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DILG Secretary Eduardo Año tests positive for coronavirus

Mar 31, 2020 - 8:11 PM

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año says he has not shown any symptoms of the coronavirus disease or COVID-19

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

LIST: Quarantine centers in Metro Manila, provinces, cities

Mar 31, 2020 - 6:50 PM

Various local governments designate quarantine centers to provide venues to isolate suspected cases that hospitals are unable to accommodate

QUARANTINE FACILITY. Dahlia Hotel in Pasig City will be used as a quarantine area for persons under monitoring and investigation for the novel coronavirus. Photo from Mayor Vico Sotto's official Twitter page

LGUs ordered to provide contact tracers in tracking coronavirus cases

Mar 31, 2020 - 4:31 PM

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles says these persons will also help in monitoring PUMs and PUIs

PREPAREDNESS EFFORTS. Quezon City health volunteers distributes hygiene kits to  families at the Barangay Balara, Quezon City on March 18, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Northern Mindanao LGUs prepare P1.2B in relief, economic aid amid outbreak

Mar 29, 2020 - 8:30 AM

Cagayan de Oro City earmarks P500 million, while Bukidnon province sets aside P700 million

LGUs ordered to help in burial of coronavirus victims

Mar 25, 2020 - 2:37 PM

Local government units should also punish funeral homes that refuse to serve the families of coronavirus victims, says Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles

VIRUS. This transmission electron microscope image shows the novel coronavirus. Photo from NIAID-RML

DILG to barangays: Voter's ID not required to seek help

Mar 25, 2020 - 1:40 PM

'Panahon po ngayon ng magandang pamamahala, hindi po panahon ng politika,' says DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya

HELP FOR ALL. In this photo, the Navotas City gives out relief packs for its residents. Photo from Navotas City local government Facebook page.

Without test kits, provinces, cities fighting blindly against coronavirus

Mar 19, 2020 - 8:56 PM

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

TEMPERATURE CHECK. A Cebu City health worker conducts a temperature check on commuters along Jones Avenue as the city is in quarantine to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

‘Wag na lang mag-quarantine,’ DILG says if tricycles are exempted from ban

Mar 19, 2020 - 5:43 PM

Interior Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya says if they allow Pasig City to exempt tricycles, then other local governments will seek for exemptions too

BANNED. Policemen stops motorists entering Pasig City at a checkpoint along Eastbank Floodway bordering Cainta, Rizal at the start of the community quarantine on March 15, 2020. Photo by Joser Dumbrique/Rappler

DILG to LGUs: Realign your budgets to feed more during Luzon lockdown

Mar 19, 2020 - 1:06 PM

The DILG says local governments can set realign items in their budgets that are not urgent like 'beautification projects'

NEED FOR FOOD. Consumers are seen buying goods more than their daily need at a Market in Quezon City on March 13, 2020, after President Duterte announced on March 12 a community quarantine. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'Safer inside:' DILG rejects release of low-level offenders amid coronavirus

Mar 18, 2020 - 5:51 PM

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

CORONAVIRUS. Officers from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) conduct an awareness seminar regarding COVID-19 to detainees in Manila City Jail on March 12, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

LIST: Where to get info on LGU responses to coronavirus

Mar 17, 2020 - 6:45 PM

The following pages and websites contain official information from local government units with confirmed coronavirus cases

CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE. Employees and visitors of the Manila City Hall wait for their turn to be tested by a handheld thermal scanner before entering the building. File photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Workers exempted from Metro Manila lockdown – Año

Mar 12, 2020 - 11:41 PM

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

LOCKDOWN. The Metro Manila skyline. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

DENR reminds Cebu LGUs to check hazard maps for landslide prone areas

Mar 11, 2020 - 5:45 PM

Over 250 barangays in Cebu province are in landslide prone areas. The geosciences bureau reminds LGUs to prepare for the rainy season.

RESCUE OPS. File photo by Cebu Provincial Governement

Barangay assemblies nationwide canceled due to coronavirus scare

Mar 11, 2020 - 2:25 PM

'While the holding of the barangay assembly day is important, we need to think of the greater good and ensure the general welfare of our people,' says Interior Secretary Eduardo Año

CITIZEN PARTICIPATION. A barangay assembly held in 2014 inside UP Diliman. Photo by Raisa Serafica/Rappler

How can commuters evade virus? Use masks, hand sanitizers – Año

Mar 10, 2020 - 12:45 PM

'We really need preventive measures,' says Interior Secretary Eduardo Año

CROWDED. Metro Manila train commuters take a plunge in a stream of humanity every day. File photo by Mick Basa

Metro Manila students barred from public spaces over coronavirus threat

Mar 10, 2020 - 9:57 AM

(UPDATED) 'We have no choice but to undertake these measures because public health demands it,' says Interior Secretary Eduardo Año

LAST MINUTE. Some Filipinos do things last minute, like shopping for Christmas gifts or Noche Buena. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

P50k at stake in DILG Cordillera's peace-building poster-making contest

Mar 05, 2020 - 11:55 AM

PRESS RELEASE: Regional winners will receive certificates and cash prizes – P10k for the first prize, P6k for the second prize, and P4k for the third prize

DILG orders LGUs to craft plans for the 'Big One' in 90 days

Feb 26, 2020 - 6:52 PM

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año says local officials that fail to do so may face administrative, even criminal cases

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