersecretaries staying or going? DILG Officer-in-Charge Catalino Cuy says their tasks are delegated to other officials in the meantime

No employee displacement with Negros Region abolition – DILG

Aug 14, 2017 - 1:57 PM

The DILG finds a way to keep Negrosanons inside the now divided island

DIVIDED. DILG OIC Catalino Cuy says there are only a few who will be displaced by the divide of the Negros Island Region. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Contractuals will be worst hit by dissolution of Negros Island Region

Aug 10, 2017 - 8:53 PM

While non permanent hires worry regulars may need to relocate to Dumaguete – at least 200 kilometers away from their present office in Bacolod City

DIVIDE. The dissolution of the region may lead to loss of jobs and uprooting for its employees.

DILG exec urges fellow Negrosanons to respect end of NIR

Aug 10, 2017 - 11:48 AM

DILG undersecretary Jesus Hinlo says he respects the administration s priorities even if it excludes the long time dream of his people

WATCH: 700,000 school girls to get free anti-cervical cancer vaccine

Aug 07, 2017 - 8:27 PM

The Department of Health widens the coverage of its school based HPV immunization program to female public school students aged 9 to 12 years old in 47 provinces

700,000 girls to get cervical cancer protection in schools

Aug 07, 2017 - 3:30 PM

UPDATED Female students aged 9 to 12 enrolled in public schools can get the HPV vaccine for free

PREVENTING CERVICAL CANCER. Grade 4 students at the Addition Hills Integrated School get free HPV vaccination from the DOH. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Fire incidents down by half in Duterte's first year – BFP

Aug 05, 2017 - 2:22 PM

From almost 27 000 fires in the first half of 2016 the BFP recorded only over 13 000 in the same period in 2017

FIGHTING FIRE. Quezon City firefighters battle flames that engulf a shanty. BFP file photo

#MMShakeDrill 2017 off to a good start – MMDA

Jul 14, 2017 - 7:11 PM

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chairman Danilo Lim says cooperation among local government units is at its highest

GOOD START. MMDA chairman Danilo Lim says that it is just the beginning and that they are hoping to keep the momentum until the end. Rappler screengrab

Ex-barangay chief Marjorie Jalosjos is new DILG assistant secretary

Jul 12, 2017 - 11:34 AM

The new DILG official will oversee programs for cops and soldiers wounded in action

APPOINTED. President Rodrigo Duterte signed Marjorie Jalosjos' appointment papers on June 26.

Local lawmakers want to cut up Palawan into 3 provinces

Jul 10, 2017 - 12:15 PM

UPDATED By creating new provinces this means old timer and newbie politicians can vie for additional government seats

Bring disaster preparedness down to communities – DILG exec

Jul 09, 2017 - 8:35 AM

DILG undersecretary Austere Panadero says it is crucial to bring preparation down to the community and family levels

Day 2 of the AGOS Summit on Disater Preparedness at the SM Aura Samsung Hall in Taguig on July 8, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

'Almost 400' PH towns have no fire trucks – DILG

Jun 29, 2017 - 4:22 PM

As of April 2017 the Bureau of Fire Protection has 2 674 fire trucks – 932 units short of the ideal number

NOT ENOUGH. Despite multiple fire truck deals struck by the government, many local government units still have no firefighting vehicles.

BFP defends defective fire trucks: 'They come with warranty'

Jun 27, 2017 - 7:53 PM

The Bureau of Fire Protection spokesperson says that since the bureau is underequipped it deems it better to buy more fire trucks of inferior quality

DEFECTIVE. The fire trucks, acquired just last April 2016 already show signs of overuse and malfunction. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Information Agency

Embattled DILG usec says he only wanted to review procurement process

Jun 27, 2017 - 6:45 PM

Undersecretary Jesus Hinlo Jr also admits knowing a Negros Occidental gambling lord who was his client until just before he was appointed to the DILG

How the Duterte administration is fast-tracking Yolanda recovery

Jun 25, 2017 - 10:00 AM

President Duterte has criticized the past government for the slow rehab of Eastern Visayas What happens when he tells agencies he is getting impatient?

FAST-TRACKED. President Rodrigo Duterte said he wanted Yolanda relief efforts to be finished by the end of 2017.

Bayron regains seat as Puerto Princesa mayor

Jun 23, 2017 - 2:31 PM

Puerto Princesa Mayor Lucilo Bayron is back as city chief months after he was removed from the position

BACK. Lucilo Bayron with Palawan Governor Jose Alvarez and DILG Regional Director Florida Maranan Dijan, among others, after he took his oath. Photo from Richard Ligad's Facebook account

3 DILG undersecretaries 'floating' since April

Jun 23, 2017 - 11:24 AM

Former Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno clips the powers of the 3 undersecretaries before they convinced President Duterte to fire the DILG chief

'FLOATING'. The three Interior Undersecretaries have been clipped of their powers, only able to represent the DILG in meetings and conferences for the past 3 months. Photos from the officials' Facebook pages

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PH's longest serving mayor steps down after 22 years in office

Jun 22, 2017 - 3:47 PM

How did he circumvent the 3 term limit set by the Constitution and the Local Government Code?

22 YEARS. Mabalacat City mayor Marino 'Boking' Morales was able to keep his post after bypassing the three-term limit rule twice. Photo from the Facebook page of Morales.

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers a speech during his visit at the Iligan City National School of Fisheries on June 20, 2017 where 229 displaced families families have taken shelter. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

DILG officials, employees urge Duterte to fire 3 undersecretaries

Jun 20, 2017 - 8:00 PM

In a confidential memo submitted to President Duterte DILG officials and employees accuse Jesus Hinlo John Castriciones and Emily Padilla of corruption

INVESTIGATED. Interior Undersecretaries JV Hinlo, Emily Padilla, and John Castriciones are the same officials who urged President Rodrigo Duterte to sack former DILG Secretary Ismael Sueno. Photos from officials’ Facebook pages

DILG urges gov't: Hire dependents of injured, fallen of Marawi

Jun 20, 2017 - 6:14 PM

The DILG projects that a total of P28 2 million is needed every 6 months to fund the salaries of the 261 dependents of injured and fallen soldiers and cops

DOTr launches modernization program for jeepneys, buses

Jun 19, 2017 - 8:45 PM

The Department of Transportation plans to phase out old PUVs make changes in the franchising system update routes and provide training for drivers

GREENLIT WITH A PEN. Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade and Interior Secretary Officer-in-Charge Catalino Cuy sign the Omnibus Franchising Guideline to begin the PUV Modernization Program. Photo by Rambo Talabong

DOH targets release of smoking ban rules before SONA

May 30, 2017 - 3:45 PM

Local governments are encouraged to pass their own local ordinances that will implement Executive Order 26 and the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

NO TO TOBACCO. Tobacco control advocates join the World Health Organization and the Department of Health to commemorate this year's World No Tobacco Day. Photo by Jee Y. Geronimo/Rappler

What can local governments do when terror strikes?

May 28, 2017 - 5:30 PM

When terror strikes the first responders are barangay officials mayors and governors

HAND IN HAND. Local government units coordinate with the national government when disaster strikes, standing as the bridge of the President to the people.

DILG confirms 2 Marawi jailbreaks freeing 107 inmates

May 24, 2017 - 9:46 PM

At least 50 men break into two prisons in the evening of the clash between the Maute group and government forces in Marawi City Lanao del Sur

What happens to local government units during martial law?

May 24, 2017 - 7:18 PM

Local chief executives would have to surrender powers over their units to the national government but to what extent?

FACT CHECK: PH News Agency says 95 countries convinced no EJKs in PH

May 20, 2017 - 6:11 PM

Did the state run news agency misquote DILG Assistant Secretary Epimaco Densing III?

MINIMUM VIOLATIONS. Assistant Secretary Epimaco Densing of the Department of the Interior and Local Government indicates on December 9, 2016, that there is only minimum human rights violation based on their independent investigations. Photo by Khristine Montenegro/Rappler