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Health services prioritized in San Juan's P2.55-B budget for 2020

Dec 18, 2019 - 5:03 PM

About P510 million going to the health department and San Juan Medical Center

SAN JUAN BUDGET. San Juan City gets a budget of P2.55 billion for 2020. Photo courtesy of San Juan City facebook page

IN NUMBERS: How regions scored in the road clearing operations

Oct 19, 2019 - 8:35 PM

A quarter of towns in the Zamboanga Peninsula fail to comply with the directive, while NCR maintains its high compliance rate

CLEARED. Will cities and municipalities across the country maintain cleared public roads? Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Makati still Philippines' richest local government unit

Oct 16, 2019 - 7:47 PM

Makati City reports total assets of P230.833 billion in 2018 – an increase of P34.26 billion from 2017 largely due to the value of road networks in 6 barangays

IN NUMBERS: How local governments fare halfway DILG-ordered road clearing

Sep 03, 2019 - 9:49 PM

Secretary Eduardo Año says more than half of LGUs nationwide have not conducted road clearing operations. They have until September 29 to do so.

MIDWAY MARK. The DILG relayed figures with regard to cleared obstructions, displaced livelihoods and properties, and compliance rates across the nation. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: The good mayors need us

Jul 15, 2019 - 10:41 AM

Well-intentioned local chief executives are up against vested interests that reject reforms, as well as temptations that come with power

Richard Gomez to focus on infrastructure dev't, disaster management during 2nd term

Jul 01, 2019 - 11:58 PM

Among the Ormoc City mayor's priorities are solving traffic congestion, increasing the city's resiliency to calamities, and banning single use plastics by 2021

OATHTAKING. Richard Gomez takes his oath of office for his second term as mayor of Ormoc City, Leyte. Photo from Ormoc City government's Facebook page

LIVE: Senate probes killings of local officials

Feb 04, 2019 - 9:31 AM

The Senate public order committee probes the killings of local officials since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office

Malacañang to Mindanao officials: Prepare for aftershocks, tsunami

Dec 29, 2018 - 3:42 PM

(UPDATED) 'The Palace urges local government units in Mindanao to closely monitor their respective areas of jurisdiction and take precautionary measures,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

QUAKE. A 7.2-magnitude earthquake strikes off east of Davao Oriental. Screenshot from USGS

How families in Cabiao, Nueva Ecija's poor village got homes, education

Aug 04, 2018 - 8:00 AM

For a year at the start of her term, then-mayor Gloria Congco did the rounds of private firms, non-profit organizations, and international institutions, presenting the needs of the remote sitio of Saint Joseph

Photo courtesy of Kaya Natin Movement for Good Governance

PNP eyes gun amnesty program in August over high-profile killings

Jul 12, 2018 - 5:23 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippine National Police estimates there are one million loose firearms in the country, and a number of them may be in the hands of people with 'criminal minds,' says top cop Oscar Albayalde

GUN AMNESTY PLANNED. Top Cop Oscar Albayalde at a Camp Crame press conference. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

How do LGUs decide on localized class suspensions?

Jul 10, 2018 - 6:38 PM

Local disaster risk reduction and management offices use scientific data to decide whether it is worth it and safe to send students to school and government employees to work

Floodwaters rose around the Manila City Hall as the afternoon heavy downpour brought about by the effect of Typhoon Maria stranded commuters trying to catch their ride home. July 7, 2018

Supreme Court: LGU shares shall be sourced from all national taxes

Jul 04, 2018 - 1:40 PM

The SC ruling effectively increases the portion of local government units from the national wealth, but law professor Lyssa Grace Pagano says the 20-80 sharing under Federalism is better

LOCAL GOVERNMENT SHARES. The Supreme Court ruled that the "just share" of the local government units or LGUs shall be sourced from "all national taxes" and not just "national internal revenue taxes."

Mayors, vice mayors killed under Duterte gov't

Jul 02, 2018 - 12:04 PM

(8th UPDATE) Rappler tallies at least 8 vice mayors and 13 mayors slain since July 2016

In Del Carmen, Surigao del Norte, barangays are rewarded for being healthy

May 03, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Mayor Alfredo Coro II has introduced a system where barangays earn monetary rewards according to how they meet health indicators every year

IMPROVED HEALTH NUMBERS. The number of infant deaths in Del Carmen, Surigao del Norte, has dropped significantly, and the communities are able to detect major communicable diseases even before they became uncontrollable. Photo by Kaya Natin! Movement

Organic farming helps lessen health risks in Cervantes, Ilocos Sur

Apr 21, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Benjamin Maggay, former mayor of Cervantes, notices that whenever their farmers use chemicals, they develop lung problems two to three days after

DEMO. Local authorities demonstrate how organic farming methods are done. Photo by Kaya Natin! Movement

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.

LGUs hold key to ending sexual harassment in PH

Jun 15, 2017 - 6:03 PM

Local governments should enforce ordinances penalizing sexual harassment in public spaces says an expert on women empowerment

GLOBAL TO LOCAL. UN Women Asia-Pacific Consultant Katherine Belen stressed that local government executives need to step up in creating policies that promote safety in public spaces. Photo by Rambo Talabong

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

Only 1 in 10 LGUs has plan on how to respond to natural disasters

Jul 06, 2016 - 6:02 PM

Climate Change Commission Secretary Emmanuel de Guzman urges local officials to create their own action plan by the end of 2017

VULNERABLE. Rice and corn farmers may go deeper into poverty because of climate change. Photo by Vincent Go/Greenpeace

Cebu gov't supports Duterte's planned curfew for minors

May 23, 2016 - 11:39 PM

UPDATED A resolution supporting the reimposition of the death penalty however is deferred

 UNANIMOUS. Provincial  board members Julian Daan (left) and Sun Shimura lead their colleagues in passing the resolution that will take effect on June 30, when the new set of elected officials start their term. Photo by Richale Cabauatan

Electing local governments: Are there other ways to do it?

May 03, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Local electoral systems across nations allow electors to vote for candidates directly including independent candidates without any need for party affiliation

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

Eastern Visayas officials penalized for fake receipts, bid documents

Feb 15, 2016 - 3:38 PM

One is found selling fake attendance certificates at the Philippine Councilors League meeting 6 have authorized the purchase of a truck without bidding

GenSan mulls closing down public market

May 01, 2015 - 3:30 PM

Mayor Ronnel Rivera is studying a proposal to build a bigger and modern public market in Barangay Labangal some 3 km away from its present site

CLOSING DOWN? The General Santos city government plans to close down its public market to build a 'bigger and more modern' one in Barangay Labangal, some 3 kilometers away from the present site. Photo by Edwin Espejo, Rappler

Cavite ex-governor Maliksi to face graft charges

Nov 04, 2014 - 6:48 PM

The Ombudsman says Ireneo Ayong Maliksi avored a supplier and purchased medicines worth P2 5 million without public bidding during his term

INDICTED. Former Cavite Governor Ireneo 'Ayong' Maliksi, shown in this file photo with party mate President Aquino, will face charges for favoring a supplier and awarded a contract without public bidding. Rappler photo

Huge drop in Davao road accidents due to speed limit

Oct 30, 2014 - 3:59 PM

Some taxi drivers are complaining about delays on their trips and therefore lost income but the traffic management office says speed limits are not the culprit – road constructions

Camera feed from Davao City's Public Safety and Security Command Center

Ex-mayors of Angeles and Bacolod charged with graft

Jul 21, 2014 - 6:45 PM

Bacolod City s Luzviminda Valdez tampered and overpriced receipts while Angeles City s Francis Nepomuceno donated a car to a political supporter

Mayor Binay to Roxas: Don't play politics

Sep 07, 2013 - 4:33 PM

Mayor Junjun Binay slams Roxas for saying the status quo remains in the row over Fort Bonifacio

File photo by AFP