DILG OIC backs police body cameras but not from CHR funding

Sep 19, 2017 - 1:48 PM

Body cameras protect both victims of police operations gone wrong and the police personnel themselves, says DILG officer-in-charge Catalino Cuy

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Sep 08, 2017 - 7:57 PM

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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

Provinces under red alert due to Tropical Storm Jolina

Aug 25, 2017 - 7:00 PM

16 provinces in Region I II III and CAR are within the 100 kilometer radius of Tropical Storm Jolina

PREPAREDNESS. The DILG issued the alert levels based on the cyclone track of Tropical Storm Jolina on August 25. Screengrab from DILG

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

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

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

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Aug 16, 2017 - 3:30 PM

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Año can't be DILG chief yet? Duterte eyes 'alternative solution'

Aug 15, 2017 - 6:06 PM

Malacañang says the President is aware of Republic Act 6975 which bars AFP chief Eduardo Año from becoming DILG Secretary within a year of his retirement from the military

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte views the presentation being showed by Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff Gen. Eduardo Año related to the current developments on the terror crisis in Marawi City during a meeting in Davao City on May 29, 2017. With them is Special Assistant to the President, Christopher Bong Go. PRESIDENTIAL 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

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

#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

Gov't, MILF sign cooperation agreement vs illegal drugs

Jul 01, 2017 - 3:55 PM

The protocol of cooperation provides guidelines and operational procedures for joint anti illegal drug operations in MILF areas and communities

  Atty. Abdul Dataya (2nd from L), Chairman of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) - Ad Hoc Joint Action Group (AHJAG), and PCSupt. Pierre Bucsit (3rd from R), Chairman of the GPH-AHJAG, exchange copies of the final "Protocol of Cooperation on Anti-Illegal Drugs Operations and Related Activities in MILF Areas/Communities" on Friday, 30 June 2017 in Hotel Elena, Davao City. Photo by Manman Dejeto/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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Jun 21, 2017 - 10:30 AM

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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

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

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

Incoming DILG chief Año wants 'focus' on drug syndicates

May 19, 2017 - 7:07 PM

The outgoing military chief says he wants to make sure that policemen follow the rule of law in their war on drugs

AFP TO DILG. President Rodrigo Duterte wants AFP chief Eduardo Año to take over the DILG by June 2017. Malacañang photo

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May 19, 2017 - 1:52 PM

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Lorenzana says 'it's final': AFP chief Año in DILG by June

May 19, 2017 - 11:37 AM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says President Rodrigo Duterte has thumbed down his request to let General Eduardo Año serve as AFP chief until his retirement in October

NEXT DILG CHIEF. AFP chief General Eduardo Ano will retire early to head the Department of the Interior and Local Government. Photo by Darren Langit

DILG's Quinsay vows to stop corruption in fire bureau

May 16, 2017 - 7:20 PM

Interior Assistant Secretary Nestor Quinsay Jr plans to do this by changing the promotion system seeking Fire Code amendments and supervising the purchase of equipment for the Bureau of Fire Protection

NEW ASSIGNMENT. Department of the Interior and Local Government Assistant Secretary Nestor Quinsay Jr is tasked to oversee the Bureau of Fire Protection. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Death rate down in police operations – DILG, PNP

May 15, 2017 - 6:33 PM

One death happens every 50 operations now compared to one in every 20 last year according to data the two agencies have collated

PERIOD REVIEW DELEGATES. DILG Asec Epimaco Densing III and PNP human rights affairs chief Dennis Siervo were both part of the Philippine delegation to the United Nations Periodic Review held earlier this May. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler.com

DILG to revive probe of local officials with drug links

May 15, 2017 - 4:47 PM

The department plans to pick up where Task Force Agila left last March It may need to investigate local officials also on issues of criminality and corruption

DILG official to push for human rights office

May 15, 2017 - 1:29 PM

It is expected to remedy the fear of witnesses to testify against vigilante style killers and accused cops

Duterte appoints ex-PNP intel chief Quinsay as DILG assistant secretary

May 12, 2017 - 12:41 PM

Nestor Quinsay Jr will oversee the Bureau of Fire Protection

Then President-elect Rodrigo Duterte gives a press conference on May 26, 2016 in Davao City after clinching the election. Photo by Manman Dejeto

Duterte appoints 6 DILG officials ahead of Año

May 12, 2017 - 9:56 AM

The 6 new officials are reminded to always be in sync with the DILG vision

APPOINTED AHEAD. The 6 Department of the Interior and Local Government officials were appointed through a letter by President Rodrigo Duterte.

3 challenges Año will face as DILG chief

May 11, 2017 - 3:35 PM

The military general will oversee Yolanda recovery efforts the community based war on drugs and the campaign for federalism among local governments

DILG CHIEF. Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Eduardo Año was appointed unceremoniously by President Rodrigo Duterte right before he left for Cambodia.

Early retirement for AFP chief Año?

May 11, 2017 - 11:08 AM

The chief of staff may assume his new post as DILG secretary in June 4 months before his scheduled retirement from the military

COMMAND CONFERENCE. In this file photo, President Duterte talks to AFP chief Eduardo Año after a command conference on January 6, 2017. Malacañang photo

Año says 'very early' DILG offer surprised him

May 10, 2017 - 6:30 PM

The Armed Forces chief of staff is just as shocked at the announcement of President Rodrigo Duterte

WHY NOW? File photo of AFP chief General Eduardo Año after he got the nod of the Commission on Appointments on February 8, 2017. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

AFP chief Año is next DILG chief – Duterte

May 10, 2017 - 3:40 PM

4TH UPDATE Armed Forces of the Philippines chief General Eduardo Año will take over the Department of the Interior and Local Government after he retires in October says President Rodrigo Duterte

ANOTHER GENERAL. Outgoing AFP Chief of Staff Eduardo Año will be the new interior secretary. File photo by Rappler

Ex-VP Binay pushes for integrated Metro Manila jail

May 10, 2017 - 2:39 PM

The former official revives the 2015 proposal of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology to solve the problem of jail congestion in the National Capital Region

THE SCRUM. There were weeks during the campaign when it was difficult for reporters to catch Binay for an interview. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Fariñas to retire in 2019, but open to serve if asked by admin

May 09, 2017 - 6:06 PM

Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas says he has not received any offer to be part of President Rodrigo Duterte s Cabinet

NO OFFERS YET. Ilocos Norte 1st District Representative Rodolfo Fariñas says he wants to retire after his 3rd term. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler