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IN PHOTOS: Metro Manila LGUs conduct 3rd #MMShakeDrill

Jul 14, 2017 - 8:15 PM

UPDATED Government officials firefighters rescuers soldiers and police also respond to the different earthquake scenarios across Metro Manila for MMShakeDrill

The Pasay City government simulates disaster and response drill during the #MMShakeDrill on July 14, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

32 Manila barangay officials on drug watchlist, 1 killed last week

May 30, 2017 - 6:17 PM

Barangay Chairman Angelito Sarmiento is killed inside his home by unidentified gunmen

TARGETED. Barangay officials are not new victims of the drug war, with one already killed in October 2016.

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.

FAST FACTS: Avoiding double taxation for nonresidents

Apr 01, 2017 - 1:30 PM

The Philippines is currently a signatory to 41 tax treaties that address double taxation situations

DOUBLE TAX. To avoid the double taxation of nonresidents, the Philippines is currently a signatory of 41 tax treaties.

FAST FACTS: Time to pay taxes, what should you know?

Mar 29, 2017 - 4:29 PM

As we approach the tax month of April check if you know enough about the Philippine tax landscape

Local governments not spending enough on social services – budget chief

Feb 27, 2017 - 9:50 AM

Bulk of funds are spent on local administrative functions instead of education health and nutrition population control labor and employment housing and community development social welfare and so forth

NOT ENOUGH. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno said that local government units spend more on administrative functions than social services. File Photo

DOF: Mining closures to cost LGUs over P821M in revenue losses

Feb 20, 2017 - 10:50 PM

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III says 3 of the 17 affected areas would lose revenues representing more than 50 of their current operating income

DOF to LGUs: Study impact of mining closures on revenues

Feb 06, 2017 - 6:45 PM

Local treasurers are told to submit reports to the Department of Finance by Friday February 10

COA: DND, 183 LGUs didn't follow rules for disaster funds in 2015

Jan 22, 2017 - 7:00 PM

The Commission on Audit releases its first ever report on how funds for disaster risk reduction and management were used by national and local officials

Cardinal Tagle to parishes: Prepare to help LGUs hit by Nina

Dec 26, 2016 - 1:00 AM

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle makes this appeal to parishes in the Archdiocese of Manila which covers 5 cities in the National Capital Region

BEFORE LANDFALL. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle leads the Christmas Eve Mass at the Manila Cathedral on December 24, 2016, a day before Typhoon Nina (Nock-ten) made landfall in Catanduanes. Photo by Maria Tan

Cities highest-earning LGUs in 2015

Nov 02, 2016 - 9:19 PM

Quezon City and Makati were the top earners overall while Bulacan and Negros Occidental reported the highest revenues among provinces according to COA s 2015 Annual Financial Report on Local Government Units

DILG, Rappler sign MOU on better use of technology in governance

Oct 31, 2016 - 4:36 PM

The partnership allows them to collaborate in fighting corruption promoting the best standards in governance and disaster risk reduction and mitigation

From L-R: DILG Undersecretary Austere Panadero, DILG Secretary Ismael Sueno, Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, Rappler Research and Content Strategy Head Gemma Mendoza, and Move.ph Executive Director Rupert Ambil.

FAST FACTS: The Local Government Code turns 25

Oct 10, 2016 - 5:46 PM

October 10 2016 marks 25 years since the Local Government Code – the bible of local governance – was enacted in the Philippines It is undergoing a comprehensive review

LGUs to honor Filipinos who reach 100 years old

Sep 26, 2016 - 4:25 PM

Filipino centenarians will receive a cash grant among others from their local government unit

IMPLEMENTATION. Social welfare secretary Judy Taguiwalo signs the implementing rules and regulation of the Filipino Centenarians Act of 2013 in Malacañang on Monday, September 26. Photo from DSWD

Local governments urged to prioritize programs for PWDs

Jul 17, 2016 - 3:15 PM

July 17 marks the start of the 38th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week

PRIOTIZE. July 17 marks the start of the 38th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week. File photos from Rappler, EPA, and Office of the Vice President

Sex education in PH schools still lacking – UNFPA

Jul 09, 2016 - 9:50 AM

According to the latest report on the implementation of the RH law the education department has not yet developed the minimum standards of comprehensive sexuality education that schools should comply with

DepEd reiterates guidelines for class suspensions during typhoons

Jul 08, 2016 - 8:24 PM

In the absence of storm signals local government units have discretionary powers

NDRRMC warns against floods, landslides in #ButchoyPH areas

Jul 07, 2016 - 2:32 AM

Local disaster councils are tasked to be on heightened readiness

Calabarzon LGUs trained on social media for disaster communication

Jun 29, 2016 - 11:46 AM

Officials from the provinces of Cavite Laguna Batangas Rizal and Quezon are taught how to integrate social media in their disaster risk reduction and management initiatives through the Agos eBayanihan platform

PREPAREDNESS. Rappler Content and Strategy Head Gemma Mendoza (R) shows information officers how to use social media for disaster response. Photo by Pam Perigrino/ Rappler

Globe brings Fiber to Binondo SMEs, eyes $2B rollout

Apr 29, 2016 - 12:57 PM

Globe partners with the Manila City government to speed up the process of laying network infrastructure for its high speed projects

How can citizens take charge of #OpenRoads?

Apr 07, 2016 - 7:54 PM

To help improve the quality of roads in the country citizens should take charge

Tawi-Tawi town mayor wounded in Zamboanga City shooting

Feb 07, 2016 - 12:49 PM

Authorities are not ruling out politics even if Bongao Mayor Jasper Que an administration ally is not running for reelection

Binay wants mega infrastructure projects for every region

Dec 11, 2015 - 6:25 PM

At a forum in the Ateneo UNA s standard bearer promises higher Internal Revenue Allotment shares for LGUs

Vice President Jejomar Binay talks about his plans for local government units in front of a crowd in the Ateneo de Manila University. Photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

Stories of game-changing approaches in local governance

Oct 21, 2015 - 3:00 PM

Citizens Journey: Stories of Engagements for Reforms is a book containing 11 stories from the engagements of civil society organizations

Guidelines, restrictions set for General Trias cityhood plebiscite

Oct 20, 2015 - 2:41 PM

General Trias residents who have filed for voter registration up to June 30 2015 will be allowed to vote in the December 12 plebiscite

COA cracks P170-M anomaly in Leyte's hospital supplies

Oct 20, 2015 - 8:30 AM

The P173 37 million disparity consists of unaccounted for drugs and medicines worth P85 36 million and medical dental and laboratory supplies that total P88 09 million

What mayors should do within 48 hours before Typhoon Lando hits land

Oct 17, 2015 - 11:17 AM

Always prepare for the worst even as we hope for the best says NDRRMC executive director Alexander Pama

COA orders Palawan gov't to return P35M excess bonuses

Sep 13, 2015 - 7:36 PM

COA says the release of the excess amount is a violation of DBM Circular 2013 3 and Executive Order 80

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Aquino approves cityhood of General Trias in Cavite

Aug 27, 2015 - 5:36 PM

If residents favor the city hood in a plebiscite General Trias will be Cavite s 7th city and the country s 145th

27 LGUs failed to submit Q2 receipts, expenditures report

Aug 12, 2015 - 9:05 PM

The finance department s tax watch ad shames 19 cities 8 provinces for failure to submit their electronic statements of receipts and expenditures

Tommy Osmeña's birthday message to Cebu: 'Think of your future'

Jul 26, 2015 - 6:17 PM

Is the former mayor eyeing his old seat again?

Aquino signs law creating open high school system in PH

Jul 21, 2015 - 8:17 PM

The law comes as the Department of Education works on its last mile : bringing the schools to where the learners are

OPEN HIGH SCHOOL. Shiela Mae Sumilla, a single mother and a grade 9 students of the Open High School Program of the Aposkahoy National High School. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Bangko Sentral loans to MSMEs hit P1.74B

Jul 20, 2015 - 7:49 PM

The Credit Surety Fund for micro small and medium enterprises is expected to spur economic activities

Index shows local governments make PH more competitive

Jul 16, 2015 - 11:07 PM

The Manila is the country’s most competitive city while Davao del Sur heads the provinces according to the 2015 Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index

DILG, NYC ink deal to include youth in local disaster councils

Jul 01, 2015 - 7:32 PM

Will local government units implement the agreement?

FOR THE YOUTH. Interior Secretary Mar Roxas (2nd left) and NYC Commissioner Dingdong Dantes (3rd left) signs the joint memorandum circular telling LGUs to involve young people in their disaster councils. All photos by David Lozada/ Rappler

LGUs' IRA rose in the last 5 years – LMP

Jun 28, 2015 - 5:00 PM

The League of Municipalities of the Philippines LMP appreciates the annual increase and undelayed release of their internal revenue allotments IRAs under the Aquino administration

How do you identify an authorized traffic officer?

Jun 27, 2015 - 11:25 PM

Here are 5 ways

Graphics by Alejandro Edoria

Reject these 2016 presidential wannabes

Jun 16, 2015 - 6:50 PM

The only presidential candidate who deserves serious consideration from the electorate is the one who does not fit the profile of a dynastic politician

Palace to Binay: Consider budget in raising village execs' pay

Jun 14, 2015 - 6:42 PM

Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr says Binay s proposal to give regular compensation to barangay officials must be carefully studied

LGUs, agencies ready for Typhoon Dodong

May 09, 2015 - 12:17 PM

UPDATED On Saturday DILG Undersecretary for Local Government Austere Panadero says DodongPH will be the official hashtag used to monitor calls for rescue and other typhoon updates from citizens

CHECKLIST: What mayors should do 48 hours before typhoon hits land

May 09, 2015 - 9:57 AM

Are your mayors taking these minimum steps to prepare for Typhoon Dodong?

PH accountable for Manila's reproductive rights violations – UN

May 06, 2015 - 7:05 PM

UN says Manila s Executive Orders 003 and 030 violate women s right to access reproductive health information and services

COA to Pampanga officials: Return P66.9M bonuses

Apr 15, 2015 - 6:07 PM

The provincial government gave employees and officials about P40 000 each in bonuses when the law allowed only P5 000 each

'We are ready for Chedeng' – Regions III, IV-A

Apr 02, 2015 - 3:46 PM

LGUs are now more proactive and vigilant because of the lessons learned from areas affected by past disasters like Yolanda Haiyan says OCD regional director Josefina Timoteo

LGUs, NGOs unite for disaster risk reduction

Mar 30, 2015 - 5:00 PM

5 years after the Philippine DRRM Act of 2010 was enacted the country still has a lot of gaps that need to be addressed

COOPERATION. LGUs and CSOs listen attentively to the discussion of DRRM strategies. Photo by Darlene Joy Calsado

Small farmers, priority sectors get P331B in loans

Mar 21, 2015 - 6:53 PM

Government owned Land Bank priority sector loans are up 35 in 2014 and hit a record 85 9 of total loans

Small farmers are part of Land Banks's priority sector which received P331 billions in loans last year

8,600 in evacuation centers due to clashes in North Cotabato

Feb 27, 2015 - 3:17 PM

The social welfare department has provided food packs worth P265 370 to thousands of families in 8 evacuation centers

LGUs to play big role in ASEAN integration

Feb 15, 2015 - 4:30 PM

But local officials claim they would be needing more beyond simply being briefed about the economic integration

Champions for Health Governance: The search for outstanding LGUs

Feb 09, 2015 - 6:48 PM

Press Release: The nationwide search called “Champions for Health Governance Awards” is open to all LGUs in the municipal and city level

WeatherPhilippines and IOM hold LGU workshop in Tacloban

Feb 02, 2015 - 11:42 AM

IOM Philippines andWeatherPhilippines teach LGUs how to develop a more systematic decision making process in disaster risk reduction with the use of weather knowledge and information

STORM TRACKER. Tacloban Disaster-Risk Reduction Management Officers learning how to track a storm. Photo from WeatherPhilippines Photo by Photo from WeatherPhilippines