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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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Feb 15, 2017 - 1:17 PM

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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

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

#NotOnMyWatch

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

NDRRMC warns against floods, landslides in #ButchoyPH areas

Jul 07, 2016 - 2:32 AM

Local disaster councils are tasked to be on heightened readiness

Only 1 in 10 LGUs has plan on how to respond to natural disasters

Jul 06, 2016 - 6:02 PM

Climate Change Commission Secretary Emmanuel de Guzman urges local officials to create their own action plan by the end of 2017

VULNERABLE. Rice and corn farmers may go deeper into poverty because of climate change. Photo by Vincent Go/Greenpeace

Calabarzon LGUs trained on social media for disaster communication

Jun 29, 2016 - 11:46 AM

Officials from the provinces of Cavite Laguna Batangas Rizal and Quezon are taught how to integrate social media in their disaster risk reduction and management initiatives through the Agos eBayanihan platform

PREPAREDNESS. Rappler Content and Strategy Head Gemma Mendoza (R) shows information officers how to use social media for disaster response. Photo by Pam Perigrino/ Rappler

K to 12 and beyond: A look back at Aquino's 10-point education agenda

Jun 24, 2016 - 7:10 PM

In 2010 President Benigno Aquino III proposed 10 ways to fix basic education in the country Did he fulfill his campaign promise?

Globe brings Fiber to Binondo SMEs, eyes $2B rollout

Apr 29, 2016 - 12:57 PM

Globe partners with the Manila City government to speed up the process of laying network infrastructure for its high speed projects

How can citizens take charge of #OpenRoads?

Apr 07, 2016 - 7:54 PM

To help improve the quality of roads in the country citizens should take charge

Should disaster training be mandatory for mayors, candidates?

Feb 03, 2016 - 10:09 AM

As decision makers it is important that mayors are knowledgeable about disaster management and the vulnerabilities in their communities

Local governments' IRA share grows by 62% during Aquino's term – Abad

Jan 15, 2016 - 7:45 AM

For 2016 the country s 43 000 local government units have a P428 62 billion share in the internal revenue allotment compared to P265 8 billion in 2010

Christmas reunion: Old man reunites with family via Facebook

Dec 19, 2015 - 8:21 PM

A Facebook user s post about an old man wandering Manila s streets helps reunite the man with his family

Binay wants mega infrastructure projects for every region

Dec 11, 2015 - 6:25 PM

At a forum in the Ateneo UNA s standard bearer promises higher Internal Revenue Allotment shares for LGUs

Vice President Jejomar Binay talks about his plans for local government units in front of a crowd in the Ateneo de Manila University. Photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

Appeal for help for an elderly woman spreads on Facebook

Nov 12, 2015 - 12:50 PM

A Facebook user takes up the cause of helping an old woman return to her home in Cebu

Stranger's kind act sparks search for elderly woman's family

Nov 07, 2015 - 12:54 PM

A concerned netizen uses Facebook to help someone in need

HELP FIND HER FAMILY. Togonan is asking the online community for help in finding Abruga's family. Photo by Ellaine Togonan

Guidelines, restrictions set for General Trias cityhood plebiscite

Oct 20, 2015 - 2:41 PM

General Trias residents who have filed for voter registration up to June 30 2015 will be allowed to vote in the December 12 plebiscite

Palace: Listen to gov’t warning on Typhoon Lando

Oct 17, 2015 - 5:05 PM

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte lauds the disaster preparedness mechanisms different government agencies have so far been activating for the typhoon

RAIN AND FLOOD. Typhoon Lando is expected to cause days-long rainfall and flooding. Photo by EPA

What mayors should do within 48 hours before Typhoon Lando hits land

Oct 17, 2015 - 11:17 AM

Always prepare for the worst even as we hope for the best says NDRRMC executive director Alexander Pama

Over 18,000 posts at stake in 2016 elections

Oct 11, 2015 - 11:28 AM

UPDATED There are more than 18 000 elective positions in the national and local government up for grabs in 2016 as candidates are set to file their certificates of candidacy on Monday October 12

Catch-up measures rev up infra spending in July

Sep 14, 2015 - 3:53 PM

The infrastructure spending and capital outlay for July alone surge to 92 9

UPSURGE. The upsurge in infrastructure and capital outlay disbursements was due mostly to the ongoing implementation of road work projects under the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). In photo are President Benigno S. Aquino III, accompanied by Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Rogelio Singson during the photo exhibit on DPWH infrastructure projects after gracing the 117th anniversary of DPWH in June 2015. Photo by Lauro Montellano, Jr. / Malacañang Photo Bureau

Batangas gov't cannot tax Shell refinery – Supreme Court

Aug 12, 2015 - 11:00 PM

The ruling of the High Court s 3rd division means local government units do not have the power to impose business taxes on entities that manufacture and distribute petroleum products

27 LGUs failed to submit Q2 receipts, expenditures report

Aug 12, 2015 - 9:05 PM

The finance department s tax watch ad shames 19 cities 8 provinces for failure to submit their electronic statements of receipts and expenditures

Aquino signs law creating open high school system in PH

Jul 21, 2015 - 8:17 PM

The law comes as the Department of Education works on its last mile : bringing the schools to where the learners are

OPEN HIGH SCHOOL. Shiela Mae Sumilla, a single mother and a grade 9 students of the Open High School Program of the Aposkahoy National High School. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler