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Manila fails DILG's good financial housekeeping standards

Feb 19, 2020 - 3:48 PM

(UPDATED) Only 10.8% of assessed local government units nationwide fail to meet the Good Financial Housekeeping criteria as of January 31, 2020

NON-PASSER. Manila is the only local government unit in the National Capital Region to be excluded from the list of Good Financial Housekeeping passers. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

'Safe' to join public gatherings amid COVID-19 threat, says PH gov't

Feb 18, 2020 - 5:50 PM

Several Cabinet officials including Health Secretary Francisco Duque III tell the public that they can join gatherings with large crowds for as long as they observe DOH-recommended precautionary measures against COVID-19

FACE MASKS VS COVID-19. People wearing face mask look for books during the opening ceremony of 'Big Bad Wolf' book sale in Pasay City on February 13, 2020. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

DILG targets barangays in new 75-day road clearing campaign

Feb 17, 2020 - 7:34 PM

Mayors and barangay captains must focus on local roads next

ONE MORE ROUND. DILG Secretary Eduardo Año at a press conference on the continued implementation of the road clearing campaign. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'Pinuyat pero 'di jinowa'? On Valentine's Day, DILG staff show state of love via dress code

Feb 14, 2020 - 1:47 PM

A memo released on the eve of Valentine's Day instructs staff to let colors do the talking

Vico Sotto regularizes 109 more Pasig government employees

Feb 10, 2020 - 8:34 PM

Some of these workers have been around even before the 30-year-old mayor was born

JOB SECURITY. Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto poses with a city government employee after he announced the regularization of 109 city hall workers on February 10, 2020. Photo from Pasig City Public Information Office

Coronavirus threat: What local governments are doing

Feb 07, 2020 - 11:10 AM

Some do what they can amid the national government’s incompetence

DILG: Proposed regional dev't authority 'not a political unit'

Feb 04, 2020 - 2:08 PM

But Deputy Speaker Johnny Pimentel says the proposal would 'complicate' the process of implementing projects in the regions

CHARTER CHANGE. Inter-agency Task Force on Federalism and Constitutional Reform chair Jonathan Malaya discusses before lawmaker their proposed changes to the Constitution on February 4, 2020. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

DILG urges LGUs to form coronavirus task force

Jan 31, 2020 - 12:11 PM

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año says the local task forces 'will implement DOH protocols and guidelines and extend full cooperation to the DOH and other government agencies to meet the world health emergency'

PREVENTIVE MEASURE. A 'No mask, no entry' sign can be seen at the entrance of San Lazaro Hospital in Manila on January 30, 2020, the day the Philippines confirmed its first case novel coronavirus. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

DILG forbids entry in 14-kilometer Taal danger zone

Jan 23, 2020 - 2:38 PM

The DILG directs mayors in high-risk areas to strictly implement a total lockdown

GHOST TOWN. A general view shows vehicles covered in ash by the eruption of the Taal volcano, near Agoncillo, Batangas, on January 20, 2020. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

DILG issuing show cause orders vs officials allowing Taal danger zone visits

Jan 21, 2020 - 1:50 PM

After the aerial survey of Taal Volcano, DILG Calabarzon OIC Elias Fernandez Jr says there are still people living at the danger zone

NO WINDOW HOURS. DILG orders a stop on the set 'visiting hours' by some mayors which allowed residents to go back to their homes and get their belongings. Photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

Lawmakers to recall Cha-Cha resolution they approved in secret

Jan 21, 2020 - 1:08 PM

The House committee on constitutional amendments also plans to reopen public hearings after the executive branch submitted a new list of proposed changes to the charter

CHA-CHA TALKS. House committee on constitutional amendments chair Rufus Rodriguez says he would reopen their public hearings on charter change this month. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] Taal fiasco: Walang plano, kapos sa pondo

Jan 20, 2020 - 11:00 AM

The Philippines is 9th in disaster-risk worldwide, located in the Pacific Ring of Fire, visited by 20 tropical cyclones every year, and has 74% of its population vulnerable to disasters. Yet government reduces our calamity fund by P22.9 billion since 2016

Local governments outside Batangas give aid to Taal Volcano eruption victims

Jan 14, 2020 - 9:39 PM

(9th UPDATE) Local governments in Metro Manila, Southern Tagalog provinces, and Mindanao cities send goods, medical teams, and emergency response teams to Batangas

IN NEED. Residents affected by the Taal volcano eruption settle inside an evacuation center in Santo Tomas, Batangas on January 13, 2020. Photo by Mary Grace dela Cerna/Rappler

Unlike Boracay, Baguio won’t be closed to tourists during rehab period

Jan 11, 2020 - 7:56 AM

The rehabilitation of Baguio will start with the 3 T's: trees, traffic, and tourism

SUMMER CAPITAL. Baguio City. Photos by Mau Victa

PH soon to have single online portal for prisoner, criminal data

Jan 10, 2020 - 6:21 PM

But agencies are yet to digitize their data that will be uploaded to the newly-launched National Justice Information System (NJIS)

PRISONERS. Convicted prisoners at the Maximum Security Compound of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa on October 29, 2019. Photos by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Camiguin mayors protest DILG charges over road clearing

Jan 07, 2020 - 7:36 AM

Mayor Joseph Uayan of Sagay and Mayor Helenio Abecia of Guinsiliban say they have nothing to clear really, – their towns are among the smallest in the country, and their roads are narrow

TOO SMALL FOR OBSTRUCTION. The town of Sagay is a 5th-class municipality with a population of about 12,000 in Camiguin. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

10 mayors face charges for failing to comply with road clearing directive

Jan 05, 2020 - 11:30 AM

The DILG files administrative cases against the first 10 out of the 97 mayors who did not follow President Rodrigo Duterte's road clearing order

TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT. Motorists experience moderate to heavy traffic in Osmena Blvd Cebu City on a Rush Hour Monday, November 25, 2019. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

QC getting 1,500 CCTV cameras under 'Safe Philippines'

Dec 30, 2019 - 4:17 PM

Despite claims of the project's potential security risks, the DILG collaborates with another city to provide its China-backed surveillance system

SURVEILLANCE. More CCTV cameras will be installed along major roads and areas in Quezon City. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

LOOK: How local government units prepare for Typhoon Ursula

Dec 24, 2019 - 4:55 PM

On Christmas eve, local government units prepare for Typhoon Ursula (Phanfone) by evacuating residents and preparing equipment ahead of its landfall

Ahead of Typhoon Ursula's landfall, the local government unit of Naval, Biliran deployed evacuation tents with some tents dedicated for senior citizens, PWDs, and pregnant women. Photos courtesy of @biliranisland on Twitter

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

Moreno camp to DILG: Why blame Isko for Erap’s anti-drug faults?

Dec 17, 2019 - 10:40 PM

The DILG issues a show cause order to Mayor Isko Moreno's administration for the poor performance of Manila's anti-drug abuse council during the time of his predecessor

NOT TO BLAME. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno's chief of staff Cesar Chavez hits Interior Undersecretary Ricojudge Echiverri for holding Moreno accountable for the poor anti-drug council performance during the term of Joseph 'Erap' Estrada. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Manila faces show cause order for poor anti-drug council performance

Dec 16, 2019 - 9:03 PM

(UPDATED) The city of Manila fails to reach a good mark in organizing, financing, and operationalizing its anti-drug abuse council

NOT ACCOUNTABLE? Interior Undersecretary Ricojudge Echiverri says Manila mayor Isko Moreno is not entirely to blame for the low functionality of the city's anti-drug abuse council. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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