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IAS separation from PNP may not be necessary – DILG

Oct 17, 2019 - 8:38 PM

The Internal Affairs Service calls for separation from the PNP following the 'ninja cops' controversy

SEPARATION? A house bill seeks to make the Internal Affairs Service independent from the Philippine National Police. Photo from PNP

Challenges of local governance we don’t always see

Oct 17, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Which, by the way, also present challenges in reporting

DILG issuing show cause orders to 80 Manila barangay captains

Oct 17, 2019 - 2:46 PM

The city of Manila only scores a medium compliance rate after evaluation by the DILG

NOT JUST MAYOR. DILG Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya expressed that road clearing operations do not just rely on the mayor, but requires the cooperation of barangay captains also. Photo from Moreno's Facebook page

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

DILG says road clearing program to continue

Oct 13, 2019 - 2:58 PM

Interior and Local Government spokesperson Jonathan Malaya says the DILG will conduct quarterly validations of the LGUs' road clearing efforts

Parts of Commonwealth Avenue and at the NIA Road in Quezon City are seen a day after the DILG deadline for the local governments to clear the roads of vendors, structures and obstruction to give back sidewalk space to the walking public and help ease traffic congestion in major roads around the metro. October 2, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Duterte wants gov't projects awarded to contractors with 'most responsive, advantageous bid'

Oct 12, 2019 - 2:42 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte wants to amend the Government Procurement Reform Act to erase the requirement that projects must go to the lowest qualified bidder

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with some members of the cabinet prior to the start of the 42nd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on October 11, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Top Iraq cleric says government responsible for protest deaths

Oct 11, 2019 - 10:15 PM

Top Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani gives authorities 'two weeks' to release the findings of an investigation into the more than 100 deaths recorded during the protests since October 1

PROTEST. This file photo shows smoke rising from burning tires during a demonstration against corruption and lack of basic services in Baghdad's al-Shaab neighborhood on October 2, 2019. File photo by Salam Faraj/AFP

Only Taguig in Metro Manila gets low grade in Duterte road clearing order

Oct 11, 2019 - 2:47 PM

(UPDATED) Taguig, however, will get a chance to improve its mark after Interior Secretary Eduardo Año ordered a 'take two' for its inspection

LOW COMPLIANCE. Taguig City gets a low score from the DILG. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

97 mayors fail to meet Duterte's road clearing deadline

Oct 11, 2019 - 12:07 PM

(UPDATED) All Metro Manila mayors complied with President Rodrigo Duterte's order, says the Department of the Interior and Local Government

TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT. View from MRT Buendia Station during a transportation strike. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOH: No conflict between Local Government Code, Universal Health Care

Oct 11, 2019 - 8:36 AM

Even with the integration of health facilities into provincial and city-wide networks, the country's healthcare system remains devolved

File photo of a rural health unit. Shutterstock.com

Duque wants review of Local Government Code to renationalize healthcare

Oct 09, 2019 - 5:12 PM

'If health is not a priority and there are other priorities like infrastructure, health programs can be compromised,' says Health Secretary Francisco Duque III of the country's current system of devolved healthcare

RENATIONALIZED HEALTHCARE? Health Secretary Francisco Duque III wants a review of the health provision in the Local Government Code of 1991. Photo by Janella Paris/Rappler

Supreme Court rules some lump-sum discretionary funds as legal

Oct 09, 2019 - 11:08 AM

Four kinds of 'lump-sum' discretionary funds from 2014 are declared as constitutional for constituting singular correspondence

Supreme Court of teh Philippines in Padre Faura, Manila

DILG relaunches push for constitutional reforms

Oct 08, 2019 - 12:02 PM

DILG Usec Jonathan Malaya says the new constitutional reform campaign includes equality provisions

SPOKESMAN. DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya speaks in a Rappler Talk on Monday, August 19. Rappler screenshot

DILG to local governments: Cooperate in DSWD's data collection or face sanction

Oct 07, 2019 - 7:36 PM

The DSWD's data collection of the poorest families in the country has not been totally successful because of communication lapses with barangay officials

DILG Undersecretary Martin Diño at the press hearing for the launch of Listahanan 3 data collection. Photo Courtesy of DSWD

SPOTLIGHT ON CITIES 2019: The First 100 Days

Oct 06, 2019 - 6:00 PM

How new leaders are shaping and empowering communities

DILG tells Labella to maintain cleared sidewalks in Cebu City

Oct 02, 2019 - 8:13 PM

Some vendors complain they will earn less at the relocation site due to less foot traffic

CLEARING. Cebu City Mayor speaks with Cebu City sidewalk vendors who were displaced due to clearing operations. Photo from Cebu City Public Information Office's Facebook page

Año should be traffic czar, says lawmaker

Sep 25, 2019 - 4:31 PM

House transportation committee chairman Edgar Mary Sarmiento says Interior Secretary Eduardo Año should lead the proposed traffic crisis inter-agency management council as his agency oversees local governments

CHOKEPOINT. Bumper to bumper traffic is seen along EDSA near Cubao, Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DILG reminds LGUs: Memo only for obstruction removal, not road widening

Sep 20, 2019 - 10:32 AM

(UPDATED) The DILG gives the reminder following reports that MC 121-2019 was being used 'to remove century-old trees, demolish waiting sheds that do not obstruct sidewalks, and even structures in private lots without notice and just compensation'

ILLEGAL STRUCTURE. A team from the General Trias LGU removes an illegal structure along Antero Soriano Highway in Barangay Bacao onSeptember 9, 2019. Photo courtesy of General Trias LGU

Rappler Talk: DILG Secretary Año on keeping Duterte's deadlines

Sep 19, 2019 - 5:30 PM

From clearing roads to arresting freed heinous crime convicts, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año is President Rodrigo Duterte's go-to man. Watch Rappler's interview with him on Thursday, September 19.

Año says no more revival of anti-subversion law, but…

Sep 19, 2019 - 3:54 PM

In the same breath, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año says membership in the Communist Party of the Philippines should still be outlawed under a new law

NO MORE? DILG Secretary Eduardo Año during the Rappler Talk Interview at the PNP National Headquarters in Quezon City on September 18, 2019. Photo by Gerard Carreon/Rappler

China-backed telco also wants to build structures in PH police camps

Sep 19, 2019 - 8:34 AM

But unlike the military, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año holds off the deal with Dito Telecommunity (formerly Mislatel), citing concerns over ‘some provisions’ in the proposal

NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS. Thousands of cops gather for a program in Camp Crame, the national base of the Philippine National Police. PNP photo

29% of local posts now occupied by 'fat' political dynasties

Sep 14, 2019 - 10:19 AM

Ateneo School of Government Dean Ronald Mendoza says political dynasties with members simultaneously occupying more than one elective post have grown by about 1% per election period since 1988

[ANALYSIS] Intergovernmental relations and the Mandanas case

Sep 13, 2019 - 12:52 PM

How to end the deadlock between the national government and local governments over the Mandanas case decision, which expands the revenue base for towns and provinces?

NCR task force formed to counter 'front organizations'

Sep 11, 2019 - 5:37 PM

While there is no armed conflict in Metro Manila, the task force deems the capital region to be the hotbed of recruitment and fund generation

FIRST MEETING. The National Capital Region Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict will be engaging schools, labor unions, and the urban poor sectors. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

DILG, local officials support postponing barangay, SK elections to 2023

Sep 10, 2019 - 6:10 PM

Government officials agree that rescheduling the polls would give barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan officials elected in 2018 more time to complete projects

POLLS PUSHED BACK. Both government and elected local officials support moves to postpone the May 2020 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Año: Even Bato dela Rosa should be probed in GCTA mess

Sep 06, 2019 - 3:56 PM

The DILG secretary says, all former chiefs of the Bureau of Corrections should be investigated

EX-BUCOR CHIEFS. Senator Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa and sacked Nicanor Faeldon, along with other former chiefs of the Bureau of Corrections, may face probes into their actions that led to the release of heinous crimes convicts. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Boris Johnson's brother quits UK government

Sep 05, 2019 - 6:52 PM

Jo Johnson had campaigned strongly against Britain's exit from the European Union in 2016, a position that put him at odds with his older and more famous brother Boris

RESIGNATION. In this file photo taken on June 20, 2019 Conservative MP Jo Johnson, former minister and brother of leadership contender Boris Johnson, is seen at the Houses of Parliament in London on June 20, 2019. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Italy's new pro-European cabinet sworn in

Sep 05, 2019 - 6:24 PM

'We're ready to give our utmost for the country,' Five Star Movement head Luigi Di Maio, Italy's new foreign minister, says

NEW CABINET. Italy's Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio (L) shakes hand with Italy's President Sergio Mattarella as Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte (R) looks on after signing an oath of office during a swearing-in ceremony of the new Cabinet at the Quirinale presidential palace in Rome on September 5, 2019. Photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP

New Italy government leans left after populist downfall

Sep 04, 2019 - 11:07 PM

Luigi Di Maio, head of the Five Star Movement, will be foreign minister, while Roberto Gualtieri from the center-left Democratic Party has been given the finance post

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

Año says 'gov't has no responsibility' to help families of drug war victims

Sep 03, 2019 - 2:07 PM

However, DILG secretary Eduardo Año said, the families of those killed in illegal drugs operations may 'approach appropriate government agencies' for help

NO POLICY. DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said the agency has no policy in place to assist families of those killed in the drug war.

DILG wants to extend suspension of GCTA law

Sep 03, 2019 - 12:16 PM

'After we finish the review, we will recommend it to Congress, and probably Congress would have to amend the law,' says DILG Secretary Eduardo Año

NO GCTA FOR NOW. Convicted former mayor of Calauan, Laguna Antonio Sanchez is seen inside the Maximum Security Compound of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on August 22, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Conte to lead 'more united' Italy after far-right's fall from power

Aug 29, 2019 - 6:40 PM

(UPDATED) The anti-establishment Five Star Movement and the center-left Democratic Party, once bitter foes, have agreed to govern in coalition in order to stave off snap elections in the eurozone's third largest economy

Between governance and romance

Aug 29, 2019 - 9:00 AM

We’re glad Mayor Vico Sotto has pointed out what makes news

Talks revived as clock ticks on new Italy government deal

Aug 28, 2019 - 12:02 PM

Italy's President Sergio Mattarella had on Monday allowed an extra day for negotiations, interpreted by some as a hopeful sign that a deal may be in the works

NEW GOVERNMENT. File photo of Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. By Alexandros Michailidis/Shutterstock.com

Sandiganbayan denies PCGG appeal over Batangas beachfront property

Aug 26, 2019 - 11:37 PM

The anti-graft court upholds its April 2019 order for the Presidential Commission on Good Government to reimburse Ramon Quisumbing P40 million for the improvements on the property

DENIED. The Sandiganbayan denies the government's appeal over a contested property in Mabini, Batangas. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DR Congo unveils new government after months-long delay

Aug 26, 2019 - 8:27 PM

'The government is finally here. The president has signed the decree and we will begin work soon,' says Prime Minister Sylvestre Ilunga

SC affirms junking of graft case vs DBP, textile firm over Marcos-era behest loans

Aug 25, 2019 - 5:16 PM

The Supreme Court Third Division backs the Ombudsman's 2006 decision to dismiss the complaint filed by the Presidential Commission on Good Government

File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Sudan swears in civilian-majority ruling council

Aug 21, 2019 - 7:13 PM

(UPDATED) General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan will be Sudan's head of state for the first 21 months of the 39-month transition period, until a civilian takes over for the remainder

SWORN IN. A video grab from footage by Sudan's Presidential Palace show General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the head of Sudan's ruling military council, during a swearing in ceremony in Khartoum on August 21, 2019. Photo by Sudan Presidential Palace/AFP

Applying for GSIS loan program now easier for San Juan City gov't workers

Aug 20, 2019 - 6:36 PM

The San Juan City government and the GSIS sign a memorandum of agreement on the GSIS Financial Assistance Loan program for city government workers

LOAN FOR GOVERNMENT WORKERS. San Juan City government workers may now apply for the GSIS Financial Assistance Loan program through the GSIS booth at the San Juan City Hall.

DILG will drop campaign for anti-subversion law if...

Aug 20, 2019 - 8:00 AM

...President Rodrigo Duterte decides to revive the peace talks with the Left

STILL OPEN? In this photo taken September 2016, President Rodrigo Duterte poses for a photo with members of the Government of the Philippines and National Democratic Front peace panel. Talks have since collapsed. Malacañang file photo

DILG won't make list of underperforming mayors, barangay chiefs in road clearing

Aug 19, 2019 - 8:20 PM

Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya says clearing roads is not comparable with the anti-drug drive, where officials are threatened with administrative and criminal complaints

ROAD-CLEARING. Quezon City Department of Public Order and Safety (DPOS), tasked to provide public security in the city, dismantle illegal structure that cause obstruction in the sidewalk along Cambridge St. in Quezon City on Friday, July 26, 2019, during a clearing operation. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Sudan's Bashir 'got $90 million from Saudi royals'

Aug 19, 2019 - 6:47 PM

(UPDATED) Omar al-Bashir faces a raft of charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide from the International Criminal Court over his role in the Darfur war, but the latest trial is over graft allegations

TRIAL. In this file photo, Sudan's ousted president Omar al-Bashir is escorted into a vehicle as he returns to prison following his appearance before prosecutors over charges of corruption and illegal possession of foreign currency, in the capital Khartoum on June 16, 2019. File photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

Duterte is no Marcos, says DILG in defending anti-subversion law

Aug 19, 2019 - 4:08 PM

'This is not the authoritarian martial law which is of the Marcos period where when someone is arrested and not heard of, and then suddenly he's dead,' says DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya

NO MARCOS? An effigy burned in September 2017 as part of the 45th year of commemorating Martial Law declaration in the Philippines. File photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Reviving the anti-subversion law

Aug 19, 2019 - 10:49 AM

How does the DILG plan to carry out the Anti-Subversion Act of 1957 should it be revived? Watch DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya on Rappler Talk on Monday, August 19

Leni Robredo thanks Naga officials for continuing legacy of Jesse

Aug 18, 2019 - 12:42 PM

(UPDATED) 'Mas mahusay pa sa kaniya, kaya lalong napalawig iyong kaniyang legacy,' says Vice President Leni Robredo on Naga officials following the footsteps of her late husband Jesse

REMEMBERING JESSE. Vice President Leni Robredo sepaks during the commemorative program for the 7th death anniversary of her late husband Jesse Robredo held at the Museo ni Jesse Robredo in Naga City on August 18, 2019. Photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

Italy recalls Senate as government crisis intensifies

Aug 13, 2019 - 8:53 PM

While the government is still in place, the Senate must decide whether to initiate a no-confidence vote in the 14-month-old administration of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte

RECALL. Policemen stand in front of Palazzo Madama, the Italian Senate, on August 12, 2019 in Rome. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Año: Communism should be illegal

Aug 13, 2019 - 2:10 PM

The former intelligence officer seeks the restoration of the Anti-Subversion Law, which was repealed nearly 30 years ago by the Ramos government

ANTI-SUBVERSIVE ACT. DILG Secretary Eduardo Año proposes the restoration of the Anti-Subversive Act. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Despite Duterte's opinion, Año says cops receiving gifts will face charges

Aug 13, 2019 - 10:57 AM

'As a matter of policy, employees under the DILG, including police officers, will be held criminally and administratively liable,' says DILG Secretary Eduardo Año

IN LINE. Cops in formation at the Quezon City Police District. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Blame PCGG? Another multibillion-peso case vs Marcos lost in Sandiganbayan

Aug 07, 2019 - 7:02 PM

The civil suit involves 3 cases of allegedly using dummies and government corporations to enrich the Marcoses