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DILG raises alert levels for local gov't units in Typhoon Ompong's path

Sep 12, 2018 - 9:46 PM

(UPDATED) These alert levels guide local government units on what to do before Ompong's landfall

PNP forms team to probe killings of local officials

Sep 10, 2018 - 12:43 PM

The national investigation task group will closely monitor and coordinate investigations of different PNP units, offices, and other task groups investigating the deaths of local officials

TASK FORCE. PNP Directors Oscar Albayalde says the police has formed a national task force that will look into the killing of local officials. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

681 barangays to undergo anti-violent extremism training

Sep 08, 2018 - 9:11 PM

'Preventing and countering violent extremism does not primarily call for a military or police response,' says Interior Assistant Secretary Manuel Felix

PEACE. Children with Down syndrome in super hero costumes talk with members of the Philippine Army who fought in the Marawi Siege while viewing some artworks by artist Nemesio “Nemi” Miranda Jr. in the Marawi: The Homecoming exhibit to mark the National Heroes Day celebration of the Sm City Masinag dubbed "HEROiSM" in Antipolo City, Rizal on August 27, 2018. The paintings depict the 5 months battles between the government forces against Islamic State Maute group and the affected people of Marawi. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

DILG official: 'Freedom of expression' in call for revolutionary gov't

Sep 08, 2018 - 6:34 PM

The DILG says the call of Undersecretary Epimaco Densing III for a revolutionary government is 'his personal opinion,' and that the department is 'advocating for federalism through constitutional means'

'REVGOV' SUPPORTER. In this file photo, DILG Undersecretary Epimaco Densing III speaks at a Senate hearing. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Gov't approves permits to operate of 25 Boracay hotels, resorts

Sep 01, 2018 - 3:51 PM

The Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force is implementing a 'No Compliance, No Opening' policy to ensure that establishments follow rules and regulations

HOTELS. The Department of Tourism releases a list of accredited accommodation establishments in Boracay. Photo from Fairways and Bluewater Beach Resort

Why should Filipinos fund P100-M campaign for 'uncertain' federalism?

Aug 29, 2018 - 4:22 PM

'Mukhang waste of funds ang nakikita natin dito,' says ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio

'UNCERTAIN'. ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio warns the DILG of campaigning for a draft constitution. Rappler screenshot file photo

Local Government Academy holds August 23 disaster-resilient forum

Aug 17, 2018 - 6:16 PM

The forum will be held at the Mall of Asia, Hall 4, SMX Convention Center in Pasay City

Death penalty will be 'big help' to anti-drug campaign – DILG Chief

Aug 15, 2018 - 11:13 PM

'Kulang pa,' says Eduardo Año on current punishments for drug pushers and drug lords

PUNISHMENT. DILG-OIC Eduardo Ano during a press conference at the PDEA Headquarters in Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

EXPLAINER: Who's supposed to be in charge during disasters?

Aug 14, 2018 - 6:48 PM

Several government agencies should be carrying out coordinated operations before, during, and after an emergency to reduce risks and immediately respond to victims' needs

EVACUEES. Some 260 individuals from 111 families evacuate at the Mabuhay Basketball Court in Tatalon, Quezon City as 4 to 5 meter-high flood waters inundate their homes due to heavy rains caused by the southwest monsoon on August 11, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Economic managers seek Duterte's help in lowering LGU share

Aug 08, 2018 - 12:47 PM

The government finance team still has no idea where it will source the additional funds for local government units

NEDA Sec Permia. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Olongapo mayor, execs to defy suspension order

Aug 07, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Olongapo City Mayor Rolen C. Paulino says the Ombudsman’s decision to suspend them for 6 months over misconduct is unfair

DEATH OF DEMOCRACY? Supporters of Olongapo Mayor Rolen Paulino brought in front of city hall 3 signifying the death of democracy in Olongapo. Photo by Randy Datu/Rappler

How families in Cabiao, Nueva Ecija's poor village got homes, education

Aug 04, 2018 - 8:00 AM

For a year at the start of her term, then-mayor Gloria Congco did the rounds of private firms, non-profit organizations, and international institutions, presenting the needs of the remote sitio of Saint Joseph

Photo courtesy of Kaya Natin Movement for Good Governance

DILG to local officials: Suspend classes faster

Jul 30, 2018 - 10:15 AM

'Hindi puwedeng tutulog-tulog,' says Interior and Local Government Officer-in-Charge Eduardo Año

FLOODS. Residents brave the knee deep flood along Magdiwang Highway in Noveleta, Cavite. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

DBM to appeal Supreme Court ruling on tax share of local gov't units

Jul 25, 2018 - 2:35 PM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says applying the Supreme Court ruling on 'rightful' tax share of local government units next year 'would compromise projects'

KAPIHAN. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno talks to the media about the recent Supreme Court ruling on local governments' share of taxes. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

[OPINION] Charlatan changes

Jul 25, 2018 - 9:37 AM

What is most sinister in the proposal lies in the transitory provisions, which essentially empower a select few to rearrange the whole of government

Duterte to local officials: Don't make me do your job

Jul 23, 2018 - 7:25 PM

'Proactively enforce our laws, and not wait for us to swoop down on your areas just to do your duty and work,' says President Rodrigo Duterte in his 2018 State of the Nation Address

CLOSED DOWN. Almost all establishments along Boracay's beachfront have closed down one month into the closure order. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Over 13,800 Filipinos in Luzon evacuate due to monsoon

Jul 22, 2018 - 2:55 PM

The Department of Social Welfare and Development and local government units provide around P9.16 million in aid to affected residents

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] A grand swindle

Jul 21, 2018 - 11:00 AM

The road to federalism thus littered with all-too-familiar malignant obstructions, why take that road at all? Why, indeed, when a far less risky and costly alternative is available, an alternative built into an existing law that already devolves power to the local governments?

What responders, public should do during a terrorist attack

Jul 17, 2018 - 12:06 PM

This is the 10th city-wide earthquake drill and second terror simulation of Pasig City

Want to end killings? Police need your help – PNP chief Albayalde

Jul 16, 2018 - 4:19 PM

'If only the community will take active part in the solution of crimes, and crime prevention for that matter, probably mawawala itong sinasabi nating mga killings,' says PNP chief Oscar Albayalde

COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION. PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde at a press conference at Camp Cram. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PNP eyes gun amnesty program in August over high-profile killings

Jul 12, 2018 - 5:23 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippine National Police estimates there are one million loose firearms in the country, and a number of them may be in the hands of people with 'criminal minds,' says top cop Oscar Albayalde

GUN AMNESTY PLANNED. Top Cop Oscar Albayalde at a Camp Crame press conference. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

186 local officials stripped of police powers under Duterte

Jul 12, 2018 - 8:41 AM

DILG Officer-in-Charge Eduardo Año says these officials either face corruption allegations or are linked to illegal drugs

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. Some 186 local officials have lost control over policemen ever since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office, the DILG counts. Malacañang photo

Duque: Access to primary health care depends on coordination with LGUs

Jul 11, 2018 - 8:55 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says implementation of the proposed universal health care law would have to be done by closely working with local government units

PRE-SONA FORUM. Officials from the Human Development and Poverty Reduction cluster and the Participatory Governance cluster answer questions at the pre-SONA 2018 forum. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

After SC ruling on IRA, Mandanas calls for recast of 2019 budget

Jul 11, 2018 - 6:03 PM

The Supreme Court has ruled that the 'just share' of local government units must be computed and sourced from all national taxes and not just from the national internal revenue taxes

MORE FOR LOCALS. Lead petitioner Batangas Governor Hermilando Mandanas (right) with former Senator Aquilino Pimentel Jr, author of the Local Government Code and primary lawyer in the IRA backpay petition that the Supreme Court recently favored. Photo courtesy of the Batangas Capitol PIO

GALLERY: Who are mayors, vice mayors killed under Duterte?

Jul 11, 2018 - 4:34 PM

Know who these local executives are, their political affiliations, and possible motives for their killing

How do LGUs decide on localized class suspensions?

