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Congress passes bill creating 3 new Palawan provinces

Nov 19, 2018 - 8:28 PM

Senator Risa Hontiveros and other groups oppose splitting Palawan, saying it will benefit China. Bill to be transmitted to President Dutete for signing.

3 PROVINCES. A map showing the proposed composition of the 3 new provinces of Palawan.

Young civil servants push for digital transformation in LGUs

Nov 19, 2018 - 5:29 PM

#HackSociety winner AI4GOV wants local governments to use artificial intelligence to improve delivery of services. They also want to empower LGUs to champion digital methods

AI4GOV. Lei Motilla at the #HackSociety pitching emphasizes that 'it's not about simply utilizing available digital tools, but understanding the importance of the 'digital change-management process'


DILG to meet 'Ang Probinsyano' producers for 'honest discussion'

Nov 19, 2018 - 2:30 PM

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año says the producers of the show 'have a moral and ethical responsibility to the nation'

ANG PROBINSYANO. Coco Martin says he and the people behind the show are careful in tackling issues currently happening in the country such as party drugs. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Martial law 'needed' because anti-terror law outdated – Año

Nov 18, 2018 - 8:00 AM

'Walang gumagamit ng Human Security Act,' says Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año

AMENDMENT NEEDED. DILG Secretary Eduardo Año at his office inside Camp Crame. Rappler screenshot

Artists' group: PNP, DILG have no right to meddle in 'Ang Probinsyano'

Nov 17, 2018 - 4:47 PM

The Concerned Artists of the Philippines condemn the DILG’s threats to sue the long-running ABS-CBN teleserye

GOOD COP. In 'FPJ's Ang Probinsyano,' Coco Martin plays Cardo Dalisay, an honest cop who contends with corrupt officials and politicians. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Eduardo Año on bringing Duterte to the grassroots

Nov 17, 2018 - 4:20 PM

Eduardo Año speaks to Rappler for his first sit-down interview ever since he was sworn in as DILG secretary

Año scolds DILG exec advocating for revolutionary government

Nov 17, 2018 - 7:00 AM

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año 'warned' and 'admonished' Undersecretary Epimaco Densing III for campaigning for a revolutionary government

'ADMONISHED'. DILG Undersecretary Epimaco Densing III says recently, he has not frequented public forums to discuss declaring a revolutionary government. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler.com

DILG to sue ‘Ang Probinsyano’ if plot is not changed

Nov 16, 2018 - 10:27 PM

DILG cites a host of legal cases that can be filed if the popular TV series doesn't make the cops look good

LEAD STAR. File photo of 'Ang Probinsyano' main character Coco Martin.

DILG chief wants 'Ang Probinsyano' plot changed to favor PNP

Nov 15, 2018 - 7:20 PM

'It affects the morale of the PNP.... Tinataya nila ang buhay nila diyan,' says Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año

NEW PLOT? Newly sworn in DILG chief Eduardo Año wants hit show 'Ang Probinsyano' to be rewritten. Photo from ABS-CBN

Number of DILG Seal of Good Local Governance awardees drop in 2018

Nov 10, 2018 - 9:36 AM

From 448 in 2017, only 263 local government units meet the higher standards set by the Department of the Interior and Local Government this year

COVETED AWARD. Receiving the SGLG gives local government units bragging rights and funds for development projects. DILG photo

Año wants PDEA to release new drug list ahead of 2019 elections

Nov 06, 2018 - 6:18 PM

'Gusto ko ilabas talaga 'yan para makita ng mga tao kung sino ang dapat iboto at hindi,' says Interior Secretary Eduardo Año amid concerns that the list is not fully vetted

ANOTHER LIST? DILG Secretary Eduardo Año wants a repeat of April 2018, when they released a drug list of barangay officials just before the elections. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Luzon officials to join Duterte in Mindanao martial law meeting

