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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

DILG reminds LGUs: Memo only for obstruction removal, not road widening

Sep 20, 2019 - 10:32 AM

(UPDATED) The DILG gives the reminder following reports that MC 121-2019 was being used 'to remove century-old trees, demolish waiting sheds that do not obstruct sidewalks, and even structures in private lots without notice and just compensation'

ILLEGAL STRUCTURE. A team from the General Trias LGU removes an illegal structure along Antero Soriano Highway in Barangay Bacao onSeptember 9, 2019. Photo courtesy of General Trias LGU

Rappler Talk: DILG Secretary Año on keeping Duterte's deadlines

Sep 19, 2019 - 5:30 PM

From clearing roads to arresting freed heinous crime convicts, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año is President Rodrigo Duterte's go-to man. Watch Rappler's interview with him on Thursday, September 19.

Año says no more revival of anti-subversion law, but…

Sep 19, 2019 - 3:54 PM

In the same breath, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año says membership in the Communist Party of the Philippines should still be outlawed under a new law

NO MORE? DILG Secretary Eduardo Año during the Rappler Talk Interview at the PNP National Headquarters in Quezon City on September 18, 2019. Photo by Gerard Carreon/Rappler

China-backed telco also wants to build structures in PH police camps

Sep 19, 2019 - 8:34 AM

But unlike the military, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año holds off the deal with Dito Telecommunity (formerly Mislatel), citing concerns over ‘some provisions’ in the proposal

NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS. Thousands of cops gather for a program in Camp Crame, the national base of the Philippine National Police. PNP photo

29% of local posts now occupied by 'fat' political dynasties

Sep 14, 2019 - 10:19 AM

Ateneo School of Government Dean Ronald Mendoza says political dynasties with members simultaneously occupying more than one elective post have grown by about 1% per election period since 1988

[ANALYSIS] Intergovernmental relations and the Mandanas case

Sep 13, 2019 - 12:52 PM

How to end the deadlock between the national government and local governments over the Mandanas case decision, which expands the revenue base for towns and provinces?

NCR task force formed to counter 'front organizations'

Sep 11, 2019 - 5:37 PM

While there is no armed conflict in Metro Manila, the task force deems the capital region to be the hotbed of recruitment and fund generation

FIRST MEETING. The National Capital Region Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict will be engaging schools, labor unions, and the urban poor sectors. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

DILG, local officials support postponing barangay, SK elections to 2023

Sep 10, 2019 - 6:10 PM

Government officials agree that rescheduling the polls would give barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan officials elected in 2018 more time to complete projects

POLLS PUSHED BACK. Both government and elected local officials support moves to postpone the May 2020 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Año: Even Bato dela Rosa should be probed in GCTA mess

Sep 06, 2019 - 3:56 PM

The DILG secretary says, all former chiefs of the Bureau of Corrections should be investigated

EX-BUCOR CHIEFS. Senator Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa and sacked Nicanor Faeldon, along with other former chiefs of the Bureau of Corrections, may face probes into their actions that led to the release of heinous crimes convicts. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

IN NUMBERS: How local governments fare halfway DILG-ordered road clearing

Sep 03, 2019 - 9:49 PM

Secretary Eduardo Año says more than half of LGUs nationwide have not conducted road clearing operations. They have until September 29 to do so.

MIDWAY MARK. The DILG relayed figures with regard to cleared obstructions, displaced livelihoods and properties, and compliance rates across the nation. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

Año says 'gov't has no responsibility' to help families of drug war victims

Sep 03, 2019 - 2:07 PM

However, DILG secretary Eduardo Año said, the families of those killed in illegal drugs operations may 'approach appropriate government agencies' for help

NO POLICY. DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said the agency has no policy in place to assist families of those killed in the drug war.

DILG wants to extend suspension of GCTA law

Sep 03, 2019 - 12:16 PM

'After we finish the review, we will recommend it to Congress, and probably Congress would have to amend the law,' says DILG Secretary Eduardo Año

NO GCTA FOR NOW. Convicted former mayor of Calauan, Laguna Antonio Sanchez is seen inside the Maximum Security Compound of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on August 22, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

DILG will drop campaign for anti-subversion law if...

Aug 20, 2019 - 8:00 AM

...President Rodrigo Duterte decides to revive the peace talks with the Left

STILL OPEN? In this photo taken September 2016, President Rodrigo Duterte poses for a photo with members of the Government of the Philippines and National Democratic Front peace panel. Talks have since collapsed. Malacañang file photo

DILG won't make list of underperforming mayors, barangay chiefs in road clearing

Aug 19, 2019 - 8:20 PM

Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya says clearing roads is not comparable with the anti-drug drive, where officials are threatened with administrative and criminal complaints

ROAD-CLEARING. Quezon City Department of Public Order and Safety (DPOS), tasked to provide public security in the city, dismantle illegal structure that cause obstruction in the sidewalk along Cambridge St. in Quezon City on Friday, July 26, 2019, during a clearing operation. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte is no Marcos, says DILG in defending anti-subversion law

Aug 19, 2019 - 4:08 PM

'This is not the authoritarian martial law which is of the Marcos period where when someone is arrested and not heard of, and then suddenly he's dead,' says DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya

NO MARCOS? An effigy burned in September 2017 as part of the 45th year of commemorating Martial Law declaration in the Philippines. File photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Reviving the anti-subversion law

Aug 19, 2019 - 10:49 AM

How does the DILG plan to carry out the Anti-Subversion Act of 1957 should it be revived? Watch DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya on Rappler Talk on Monday, August 19

Despite Duterte's opinion, Año says cops receiving gifts will face charges

Aug 13, 2019 - 10:57 AM

'As a matter of policy, employees under the DILG, including police officers, will be held criminally and administratively liable,' says DILG Secretary Eduardo Año

IN LINE. Cops in formation at the Quezon City Police District. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

60-day countdown for mayors to clear roads begins

Jul 29, 2019 - 11:31 AM

If mayors fail to do so, they will face administrative complaints

CHOKEPOINT. Bumper to bumper traffic is seen along EDSA near Cubao, Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Año wants to open gated subdivisions during rush hours

Jul 23, 2019 - 2:55 PM

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año lays down his initial plan to implement President Rodrigo Duterte's order to reclaim public roads to ease Metro Manila traffic

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: The good mayors need us

Jul 15, 2019 - 10:41 AM

Well-intentioned local chief executives are up against vested interests that reject reforms, as well as temptations that come with power

DA, DILG to provide solar water systems for off-grid barangays

Jul 09, 2019 - 1:55 PM

The Department of Agriculture and the Department of the Interior and Local Government will team up to provide water for irrigation as well as for drinking to far-flung barangays

Photo from Shutterstock

Malacañang fails to liquidate P10M of federalism fund

Jul 03, 2019 - 12:41 PM

State auditors flag the Presidential Communications Operations Office for unliquidated funds, and the legislative liaison office for overspending on hiring of consultants

DILG to probe Osmeña, says stripping mayor’s office 'uncalled for'

Jul 03, 2019 - 11:13 AM

'The act of even removing what are considered immovable objects like ceiling, walls, and the tiles is already bad faith,' says DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya

FIXTURES GONE. Outgoing Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña has furniture, fixtures, even tiles removed from the mayor's office on his last day on the job on June 28, 2019. All photos by Marthy John Lubiano/Rappler

Richard Gomez to focus on infrastructure dev't, disaster management during 2nd term

Jul 01, 2019 - 11:58 PM

Among the Ormoc City mayor's priorities are solving traffic congestion, increasing the city's resiliency to calamities, and banning single use plastics by 2021

OATHTAKING. Richard Gomez takes his oath of office for his second term as mayor of Ormoc City, Leyte. Photo from Ormoc City government's Facebook page

CA junks 24 administrative cases vs Cagayan de Oro’s Oscar Moreno

Jun 22, 2019 - 9:22 AM

The justices find no convincing proof that Oscar Moreno, when he was governor of Misamis Oriental, did wrong in approving the rental of heavy equipment for road repairs

DILG orders mayors to revoke Kapa's business permits

Jun 17, 2019 - 5:10 PM

'Marami na ang naloko at marami pa sa ating mga kababayan ang maloloko sa investment scam na ito kung hindi ito aaksiyunan ng mga mayor,' says Interior Secretary Eduardo Año

KAPA’s branch office in Tatay, Rizal on Sunday, June 16, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Up to PH to consider U.S. concerns over Huawei, says envoy

May 23, 2019 - 3:29 PM

US Ambassador Sung Kim stresses Washington's 'serious concerns' about Chinese firm Huawei, which will be involved in the Department of the Interior and Local Government's China-funded Safe Philippines project

US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim responds to reporters’ questions at the weekly Pandesal Forum in Quezon City. May 23, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Prioritize athletes so they don't get pirated, LGUs told

Apr 28, 2019 - 2:58 PM

'By nurturing their local athletes, provinces would eventually reap honors,' says Filipina long-jump queen Elma Muros Posadas

MORE SUPPORT. Having represented another province during her younger years, Elma Muros Posadas knows support from local government units will go a long way. Rappler photo


'Childish' Marikina mayor slammed for withholding funds for police

Apr 23, 2019 - 3:38 PM

(UPDATED) Marikina Mayor Marcelino Teodoro allegedly blocks fuel and ticketing funds from police after he was not informed about his police chief being promoted to another post

CHILDISH? Mayor Marcelino Teodoro allegedly blocked funds for cops' gasoline and ordinance and traffic violation tickets. Photo from Marikina PIO Facebook Page

DILG bans 'epal' local bets from attending national gov't payouts

Apr 21, 2019 - 6:10 PM

'Huwag po tayong magpa-epal sa mga proyekto ng gobyerno lalo na ngayong panahon ng kampanya,' the Department of the Interior and Local Government tells local officials

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte leads the ceremonial distribution of cash grants to the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) beneficiaries at the Cebu Technological University Gym in Cebu City on February 24, 2019. Assisting the President is Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Rolando Bautista. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

33 mayors in Duterte narco list to be stripped of police powers – DILG

Apr 17, 2019 - 1:38 PM

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año, the ex-officio chairman of the Napolcom, will move for the removal of police powers of mayors named in President Rodrigo Duterte's drug list

DUTERTE LIST. The DILG will move for the removal of police powers of politicians in President Rodrigo Duterte's drug list. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

What are the new sources of local governments’ IRA share?

Apr 12, 2019 - 8:30 AM

The Supreme Court says the ruling is prospective and that local governments will start to receive the adjusted amount only in 2022

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."

Local governments to get new and bigger IRA only in 2022 – SC

Apr 10, 2019 - 5:23 PM

‘I believe there’s a 3-year period for which the government will have to compute and probably collect all these national taxes,’ says Court spokesman Brian Keith Hosaka

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."

Cleaner rivers, estuaries seen within 2019 – Cimatu

Apr 01, 2019 - 4:10 PM

To ensure that the waters stay garbage-free, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says they will review contracts between local government units and solid waste collectors

CLEAN-UP DRIVE. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu inspects a clogged up waterway in Barangay Tumana, Marikina City with Environment and Natural Resources Chief-of-Staff Rodolfo Garcia. Photo by Anna Mogato/Rappler.

DILG files complaints vs governor, 50 more mayors over anti-drug councils

Mar 27, 2019 - 3:22 PM

A governor and 50 mayors face administrative complaints for failing to organize for neglecting to maintain their anti-drug abuse councils, says DILG Assistant Secretary Ricojudge Echiverri

ADMIN COMPLAINTS. DILG files administrative complaints against 51 local officials for failing to organize and maintain anti-drug abuse councils. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Mayors face admin complaints over lack of anti-drug councils

Mar 20, 2019 - 4:29 PM

(UPDATED) The Department of the Interior and Local Government will file similar complaints against 800 more mayors, which include the names of 46 alleged ‘narco-politicians’

Office of the Ombudsman Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

CHR: Drug list ahead of polls 'will only fuel mudslinging, violence'

Mar 07, 2019 - 2:40 PM

The Commission on Human Rights opposes the plan of the Department of the Interior and Local Government to release a drug list in time for the May 2019 elections