Jul 10, 2018 - 6:38 PM

Local disaster risk reduction and management offices use scientific data to decide whether it is worth it and safe to send students to school and government employees to work

Floodwaters rose around the Manila City Hall as the afternoon heavy downpour brought about by the effect of Typhoon Maria stranded commuters trying to catch their ride home. July 7, 2018

Robredo worried DILG federalism roadshow being used for 2019 polls

Jul 10, 2018 - 3:44 PM

'Doon sa amin sa Bicol, maraming nagrereklamo na mga kababayan ko na pinapunta sila [sa] DILG-sponsored event, so pera ng taumbayan. Pero may mga nagsalita na mga kandidato para sa susunod na senatorial elections,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

WARNING VS CAMPAIGNING. VP Leni Robredo questions why the DILG invited officials expected to run for the Senate to its federalism roadshow in Albay. Photo of convention by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler, photo of Robredo by OVP

Zero performance? COA flags DILG's anti-criminality projects

Jul 08, 2018 - 9:40 PM

The Commission on Audit says the Department of the Interior and Local Government failed to submit accomplishment reports for its Masa Masid project despite using its full budget

COA questions DILG's last-minute P99-million fund transfer

Jul 08, 2018 - 8:50 PM

The Commission on Audit expresses concern that the Department of the Interior and Local Government may have intended to avoid returning unspent funds to the national treasury

4 PH officials killed as Duterte starts 3rd year

Jul 08, 2018 - 11:34 AM

'Are these deliberate and orchestrated attempts at creating an atmosphere of lawlessness to justify strongman rule?' says Liberal Party president Senator Francis Pangilinan

DILG federalism roadshow's 'surprise' guest in Albay

Jul 07, 2018 - 11:58 AM

(UPDATED) This official did not only have a video presentation at a federalism convention attended by thousands in Albay, he had his speech read by a fellow Cabinet official too

ROADSHOW. Hundreds of participants gathered at the federalism roadshow in Legazpi City on July 6, 2018. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Supreme Court: LGU shares shall be sourced from all national taxes

Jul 04, 2018 - 1:40 PM

The SC ruling effectively increases the portion of local government units from the national wealth, but law professor Lyssa Grace Pagano says the 20-80 sharing under Federalism is better

LOCAL GOVERNMENT SHARES. The Supreme Court ruled that the "just share" of the local government units or LGUs shall be sourced from "all national taxes" and not just "national internal revenue taxes."

Nueva Ecija town mayor Bote not linked to drugs – DILG

Jul 04, 2018 - 11:00 AM

The Department of the Interior and Local Government says General Tinio Mayor Ferdinand Bote is not in the infamous narco-list

AMBUSHED. General Tinio Mayor Ferdinand Bote dies in an ambush on July 3, 2018. Photo from Mabuhay Papaya LGU

Mayors, vice mayors killed under Duterte gov't

Jul 02, 2018 - 12:04 PM

(5th UPDATE) Rappler tallies at least 6 vice mayors and 11 mayors slain since July 2016

Administrative, criminal complaints filed vs 17 Aklan officials over Boracay neglect

Jun 27, 2018 - 5:23 PM

Among those named in the complaints filed by the Department of the Interior and Local Government before the Office of the Ombudsman are Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores, Malay Mayor Ciceron Cawaling, and Malay Vice Mayor Abram Sualog

CASES. DILG Uundersecretary Epimaco Densing shows a copy of the consolidated complaint he filed before the Office of the Ombudsman against officials related to Boracay. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Duterte orders DILG 'audit' of mayors' intel funds

Jun 27, 2018 - 12:48 PM

The Department of the Interior and Local Government is set to audit the confidential and intelligence funds of mayors to check how they have used this to fight crime in their areas

AUDIT ORDERED. President Duterte asks DILG to look into the spending of intelligence and confidential funds by local chief executivesa. Malacañang file photo

DND, DILG to probe Samar ‘misencounter’ – Año

Jun 26, 2018 - 1:47 PM

The Department of the Interior and Local Government and the Department of National Defense will look into the incident in Villareal, Samar, that left 6 policemen dead

JOINT PROBE. DIL OIC Eduardo Año says the investigation into the Samar misencounter between the military and the police will also determine how to avoid a similar incident from happening. Photo by Darren Langit

[EDITORIAL] #Animated: Getting rid of the tambays

Jun 25, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Leave this task to the mayors, Mr President. You have bigger problems on your big plate.

Study shows how politics affects local disaster management

Jun 25, 2018 - 8:14 AM

Dr Maja-Leah V. Ravago says that based on their study, local officials tend to invest in short term disaster risk management measures that can be credited to their administration

POLICE rescues residents along Kalambaguhan street in Cagayan de Oro City as Typhoon Vinta lashes Northern Mindanao on Friday, December 22,2017. (bobby lagsa/rappler)

IN PHOTOS: NDRRMC, LGUs hold 2nd nationwide earthquake drill

Jun 21, 2018 - 7:29 PM

Local drills are conducted nationwide through the Regional DRRM Councils

Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

COA questions safety of proposed gov't relocation site in Valenzuela

Jun 11, 2018 - 8:40 PM

(UPDATED) The Social Housing Finance Corporation gave the go-signal to start construction of a relocation project for 864 informal settler families from Valenzuela City within a site prone to flooding, tsunami, and unstable ground

UNSAFE? The Commision on Audit questioned the safety of a proposed government site in Valenzuela City.

Densing appointed DILG usec, Ebarle named DOLE usec

May 29, 2018 - 5:35 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also reappoints Ding Borja and William Lima as his special envoys to China, and Dante Ang as his special envoy for international public relations

Malay gov't considers wastewater treatment by German partners in Boracay

May 26, 2018 - 4:20 PM

Local officials are considering partnering with a German group to implement a low-cost, community-based approach to wastewater treatment in the island

GREEN. Boracay shores are lined with green algae. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

2018 barangay, SK election winners to serve for only 2 years

May 16, 2018 - 8:00 AM

One election lawyer argues it's the risk that candidates took, while another says it violates the equal protection clause of the Constitution

VOTE COUNT. Teachers and poll clerks start tallying the ballots for the 2018 barangay and SK elections at the Araullo High School in Manila on May 14, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Pera’t kapangyarihan: 5 bagay na ipinagkakatiwala natin sa mga halal sa barangay

May 14, 2018 - 6:00 AM

Bago natin ihalal ang tambay na kapitbahay o ang bagitong ambisyoso sa Mayo 14, alamin muna kung gaano kalaking kapangyarihan at pondo ang ipagkakatiwala natin sa kanila

PAGHAHANDA. Nililinis ng mga tauhan ng treasurer’s office ng Quezon City Hall ang lumang ballot boxes na gagamitin sa barangay at Sangguniang Kabataan elections sa Lunes, Mayo 14, 2018, Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: All systems go for barangay, SK elections 2018

May 12, 2018 - 11:20 PM

Monday's elections will be the first in 5 years for the barangays and in 8 years for the Sangguniang Kabataan

Last day of campaign for the May 14 Barangay and SK elections in Sampaloc Manila on May 12, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

What happens to LGUs that don’t enforce the smoking ban?

May 10, 2018 - 9:00 PM

The DILG has monitored 450 cities and municipalities that are not enforcing President Duterte's Executive Order 26, but the agency has yet to file any administrative cases against officials

Tobacco-producing LGUs in Ilocos Sur fail to implement smoking ban

May 10, 2018 - 5:30 PM

The DILG says Candon City and Santa Cruz town have 'full compliance' with the smoking ban executive order, but Rappler's visits to the two areas show otherwise

SIGN OF SMOKERS. The front lawn of the Candon City Hall is littered with cigarette butts. All photos by Mara Cepdea/Rappler

Funds and power: 5 things we entrust the barangay officials we elect

May 10, 2018 - 3:02 PM

Before we elect the neighborhood 'tambay' or the ambitious political startup on May 14, know how much funds and powers we're entrusting them with

PREPARATIONS. Personnel of the treasurer’s office of Quezon City Hall clean old ballot boxes that will be used for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections on Monday, May 14, 2018, Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Masbate barangay officials face complaints over lack of anti-drug councils

May 03, 2018 - 6:20 PM

The officials did not create barangay anti-drug abuse councils, which are required by the Department of the Interior and Local Government

ADMIN COMPLAINTS. DILG Assistant Secretary Ricojudge Echiverri (right) swears to an Ombudsman official as he leads the filing of administrative complaints against 10 barangay officials in Masbate for failing to create anti-drugs councils. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler