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134 barangay officials face criminal complaints over cash aid anomalies

May 25, 2020 - 4:42 PM

Anomalies committed by the barangay officials include splitting of amounts, falsification of the list, getting a cut or 'tara' from beneficiaries, among others

AID. DSWD emergency subsidy program beneficiaries of Barangay Pasong Tamo in Quezon City receive P8,000 on the last day of cash aid distribution on Thursday, April 30, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DSWD asks for 'understanding' as cash aid for May remains delayed

May 21, 2020 - 4:35 PM

Nearing the last week of May, the DSWD says it is still waiting for a directive from the Office of the President on the distribution of emergency cash subsidies for the second tranche

Icy Wahingon with her 7-month old son wait for the distribution of the government's Emergency Subsidy Program to start on May 12, 2020, at Barangay San Jose in Rodriguez, Rizal. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Military to help give out cash subsidy in remote, critical areas

May 20, 2020 - 4:45 PM

The government will no longer entrust the cash aid's second installment to local governments, following reports of anomalies in the distribution

MILITARY AND POLICE. Combined troops from the military and police in a briefing prior to enforcing a total lockdown of Sampaloc, Manila, in April 2020. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

23 barangay officials face criminal charges over cash aid distribution

May 18, 2020 - 9:05 AM

Barangay officials are accused of falsifying the list of beneficiaries and getting a cut or 'tara' from the emergency subsidy program

CASH AID. Residents of Barangay Labas in Sta. Rosa, Laguna receive their financial assistance under the government's Emergency Subsidy Program during the last day of payout on May 7, 2020. Photo by Mary Grace dela Cerna/Rappler

DSWD, DICT launch ‘ReliefAgad’ app for electronic cash aid distribution

May 14, 2020 - 6:23 PM

Beneficiaries of the government’s coronavirus cash aid program can choose to receive their subsidies through mobile banking apps like GCash and PayMaya

EBRD sounds warning for virus-hit emerging economies

May 13, 2020 - 2:00 PM

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development warns that 'longer-term economic, political, and social effects' could deepen the painful downturn

EASING RESTRICTIONS. People walk on the waterfront of Thessaloniki, Greece, on May 1, 2020, after a month of banned access to the promenade. Photo by Sakis Mitrolidis/AFP

DSWD vows faster distribution of coronavirus cash aid this May

May 12, 2020 - 10:59 PM

Almost 600 local governments have yet to complete cash aid distributions for the month of April

Residents wait in line as they crowd the Old Balara Elementary School in Quezon City to claim their cash assistance for the Emergency Subsidy Program of the government on May 6, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler.

Caraga completes distribution of emergency subsidy to non-4Ps families

May 10, 2020 - 8:45 PM

The Department of Social Welfare and Development lauds the local government units' efficient implementation of the emergency subsidy program in the Caraga region

CASH AID. The DSWD Field Office Caraga reviews the social amelioration cards of the beneficiaries in Butuan City, Agusan del Norte. Photo from DSWD Caraga website

5 million more families 'waitlisted' for emergency subsidy program

May 07, 2020 - 4:00 PM

Poor families who appealed after being initially excluded from the government's list of cash aid beneficiaries are now part of the additional 5 million who will receive aid

Residents of Teachers Village East in Quezon City queue for the government's Emergency Subsidy Program on May 2, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Lockdown cash aid reached only 56% of target beneficiaries in April

May 01, 2020 - 2:25 PM

Under the government's emergency subsidy program, 18 million poor families are supposed to get cash subsidies of P5,000 to P8,000 for April and May

National Task Force on Covid-19 chief implementor Carlito Galvez Jr., leads the first distribution of P 8,000 under the government's social amelioration program to residents of Barangay Vitales, Paranaque City on April 3, 2020, part of the 'Bayanihan to Heal as One Act' to provide subsidy to low income families affected by enhanced community quarantine. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

European Central Bank ready to reload as 'unprecedented' slump hits

Apr 30, 2020 - 11:00 PM

'The euro area is facing an economic contraction of a magnitude and speed that are unprecedented in peacetime,' says European Central Bank chief Christine Lagarde

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 12, 2020,, the headquarters of the European Central Bank (ECB, R) on the banks of the river Main and the banking district (in background) are pictured in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany. - The European Central Bank could reiterate on April 30, 2020 its power to do more still to cushion the eurozone economy from the impact of the novel coronavirus, analysts said, while maintaining pressure on governments to agree a joint response. (Photo by Daniel ROLAND / AFP)

DILG, DSWD extending deadline for LGUs to complete April cash aid

Apr 30, 2020 - 3:03 PM

DILG chief Eduardo Año says they understand that it is difficult to distribute cash aid while observing physical distancing in areas that are densely populated, like in Metro Manila

National Task Force on Covid-19 chief implementor Carlito Galvez Jr., leads the first distribution of P 8,000 under the government's social amelioration program to residents of Barangay Vitales, Paranaque City on April 3, 2020, part of the 'Bayanihan to Heal as One Act' to provide subsidy to low income families affected by enhanced community quarantine. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Local officials could face charges if cash aid isn't distributed by April 30

Apr 29, 2020 - 7:33 PM

The DSWD says it is in constant coordination with local governments in speeding up the distribution of emergency subsidies

National Task Force on Covid-19 chief implementor Carlito Galvez Jr., leads the first distribution of P 8,000 under the government's social amelioration program to residents of Barangay Vitales, Paranaque City on April 3, 2020, part of the 'Bayanihan to Heal as One Act' to provide subsidy to low income families affected by enhanced community quarantine. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Ex-DSWD chief Dinky Soliman on assessing the emergency subsidy program

Apr 28, 2020 - 8:30 PM

Former DSWD secretary Dinky Soliman says collaborative, evidence-based, and empowering approaches would greatly impact aiding the poor in the coronavirus lockdown

DSWD partners with DICT for automated emergency subsidies

Apr 28, 2020 - 4:44 PM

The DSWD and DICT are working together to develop an app that would facilitate electronic cash transfers for poor families affected by the coronavirus lockdown

[EXPLAINER] State auditors have bad news for COVID-19 ‘epal’

Apr 25, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Officials who plaster their names and pictures on government-funded relief goods and materials will be obliged by COA to pay back

May emergency subsidies to be delayed if LGU fails to report April payouts – DSWD

Apr 23, 2020 - 4:44 PM

As of April 22, only around 31% target beneficiaries have received emergency subsidies from the DSWD

National Task Force on Covid-19 chief implementor Carlito Galvez Jr., leads the first distribution of P 8,000 under the government's social amelioration program to residents of Barangay Vitales, Paranaque City on April 3, 2020, part of the 'Bayanihan to Heal as One Act' to provide subsidy to low income families affected by enhanced community quarantine. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

FALSE: P57-B 'balance' in DSWD subsidy even if all families get coronavirus cash aid

Apr 22, 2020 - 2:33 PM

The computation used here does not consider that the P200-billion emergency subsidy covers two months and is given only to the target 18 million low-income families

Barangays ordered to publish names of residents eligible for DSWD cash aid

Apr 20, 2020 - 1:13 PM

Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya says this is needed for 'transparency purposes' and to protect barangay officials

EMERGENCY AID. Assistance under the emergency subsidy program is given to residents of Barangay Vitales, Paranaque City on April 3, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Pasig starts distributing subsidy, passes ordinance vs discrimination of virus cases

Apr 18, 2020 - 7:56 PM

Adopting a similar ordinance from the City of Manila, Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto says people who harass suspected or confirmed coronavirus patients, health workers, and other frontliners will be punished

DISINFECTION. Pasig City health workers disinfect persons coming in and out of the City Hall on March 19, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DSWD to LGUs: Distribute emergency subsidy first, validation later

Apr 16, 2020 - 5:23 PM

The DSWD amends its guidelines to speed up the distribution of emergency subsidies to families in need during the coronavirus crisis

Transport drivers from various organizations line up at the Philcoa Landbank in Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City on Monday, April 13, 2020, to withdraw the financial assistance from the government social amelioration program, amid Luzon enhanced community quarantine to control the spread of coronavirus. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DSWD asks LGUs to fund emergency subsidies for families not on gov't list

Apr 15, 2020 - 1:55 PM

In its 'appeal to the nation,' the DSWD also seeks the public's understanding on how it prioritized the recipients of its emergency subsidy program, saying these people need help to 'survive this crisis'

National Task Force on Covid-19 chief implementor Carlito Galvez Jr., leads the first distribution of P 8,000 under the government's social amelioration program to residents of Barangay Vitales, Paranaque City on April 3, 2020, part of the 'Bayanihan to Heal as One Act' to provide subsidy to low income families affected by enhanced community quarantine. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

All Pasig families to receive cash aid but Vico Sotto asks the well-off to waive it

Apr 15, 2020 - 1:29 PM

There’s not enough time or data on hand to identify who are actually needy, so all the city’s residents not on the DSWD emergency subsidy list will receive P8,000, says the Pasig mayor

VICO SOTTO. Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto during a Rappler Talk interview in October 2019. Rappler file photo

Sotto asks LGUs to shoulder cash aid for families not on emergency subsidy list

Apr 14, 2020 - 7:40 PM

'Abonohan mo muna, makakasingil ka naman sa gobyerno,' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III, who also wants a probe into the national ID system often blamed for the slow disbursement of cash aid to low-income families

CASH AID. National Task Force on Covid-19 chief implementor Carlito Galvez Jr., leads the first distribution of P 8,000 under the government's social amelioration program to residents of Barangay Vitales, Paranaque City on April 3, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

195 cities, municipalities still can't access DSWD emergency subsidy

Apr 13, 2020 - 9:22 PM

They still have not done the proper paperwork, Malacañang says in its latest report to Congress on the government's coronavirus response

CASH AID. People line up for the first distribution of P 8,000 under the government's social amelioration program to residents of Barangay Vitales, Paranaque City. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Pasig City to cover poor families not on DSWD emergency subsidy list

Apr 13, 2020 - 5:25 PM

Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto vows to give cash assistance to families who were cut from the Department of Social Welfare and Development's list of beneficiaries

VICO SOTTO. In this file photo, Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto leads the distribution of the first batch of Pamaskong Handog goody bags to residents on November 28, 2019. File photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

Submerged by debt: Emerging economies at risk from virus

Apr 07, 2020 - 8:45 PM

Many emerging economies were already in dire straits before anybody had heard of COVID-19. Their situation is now worse.

A labourer wearing a facemask carries a sack full of carrots at a vegetable market during a nationwide curfew imposed as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Colombo on April 4, 2020. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP)

[ANALYSIS] Coronavirus lessons from Japan, South Korea, and Vietnam

Mar 27, 2020 - 6:00 PM

If we were to seriously learn lessons from other countries' experiences, then President Duterte needs to shift his mindset

National Emergency Library lets users freely borrow 1.4M books

Mar 25, 2020 - 4:21 PM

The National Emergency Library seeks to fulfill the 'unprecedented global and immediate need for access to reading and research materials' during the coronavirus pandemic

NATIONAL EMERGENCY LIBRARY. Foreground image from the Internet Archive.

Rappler Talk: Risa Hontiveros' dissent vs 'emergency powers'

Mar 24, 2020 - 6:27 PM

Watch Maria Ressa's interview with Risa Hontiveros at 7:45 PM

Heal as one? Why Duterte's special budget powers bill may be unconstitutional

Mar 23, 2020 - 9:42 PM

The proposed bill gives President Duterte the power to say when his special powers will end

Vehicles continue to pile up at the Quezon City and Rizal Province boundary due to the quarantine control point along Batasan-San Mateo Road midnight, March 17, 2020. Photo by Martin/San Diego/Rappler

Businesses appeal to Congress: Limit Duterte powers if granted

Mar 23, 2020 - 8:10 PM

While 22 business groups are in favor of a proposed law to address the coronavirus pandemic, they say broad and overreaching provisions may cause delay

[OPINION] We need people power, not emergency power

Mar 23, 2020 - 8:00 PM

And here are a few reminders for companies that have been donating

Duterte's request to take over private business 'merely standby power'

Mar 23, 2020 - 12:15 PM

(UPDATED) Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea says the power to take over private business would only be used 'when our most critical institutions are nearing total shutdown and government is left with no choice'

[EDITORIAL] Emergency measures? Show us the plan first

Mar 23, 2020 - 8:54 AM

Who is in command? Who is thinking long term? If granted emergency powers, will this President even reasonably use them given his poor track record?

Trump declares state of emergency in coronavirus-paralyzed U.S.

Mar 14, 2020 - 7:18 AM

US President Donald Trump says he will 'most likely' get a test for the virus 'fairly soon'

STATE OF EMERGENCY. US President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency over the coronavirus crisis on March 13, 2020. Photo by Saul Loeb / AFP

Cebu to start screening domestic passengers after coronavirus cases confirmed in Metro Manila

Mar 09, 2020 - 4:56 PM

Currently, only passengers from international airports are scanned for high fever

SCANNING. Scanners at the Mactan Cebu International Airport check temperatures of arriving passengers. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Duterte declares state of public health emergency amid rise in coronavirus cases

Mar 09, 2020 - 12:12 PM

(UPDATED) The declaration comes as the health officials count 10 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including the first case of local transmission in the Philippines

HEALTH EMERGENCY. Shoppers wear surgical mask in the Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan City, where sanitation procedures are carried out after a rise in coronavirus cases. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

‘No right to resist’ quarantine under state of public health emergency – DOH

Mar 09, 2020 - 8:40 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to soon issue an Executive Order formally declaring a state of public health emergency due to the novel coronavirus

QUARANTINE. Security personnel check on the isolation rooms intended for patients under investigation for the novel coronavirus at the newly opened Manila Infectious Disease Control Center at the Sta. Ana Hospital in Manila on March 8, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Duterte to declare state of public health emergency over coronavirus

Mar 07, 2020 - 3:08 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The Department of Health has raised the COVID-19 alert system to Code Red-Sublevel 1 as a 'a signal to all concerned agencies, local governments, health care providers to be ready to for planned response measures'

CORONAVIRUS WATCH. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III gives updates on the novel coronavirus on February 26, 2020. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Duterte's 911 hotline gets 2.54 million prank calls in 2019

Mar 04, 2020 - 12:57 PM

The Department of the Interior and Local Government says that of the 18.48 million calls to the 911 hotline in 2019, only 37,440 were legitimate calls

DILG CHIEF. DILG Secretary Eduardo Ano at a press conference on February 17, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

A virus that's reshaping the world: This week's outlook

Mar 03, 2020 - 11:45 AM

The coronavirus outbreak is not only messing up everyone’s business and personal travel plans, but is also hitting economies hard and reshaping the global supply chain that the world has grown accustomed to

Climate change caused 15 disasters costing over $1B this year – charity

Dec 28, 2019 - 11:18 AM

British charity Christian Aid says if the countries do not reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, people around the world 'will continue to pay the price'

'SAVE THE EARTH.' A participants holds up a placard to call for action on climate change during a march in Tokyo on November 29, 2019. Photo by Charly Triballeu/AFP

The year the world woke up to the climate emergency

Dec 27, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Although scientists have warned for decades about the risk to humanity and Earth posed by unfettered burning of fossil fuels, in 2019 their message seems to have finally hit home

A participant walks past a wall showing a quote by Indian pacifist Mahatma Gandhi at the UN Climate Change Conference COP25 at the 'IFEMA - Feria de Madrid' exhibition centre, in Madrid, on December 13, 2019. - The preservation of Earth's pristine wildernesses and oceans, long treated as a separate issue to curbing climate change, is taking on more importance as scientists say they really need to go hand in hand. While the focus at COP25 in Madrid these past two weeks has been on climate change and the growing urgency to cut greenhouse gas emissions, organisers have made an effort to put the natural environment into the mix. (Photo by CRISTINA QUICLER / AFP)

Chile president declares state of emergency after violent protests

Oct 19, 2019 - 3:18 PM

Attacks on metro stations forced the closure of the entire subway system, which is the key form of public transport in the congested and polluted capital

CHAOS. A bus burns down in downtown Santiago, on October 18, 2019, following a mass fare-dodging protest. Photo by Claudio Reyes/AFP

The colonial-era law that gives Hong Kong leader sweeping powers

Oct 04, 2019 - 8:30 PM

It is the first time in 52 years that these emergency powers have been invoked and the only time since the city was returned to China by Britain in 1997

CARRIE LAM. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks during a press conference in Hong Kong on September 17, 2019. File photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

EU makes 780 million euros available in emergency funding for Brexit

Sep 04, 2019 - 9:18 PM

Most of the money is to come from the Emergency Solidarity Fund, usually used to respond to natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes

DR Congo Ebola outbreak an emergency of global concern – WHO

Jul 18, 2019 - 9:53 AM

'It is time for the world to take notice,' says World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, accepting the advice of his advisory board to invoke the emergency provision

ALERT. A motor taxi driver gets his hands washed at an Ebola screening station on the road between Butembo and Goma on July 16, 2019 in Goma. Photo by John Wessels/AFP

Air Canada flight makes emergency landing in Hawaii

Jul 12, 2019 - 7:28 AM

Air Canada flight AC33 from Vancouver to Sydney hit trouble around two hours beyond Hawaii and diverted back to the US island chain's capital Honolulu, says a company statement

EMERGENCY LANDING. File photo of an Air Canada Boeing 700-200. Shutterstock

Paris declares 'climate emergency'

Jul 10, 2019 - 9:52 AM

US NGO The Climate Mobilization says Paris joins some 650 local authorities – including New York City, Britain, and Ireland

People use an umbrella to shelter from the sun near the Louvre Pyramid (Pyramide du Louvre) during a heatwave in Paris on June 26, 2019. - Forecasters say Europeans will feel sizzling heat this week with temperatures soaring as high as 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) in an "unprecedented" June heatwave hitting much of Western Europe. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFP)