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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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."

[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

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

DILG to file cases vs Aklan local gov't officials over Boracay neglect

Apr 26, 2018 - 8:35 PM

Interior Assistant Secretary Epimaco Densing III says that at least 10 local government officials are responsible for the neglect of the island

GREEN SHORES. The algae-tinged shores of Boracay is said to be an indication of high levels of water pollution. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Mayon evacuees to receive up to P2,900 for work in February

Feb 02, 2018 - 6:28 PM

Beneficiaries will be paid P290 per day for 10 days of work, depending on the need of the evacuation centers where they are staying

EVACUEES. There are about 2,113 families or 72,441 persons taking temporary shelters after Mount Mayon raised alert levels. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

How TokHang lives on through barangay officials

Oct 22, 2017 - 7:25 PM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency says it needs barangay officials to win the drug war

CONTINUATION. Barangay officials take over the drug war with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Davao City is newcomer in PH's 10 richest cities in 2016

Oct 15, 2017 - 7:45 PM

A Commission on Audit report shows that Quezon City, Cebu, and Cainta, Rizal topped the lists of richest cities, provinces, and municipalities, respectively

Briones wants more LGUs to build museums

Oct 14, 2017 - 2:58 PM

Education chief Leonor Briones praises the National Museum of Natural History as a 'non-formal supplement' to classroom learning under the K to 12 program

PLACES OF LEARNING. Education Secretary Leonor Briones delivers a speech during the inauguration of the National Museum of Natural History. Photo by DepEd

Best practices of 10 LGUs recognized at 2017 Galing Pook Awards

Oct 13, 2017 - 1:28 PM

Six of the awardees come from Luzon, one from Visayas, and 3 from Mindanao

BEST PRACTICES. Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian receives the 2017 Galing Pook Award for the city's Disiplina Village. Screenshot from Rappler

'Purging Marawi officials will distract rehab efforts'

Oct 12, 2017 - 11:49 AM

'It would render our rehab prospects for Marawi difficult to achieve if the government would focus their effort on running after officials instead of working with them to rebuild Marawi,' says Zia Alonto Adiong

DAY 116. The military and local government officials discuss rehabilitation of Marawi City

7 governors, 132 mayors in Mindanao lose power over police

Jul 05, 2017 - 7:30 AM

UPDATED Napolcom points to the local executives ‘failure to impose measures to suppress terroristic acts and prevent lawless violence in their territories’

DILG officials, employees urge Duterte to fire 3 undersecretaries

Jun 20, 2017 - 8:00 PM

In a confidential memo submitted to President Duterte DILG officials and employees accuse Jesus Hinlo John Castriciones and Emily Padilla of corruption

INVESTIGATED. Interior Undersecretaries JV Hinlo, Emily Padilla, and John Castriciones are the same officials who urged President Rodrigo Duterte to sack former DILG Secretary Ismael Sueno. Photos from officials’ Facebook pages

32 Manila barangay officials on drug watchlist, 1 killed last week

May 30, 2017 - 6:17 PM

Barangay Chairman Angelito Sarmiento is killed inside his home by unidentified gunmen

TARGETED. Barangay officials are not new victims of the drug war, with one already killed in October 2016.

Maute Group has relatives in Manila, but they're not radical – NCRPO

May 30, 2017 - 3:00 PM

Just because they are relatives does not mean that they are already violent says National Capital Region Police Office Director Oscar Albayalde

ON WATCH. National Capital Region Police Office Director Oscar Albayalde says that Metro Manila is safe, but police are ready for the worst. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

What can local governments do when terror strikes?

May 28, 2017 - 5:30 PM

When terror strikes the first responders are barangay officials mayors and governors

HAND IN HAND. Local government units coordinate with the national government when disaster strikes, standing as the bridge of the President to the people.

Job hunting this summer? Local, national gov't offices have openings

Apr 09, 2017 - 11:30 AM

Young job hunters now are more fortunate than my generation: more LGUs offer summer placements and national agencies announce actively on social media

JOBS, JOBS, JOBS. The labor department is mounting job fairs across the country, and the social welfare offices have office work for more than 1.000 young people. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

FAST FACTS: Avoiding double taxation for nonresidents

Apr 01, 2017 - 1:30 PM

The Philippines is currently a signatory to 41 tax treaties that address double taxation situations

DOUBLE TAX. To avoid the double taxation of nonresidents, the Philippines is currently a signatory of 41 tax treaties.

FAST FACTS: Time to pay taxes, what should you know?

Mar 29, 2017 - 4:29 PM

As we approach the tax month of April check if you know enough about the Philippine tax landscape

Local governments not spending enough on social services – budget chief

Feb 27, 2017 - 9:50 AM

Bulk of funds are spent on local administrative functions instead of education health and nutrition population control labor and employment housing and community development social welfare and so forth

NOT ENOUGH. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno said that local government units spend more on administrative functions than social services. File Photo

DOF: Mining closures to cost LGUs over P821M in revenue losses

Feb 20, 2017 - 10:50 PM

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III says 3 of the 17 affected areas would lose revenues representing more than 50 of their current operating income

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DOF to LGUs: Study impact of mining closures on revenues

Feb 06, 2017 - 6:45 PM

Local treasurers are told to submit reports to the Department of Finance by Friday February 10

COA: DND, 183 LGUs didn't follow rules for disaster funds in 2015

Jan 22, 2017 - 7:00 PM

The Commission on Audit releases its first ever report on how funds for disaster risk reduction and management were used by national and local officials

CHECKLIST: What mayors should do 48 hours before a typhoon makes landfall

Jan 08, 2017 - 12:27 AM

(UPDATED) These are the minimum critical activities that LGUs under Charlie or Red alert should be doing in affected areas

Cardinal Tagle to parishes: Prepare to help LGUs hit by Nina

Dec 26, 2016 - 1:00 AM

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle makes this appeal to parishes in the Archdiocese of Manila which covers 5 cities in the National Capital Region

BEFORE LANDFALL. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle leads the Christmas Eve Mass at the Manila Cathedral on December 24, 2016, a day before Typhoon Nina (Nock-ten) made landfall in Catanduanes. Photo by Maria Tan

Kaya Natin, MSD search for LGUs with best public health programs

Dec 15, 2016 - 4:59 PM

Interested LGUs are asked to submit a portfolio describing the rationale and impact of the health programs in their respective communities

Cities highest-earning LGUs in 2015

Nov 02, 2016 - 9:19 PM

Quezon City and Makati were the top earners overall while Bulacan and Negros Occidental reported the highest revenues among provinces according to COA s 2015 Annual Financial Report on Local Government Units

#KarenPH: LGUs evacuate residents in areas prone to floods, landslides

Oct 16, 2016 - 12:30 AM

Typhoon Karen prompts the evacuation of around 16 000 people in affected regions

FLOODING IN CATANDUANES. Flashfloods are reported in San Andres town in the island province of Catanduanes as Typhoon Karen hammered across the Bicol region Saturday, October 15. Photo by Gerard Solsona

FAST FACTS: The Local Government Code turns 25

Oct 10, 2016 - 5:46 PM

October 10 2016 marks 25 years since the Local Government Code – the bible of local governance – was enacted in the Philippines It is undergoing a comprehensive review

#NotOnMyWatch caravan goes to Cebu

Oct 05, 2016 - 8:06 PM

How can we use technology to fight corruption? Find out by joining the NotOnMyWatch caravan in Cebu City on October 14 to 15

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LGUs to honor Filipinos who reach 100 years old

Sep 26, 2016 - 4:25 PM

Filipino centenarians will receive a cash grant among others from their local government unit

IMPLEMENTATION. Social welfare secretary Judy Taguiwalo signs the implementing rules and regulation of the Filipino Centenarians Act of 2013 in Malacañang on Monday, September 26. Photo from DSWD

Water sanitation 'crucial' for new resettlement areas

Sep 11, 2016 - 1:45 PM

An aid group working on post Yolanda rehabilitation project says clean water sanitation is usually overlooked in disaster hit areas

CLEAN WATER. Residents in the island-village of Taloto-an enjoy clean water from the solar filtration system built by Iloilo CODE and Christian Aid. Photo by David Lozada/ Rappler

Local governments urged to prioritize programs for PWDs

Jul 17, 2016 - 3:15 PM

July 17 marks the start of the 38th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week

PRIOTIZE. July 17 marks the start of the 38th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week. File photos from Rappler, EPA, and Office of the Vice President

Half of national taxes to go to LGUs in Pimentel bill

Jul 17, 2016 - 12:46 AM

Senator Koko Pimentel s Bigger Pie Bigger Slice bill seeks to hike to 50 the LGU share in national internal revenue taxes

MORE TAX PROCEEDS TO LGUS. Senator Aquilino 'Koko' Pimentel III has filed a bill to increase the share of local government units in national taxes. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Sex education in PH schools still lacking – UNFPA

Jul 09, 2016 - 9:50 AM

According to the latest report on the implementation of the RH law the education department has not yet developed the minimum standards of comprehensive sexuality education that schools should comply with

DepEd reiterates guidelines for class suspensions during typhoons

Jul 08, 2016 - 8:24 PM

In the absence of storm signals local government units have discretionary powers