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In the face of an unseen enemy, communication down to the grassroots is key, according to the mayors of Odiongan, Romblon; Tabaco, Albay; Barugo, Leyte; Oras, Eastern Samar
Residents seeking jobs or planning to start small businesses may avail of loans from the city government at no interest if they pay within two years, says Mayor Vico Sotto
Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto began his term by cleaning up the local government’s procurement process and auditing its assets. When the coronavirus pandemic hit, the city had money to help every household, and then some.
Marikina, a city of 450,000 residents, has one of the fastest reduction rates in cases. Mayor Marcy Teodoro says the city government simply did what public health experts advised: test, contain, and treat with speed.
Mandaue City has 717 active coronavirus cases, 319 recoveries, and 25 deaths
Authorities are ordered to avoid unnecessary force towards children who violate quarantine rules and ensure their immediate return to their parents or guardians
Iloilo City’s successful coronavirus response was not devised in a day. Neither can it be credited to only one person.
Rappler features local governments that have been ahead in responding to the coronavirus pandemic
‘The local government should be felt. ’Pag nag-lockdown ka, ’tapos pinabayaan mo ang mga tao, ’wag ka na,’ says Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal
Mayors Trina Firmalo-Fabic of Odiongan, Romblon, and Krisel Lagman-Luistro of Tabaco, Albay, consult their constituents and get creative in their response to the health crisis
The Philippines currently has around 52,000 contact tracers in its fight against the coronavirus. Ideally, it should have 135,000.
(UPDATED) The DILG is set to require local government units to prioritize cyclists and pedestrians as the fight against the coronavirus impedes the availability of public transportation options
With some commercial fishing boats taking advantage of the coronavirus as a diversion from policing, making tracking devices on fishing vessels mandatory should help police municipal waters better
DILG files criminal complaints to some 155 barangay officials over alleged cash aid distribution irregularities
Passes are still needed when traveling between provinces and regions
Experts urge better coordination among reporting agencies at the national and local levels as accurate data builds public trust and aids in decision-making
Cagayan de Oro City 2nd District Representative Rufus Rodriguez says lawmakers would rather focus on measures 'that will save lives and the livelihood of our people' during the pandemic
'Nalalapit na ang paghuhukom para sa mga tiwaling opisyales ng mga barangay,' says Interior Secretary Eduardo Año
The Duterte government gives a quota of at least 100,000 signatures per region
Barangay officials are accused of falsifying the list of beneficiaries and getting a cut or 'tara' from the emergency subsidy program
To help LGUs prepare better as the country gears up for the typhoon season during a pandemic, MovePH collates a number of response practices observed when Ambo hit the country
The DILG says 4 of the mayors are in Metro Manila
While former senator Jinggoy Estrada wanted to help, relief operations should be done according to the law, says Interior Secretary Eduardo Año
Without RIATF concurrence, the LGU declaration is invalid. 'National IATF may supercede anytime should circumstances call for it,' Año says
DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya says regional task forces may instead extend the enhanced community quarantine in smaller areas such as towns and barangays
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
The local task forces should adopt the 4-step general protocols against COVID-19: contact tracing, isolation, testing, and reintegration or referral
Groups unable to show this certification will be stopped at checkpoints, says DILG Spokesman Jonathan Malaya
Residents are initially confused, thinking Baguio's administrative independence from the province also applies in a quarantine situation
Interior Secretary Eduardo Año says defiant local governments will not receive their allocated cash aid subsidies for poor families
The chairmen of the 29 barangays are facing show cause orders issued by the Department of the Interior and Local Government
Local officials' move to set window hours for buying food and medicine led to further congestion, says the Department of the Interior and Local Government
The Department of the Interior and Local Government does not identify the local officials who allegedly violated the national government's 'prescribed directives' during the lockdown
'Otherwise we will have a situation where the more we lock people up, we're creating newer problems that we don't really need actually,' says former SC spokesperson Ted Te
'It’s a useless political distraction,' says DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya of the NBI summons against the Pasig mayor
Interior Secretary Eduardo Año says he has not shown any symptoms of the coronavirus disease or COVID-19
Various local governments designate quarantine centers to provide venues to isolate suspected cases that hospitals are unable to accommodate
Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles says these persons will also help in monitoring PUMs and PUIs
Cagayan de Oro City earmarks P500 million, while Bukidnon province sets aside P700 million
Local government units should also punish funeral homes that refuse to serve the families of coronavirus victims, says Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles
'Panahon po ngayon ng magandang pamamahala, hindi po panahon ng politika,' says DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya
The Bangsamoro region needs to test the Lanao del Sur relatives of the couple who died in Rizal, and the 215 participants of a Malaysian gathering linked to clusters of cases abroad
Interior Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya says if they allow Pasig City to exempt tricycles, then other local governments will seek for exemptions too
The DILG says local governments can set realign items in their budgets that are not urgent like 'beautification projects'
The call is to temporarily release detainees – meaning, people who have not been convicted yet – and those who are entitled to bail but just couldn't afford it
The following pages and websites contain official information from local government units with confirmed coronavirus cases
Interior Secretary Eduardo Año says workers from outside Metro Manila will be allowed to enter and leave as long as they present their company IDs and proof of their work in the capital region
Over 250 barangays in Cebu province are in landslide prone areas. The geosciences bureau reminds LGUs to prepare for the rainy season.