Nov 06, 2018 - 4:32 PM

'Kasi meron din tayong problema sa Luzon eh, meron ding mga affected areas, communist-affected areas sa Luzon,' says DILG Secretary Eduardo Año

CONSENSUS SOUGHT. President Rodrigo Duterte will meet with Mindanao and Luzon officials to hear their security concerns, and according to DILG Secretary Eduardo Año, will ask for their opinion on extending martial law. Malacañang file photo

Año backs another martial law extension in Mindanao

Nov 06, 2018 - 4:00 PM

Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año says he has received feedback from Mindanaoans wanting to prolong military rule in the island region

ONE MORE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte strikes his signature pose with newly-appointed Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año following the oath-taking ceremony at the Malago Clubhouse. Malacañang photo

Richest LGU Makati breaches P100-B mark in assets

Nov 06, 2018 - 7:00 AM

Makati dislodges Quezon City as the richest local government unit in 2017, based on the Commission on Audit's Annual Financial Report on LGUs

Año takes oath as DILG secretary

Nov 05, 2018 - 10:46 PM

After serving as officer in charge of the Department of the Interior and Local Government , Eduardo Año is formally given the rank of secretary

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the oath of newly-appointed Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año during a ceremony at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang Park on November 5, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

SC clears the way for 500% hike in property valuation in Quezon City

Oct 25, 2018 - 7:30 AM

(UPDATED) City Administrator Aldrin Cuña says the QC Fair Market Values Ordinance can be implemented 15 working days after the Supreme Court decision

Neighboring LGUs of Bangsamoro region may ask to be part of plebiscite

Oct 22, 2018 - 10:19 PM

Contiguous local government units have until October 31 to petition the Comelec for inclusion in the January 2019 plebiscite to be part of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region

PLEBISCITE SOON. The landmark Bangsamoro Organic Law is up for a plebiscite in Mindanao on January 21, 2019. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

DILG: Attack on FDA convoy shows talks with Sison 'futile'

Oct 21, 2018 - 9:20 AM

'When you offer peace with your left hand but shoot with your right hand...that's the height of duplicity,' says DILG Officer-in-Charge Eduardo Año

CRIME SCENE. The tailing police vehicle accompanying the convoy of Food and Drug Administration chief Nela Charade Puno is barraged with bullets. Photo from Bicol Police

Duterte says relief goods should not be given to local officials

Oct 15, 2018 - 7:07 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte tells national government officials to give relief goods directly to Filipinos because local officials will only politicize the process if they are in charge

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Special Adviser for Foreign Affairs to the Japanese Prime Minister Katsuyaki Kawai who paid a courtesy call on the President at Malacañan Palace on January 17, 2018. Joining Kawai are Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda and Third Secretary Akira Kawada. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

New QC crime ticketing system lets lawbreakers avoid jail time

Oct 15, 2018 - 4:10 PM

City ordinance violators won't be apprehended immediately but will be issued an 'ordinance violation receipt' which could be paid off within 5 days

CONGESTED. Due to overcrowding, detainees take turns lying down and standing up in Quezon City Police District Station 4. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] Stop blaming devolution for health sector failures

Oct 03, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Instead, make it work by ensuring that leaders deliver and citizens participate

Año eyes disqualification from 2019 polls of officials in Boracay mess

Oct 03, 2018 - 2:46 PM

The DILG seeks to disqualify at least 17 Aklan officials accused of neglecting care for island paradise Boracay

FOR BORACAY. Eduardo Año during the Senate hearing on the amendment of the Anti-Terrorism bill on October 1, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DILG backs AFP's proposed anti-communist task force

Sep 29, 2018 - 7:37 PM

A former Armed Forces chief himself, DILG Officer-in-Charge Eduardo Año says the country's long-running communist insurgency 'is not primarily a military or police problem but a governance problem'

EX-AFP CHIEF. In this file photo, DILG OIC Eduardo Año speaks during a press conference at the PDEA Headquarters in Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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 the 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