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Cebu Pacific to deliver donations for Typhoon Tisoy victims for free

Dec 06, 2019 - 7:10 PM

Donors will have to get an endorsement from the Department of the Interior and Local Government for Cebu Pacific to accommodate their cargo

RELIEF GOODS NEEDED. Residents affected by Typhoon Tisoy are in urgent need of food items and shelter repair materials, among others. File photo from Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Año supports end of Mindanao martial law

Dec 05, 2019 - 3:48 PM

'Normalcy has returned to the entire region,' says Interior Secretary Eduardo Año, backing Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana's recommendation against another extension of martial law in Mindanao

RECOMMENDATION. DILG Secretary Eduardo Ano during the Rappler Talk Interview at the PNP NHQ In Quezon City. September 18, 2019. Photo by Gerard Carreon/Rappler

LOOK: How local government units prepare for Typhoon Tisoy

Dec 02, 2019 - 4:44 PM

(UPDATED) Different local government units prepare for Typhoon Tisoy (Kammuri) by evacuating residents ahead of its landfall

DILG urges mayors to suspend classes for SEA Games 2019

Nov 29, 2019 - 9:39 AM

In anticipation of heavy traffic, class suspensions are recommended for schools in Metro Manila, Central Luzon, and Southern Luzon

SUSPEND CLASSES. DILG Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said that a memorandum circular has been issued urging mayors to suspend classes in areas with SEA Games 2019 venues. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Robredo did not get anything confidential from us – DILG

Nov 27, 2019 - 2:45 PM

Department of the Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya says Robredo did not gain any information regarding drug lords and drug syndicates

NEED TO KNOW. While the Department of the Interior and Local Government was open to giving Vice President Leni Robredo information on the anti-drug campaign, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año allowed it on a need-to-know basis. Photo by Jay Ganzon/OVP

China 'resolutely' backs Hong Kong leader despite polls setback

Nov 25, 2019 - 5:38 PM

"The Chinese government's resolve to protect national sovereignty, security and development interest has not faltered. Its resolve to carry out one country, two systems has not faltered," says foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang

Año says China-funded Safe Philippines project will be 'all-Filipino'

Nov 22, 2019 - 8:25 PM

The national government will handle all the data gathered by the surveillance system project, says Interior Secretary Eduardo Año

ALL FILIPINO? Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said that after providing the equipment, Chinese contractors will not be handling the Safe Philippines project. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

Makati allots P8.07 billion for social services in 2020 budget

Nov 15, 2019 - 12:59 PM

This is nearly half of the P18.047-billion budget for next year passed by the city council and approved by Makati Mayor Abby Binay

2020 BUDGET APPROVED. Makati Mayor Abby Binay and Vice Mayor Monique Lagdameo hand a P100,000 check to a centenarian from the city. Photo from Makati City government

Robredo wants 'clear' baseline data on drug problem by end-2019

Nov 14, 2019 - 2:53 PM

While Vice President Leni Robredo acknowledges the challenges on the ground, she says collecting the data is needed to determine whether the anti-drug campaign is effective

BASELINE DATA NEEDED. Vice President Leni Robredo meets with the  law enforcement cluster of the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs on November 14, 2019. Photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

Once a shipwreck survivor, Edgar Labella now captain of Cebu City

Nov 08, 2019 - 7:35 PM

The first-time mayor of Cebu City said once before, 'I would endeavor to have a healing and conciliatory mayorship for the best interest of the city'

Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella gives his speech for the achievements and challenges on his first 100 days in office held at the IC3 Convention in Cebu City on October 16, 2019. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

DILG's new anti-drug info system excludes data on killings

Nov 07, 2019 - 9:26 PM

The Anti-Illegal Drugs Information System aims to address 'disinformation' in the international community, but will not include data on drug war killings

EXCLUDED. A new information system containing consolidated figures of the anti-illegal drug campaign has been given a soft launch, but has excluded data on the killings made during anti-drug operations. Photo by Micah Guiao/Rappler

Citing legit warrants, DILG says no crackdown on militant groups

Nov 06, 2019 - 10:14 PM

Department of the Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya says it's the police's job 'to monitor communist groups'

NO CRACKDOWN? Department of the Interior and Local Government Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said that the raids and arrests made in progressive groups' offices are just 'in furtherance of a warrant of arrest issued by a competent court.' Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

DILG: Robredo is an asset to the anti-illegal drug campaign

Nov 06, 2019 - 7:53 PM

The agency identifies the aspects of ICAD's work where the Vice President could put to use her years of experience working with grassroots organizations

AN ASSET. Department of the Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said that Vice President Robredo has the competency to lead the demand reduction side of the anti-illegal drug campaign. Photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

DILG panel to file administrative charges vs 13 'ninja cops'

Nov 06, 2019 - 12:49 PM

The summary dismissal proceedings can be completed within 45 days, says Interior Secretary Eduardo Año

NEW EVIDENCE. The DILG-Napolcom joint review committee has found new evidence to merit administrative cases against the 13 'ninja cops' in the 2013 Pampanga anti-drug operation. Photo by Gerard Carreon/Rappler

DILG threatens Gwen Garcia: We can sue you

Nov 05, 2019 - 8:50 PM

DILG's RJ Echeverri warns Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia after she complains about the low ratings given to Cebu towns for their road clearing operations

THREATS. A DILG assistant secretary threatens to file charges against Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia for criticizing the department over its road clearing assessment. Photo from Province of Cebu's Public Information Office/Subgo News

No hard evidence to file admin case vs Albayalde over ninja cops – Año

Nov 04, 2019 - 10:26 PM

Command responsibility merits Oscar Albayalde's removal from his post, but this becomes moot since he has stepped down, says DILG chief Eduardo Año

NO HARD EVIDENCE. Interior Secretary Eduardo Año says current allegations against former police chief General Oscar Albayalde are just "words against words". Photo by Gerard Carreon/Rappler

Ormoc mayor Richard Gomez uses mapping and data to preserve local culture

Oct 30, 2019 - 2:49 PM

The Ormoc City government implements cultural mapping techniques to preserve the city's heritage and promote the development of its local arts and culture

HERITAGE. The old city hall in Ormoc City is now being used as a museum. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler.com

Vico Sotto to implement winning hacks from PH's first ever 'Climathon'

Oct 27, 2019 - 8:42 AM

The Pasig mayor is looking at his constituents’ innovative ideas to make the city more environment-friendly, like sari-sari stores helping segregate garbage and inexpensive ways of 'upcycling' discarded plastic

BRIGHT IDEAS. Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto (2nd from right) poses with winners and judges from the city's Climathon on October 26, 2019. Sotto said the city government would implement the winners' proposals on reducing and recycling garbage. Photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

Rappler Talk: 100 days into 2nd term, Richard Gomez means business in Ormoc City

Oct 26, 2019 - 4:12 PM

Rappler talks to Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez on what he has done so far, and his plans as chief executive of the Eastern Visayan City

Barangay captains could be sacked for allowing road obstructions – DILG

Oct 22, 2019 - 1:15 PM

Even if cities and municipalities are given passing marks in the road clearing operations, it doesn't mean specific barangays in their jurisdictions are off the hook

FIVE DAYS. DILG Undersecretary Martin Diño presents a sample show cause order to be issued to 99 Manila barangay captains. They will be given five days to respond. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

Vico Sotto would offer Bobby Eusebio a Christmas gift

Oct 21, 2019 - 10:30 AM

The Pasig mayor knows the old power is out to retake the city from him, but he is not about to resort to dirty tricks just to stay in office

NO TRAPO. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto delivers his State of the City Address at Plaza Bonifacio, Pasig City on October 8, 2019. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Vico Sotto: I'm disappointed every 30 minutes but...

Oct 21, 2019 - 12:09 AM

Plus Justice Carpio's 18 years in the SC and Carlos Yulo's self-awareness

Second-in-command no more, Joy Belmonte reshapes the Quezon City ideal

Oct 20, 2019 - 9:00 AM

‘If you have a mayor who faces head-on the problems of the people and provides solutions, which barangay official wouldn’t be inspired and motivated to do the same?’

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

Rappler Talk: 100 days on, Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto vows never to become ‘trapo’

Oct 18, 2019 - 9:08 PM

Despite the old power's underhanded attempts to discredit him, the new leader insists on doing things the right way, even if it means 'sacrificing political capital'

In Abby Binay's Makati, there are free cakes but no sugarcoating

Oct 18, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Abby Binay carries an unspoken burden: to keep city hall corruption-free. Another Binay cannot afford to be hauled off to court.

Abby Binay Makati . Photo from Makati City government

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

Labella's first 100 days: No more business permit 'purgatory' in Cebu City

Oct 17, 2019 - 4:45 PM

Mayor Edgar Labella highlights socialized housing and improved traffic flow among his other top priorities

100 DAYS. Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella gives his speech for the achievements and challenges on his first 100 days in office held at the IC3 Convention in Cebu City on October 16, 2019. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

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

IN NUMBERS: Vico Sotto’s first 100 days as Pasig mayor

Oct 17, 2019 - 8:30 AM

(UPDATED) 'This is about doing governance in the way that we think it should be done. This is a stand against patronage politics. This is a stand against corruption,' says Sotto

NUMBERS TALK. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto highlighted achievements in health care, education, housing, social services, and good governance as he marked his first 100 days in office on October 8, 2019. Photo by Lisa Marie David/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

Vico Sotto suspends 2 Pasig officials for ignoring businesses' violations

Oct 16, 2019 - 11:57 AM

'We have discovered a suspicious trend' of establishments breaking environment laws and yet given permits from city hall to keep operating, the Pasig mayor says

HUNT DOWN. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto vowed to identify and punish officials who issued permits to establishments despite environmental violations. File photo of Sotto at Pasig's Rainforest Park on October 8, 2019. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Malay town acting mayor declares Boracay a discipline zone

Oct 15, 2019 - 3:26 PM

Frolibar Bautista list achievements of his first 100 days as acting mayor

FIRST 100. Malay acting town mayor Frolibar Bautista reports about his first 100 days in office and his future projects for mainland Malay and Boracay Island. Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal

Francis Zamora: After 50 years, San Juan gets a new captain

Oct 15, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Francis Zamora takes on the role of San Juan's chief executive, the city's new captain after 50 years under the Estrada clan. How will he change the game?

CLEARING. To lead the example PNP Chief Police General Oscar Albayalde, NCRPO Chief Guillermo Elleazar along with San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora on July 30, 2019, demolish Community Precinct structures at West Crame in San Juan City per president order to reclaim sidewalks for pedestrians. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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

First 100 Days: In Manila, Isko Moreno finds his most challenging role

Oct 12, 2019 - 7:30 PM

(UPDATED) Under Mayor Isko Moreno, the Manila city council is forced to work the same odd hours. ‘If he’s working with his 110%, then we are expected to do the same,’ says his trusted ‘ate,’ Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna

MANILA'S RULES. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno reminds foreign nationals to respect Philippine laws and city ordinances when in Manila City. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'A listening government': Baguio's Magalong recruiting advisers for 10 priority areas

Oct 12, 2019 - 9:18 AM

We also gauge his first 100 days as mayor, according to how he has delivered on these 10 identified priorities

Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong. Photo courtesy of Baguio City PIO

Panelo's alternative reality

Oct 11, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Plus the mayors' 100-day milestones

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

Marikina hires longtime street cleaning volunteers as project-based workers

Oct 11, 2019 - 8:56 AM

The 206 cleaners will now receive salaries instead of just allowances

HEROES. Mayor Marcelino Teodoro calls the cleaning volunteers heroes for helping Marikina become one of the country's cleanest cities. Photo courtesy of Marikina LGU

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

Cebuano Cinema Development Council finally sworn in after 5 years

Oct 09, 2019 - 7:55 PM

Among Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella's marching orders on his 100th day in office is to prioritize digitizing and restoring film memorabilia and classic Cebuano films

SWEARING IN. Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella swears in Cebuano Cinema Development Council on his 100th day in office. Photo courtesy of Diem Judilla

IN NUMBERS: Francis Zamora's first 100 days as San Juan mayor

Oct 09, 2019 - 7:48 PM

He says his first 100 days have been 'so far, so good,' but that ghosts of the previous administration remain

100 DAYS. San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora, Congressman Ronnie Zamora, and National Housing Authority General Manager Marcelino Escalada Jr on Friday, September 27, lead the groundbreaking of the 22-story high-rise public housing that will rise along Pinaglaban Street in San Juan City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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

Joy Belmonte asks council for P27 billion for 2020

Oct 09, 2019 - 4:43 PM

Belmonte's proposal is 30% higher than this year's budget, which she plans to fund building new houses for the poor, new classrooms, night market venues, and walkable sidewalks

MORE IN STORE. Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte laid out several proposals in line with traffic and transport management, social services, automation of process and more for her constituents. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

‘Hahabulin, ipapakulong ko kayo’: Vico Sotto warns corrupt Pasig bureaucrats

Oct 09, 2019 - 7:30 AM

In his State of the City Address, delivered on his 100th day in office, the first-term mayor gives updates on services that have been improved and expanded as reforms are introduced

FIRST 100 DAYS. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto delivers his State of the City Address at Plaza Bonifacio, Pasig City on October 8, 2019. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Negros Occidental town mayor focuses on peace and order, not tourism

Oct 08, 2019 - 5:05 PM

Moises Padilla town Mayor Ella Garcia Yulo wants 'to make sure that peace and order is already felt by the people themselves'

Moises Padilla Mayor Ella Garcia-Yulo (right) meets with some of the residents in an upland barangay in her municipality recently./Marchel Espina Photo

Vico Sotto eases penalties on delayed housing payments

Oct 08, 2019 - 2:55 PM

Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto says the government must help housing beneficiaries and only impose what is stated in contracts, instead of letting them get deep into debt

Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto addresses residents of Pasig city on October 8, 2019. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler