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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

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

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 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

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

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

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

In Del Carmen, Surigao del Norte, barangays are rewarded for being healthy

May 03, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Mayor Alfredo Coro II has introduced a system where barangays earn monetary rewards according to how they meet health indicators every year

IMPROVED HEALTH NUMBERS. The number of infant deaths in Del Carmen, Surigao del Norte, has dropped significantly, and the communities are able to detect major communicable diseases even before they became uncontrollable. Photo by Kaya Natin! Movement

Organic farming helps lessen health risks in Cervantes, Ilocos Sur

Apr 21, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Benjamin Maggay, former mayor of Cervantes, notices that whenever their farmers use chemicals, they develop lung problems two to three days after

DEMO. Local authorities demonstrate how organic farming methods are done. Photo by Kaya Natin! Movement

Barangays ordered: Do inventory of finances, equipment ahead of polls

Feb 10, 2018 - 6:35 PM

DILG officer-in-charge Eduardo Año issues the order in preparation for the May 14 barangay elections

INVENTORY REQUIRED. The DILG orders barangays to list all its finances and equipment ahead of the delayed elections.

Ombudsman orders dismissal of Batangas town mayor

Nov 18, 2017 - 7:30 AM

Mayor Cristeta Reyes is found guilty of grave misconduct after the local government purchased a land owned by her children

RECONSIDERATION. Malvar, Batangas, Mayor Cristeta Reyes, tells the Ombudsman she did not benefit from the municipal government's purchase her children's property. Photo from Malvar's website

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

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, September 27, 2017

Sep 27, 2017 - 12:30 PM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte speaks with Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on the sidelines of the 120th founding anniversary of the Department of Justice (DOJ) at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City on September 26, 2017. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Fire incidents down by half in Duterte's first year – BFP

Aug 05, 2017 - 2:22 PM

From almost 27 000 fires in the first half of 2016 the BFP recorded only over 13 000 in the same period in 2017

FIGHTING FIRE. Quezon City firefighters battle flames that engulf a shanty. BFP file photo

What happens to local government units during martial law?

May 24, 2017 - 7:18 PM

Local chief executives would have to surrender powers over their units to the national government but to what extent?

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

COA calls out San Fernando on overaged traffic enforcers

Aug 11, 2016 - 4:32 PM

These traffic enforcers are beyond the compulsory retirement age but the capital city of Pampanga makes them work along the streets 12 hours a day and 7 days in a week with no day off

Caloocan’s Echiverri faces another case over P10-M illegal projects

Jul 04, 2016 - 7:16 PM

Just last week Ombudsman Morales also found probable cause to charge Echiverri with graft over an alleged anomalous P2 97 million drainage project

ANOTHER CASE. The Omudsman charges former Caloocan City Mayor Enrico Echiverri of graft over P10 million worth of allegedly illegal projects. Photo from Enrico Echiverri's Facebook page.

Cebu gov't supports Duterte's planned curfew for minors

May 23, 2016 - 11:39 PM

UPDATED A resolution supporting the reimposition of the death penalty however is deferred

 UNANIMOUS. Provincial  board members Julian Daan (left) and Sun Shimura lead their colleagues in passing the resolution that will take effect on June 30, when the new set of elected officials start their term. Photo by Richale Cabauatan

Roxas gets shoutout at turnover of new police jeeps, fire trucks

Apr 04, 2016 - 10:44 PM

While the former DILG chief campaigns in Caraga region he gets several mentions during the turnover of new fire trucks and patrol jeeps in Quezon City

LP COLOR. Yellow-tinted water jets through new firetrucks at the Quezon Memorial as President Benigno Aquino III and DILG Secretary Mel Sarmiento watch. Malacañang photo

Binay camp hits Roxas for P7B unliquidated DILG fund transfers

Mar 18, 2016 - 12:26 PM

The Roxas camp says the funds are for ongoing projects so the liquidation process is not yet complete It urges Vice President Binay to focus on the allegations against him instead

CAMPAIGN SPOKESMEN. Administration spokesman Barry Gutierrez (left) and UNA spokesman Mon Ilagan. Photo of Gutierrez from his Facebook page

Cagayan gov files complaint vs vice gov, 4 others over delayed budget

Mar 04, 2016 - 4:34 PM

Government salaries and infrastructure projects in Cagayan province are on hold since the provincial board has yet to pass the 2016 budget

LAST TERM. Cagayan Governor Antonio Alvaro III accuses his vice governor – who is running against his daughter for governor in May 2016 – of delaying the passage of the provincial government. Photo from Wikipedia

Biliran mayor indicted for graft over medicine purchase

Dec 05, 2015 - 7:30 AM

Mayor Eulalio Maderazo of the municipality of Caibiran in Biliran and 2 others face charges for purchasing P284 000 worth of medicines without public bidding

Photo from Eulalio Mederazo's Facebook page

Cagayan de Oro mayor gets court order to stay in office

Nov 13, 2015 - 9:31 PM

The Court of Appeals issues a status quo ante order as it deliberates on Mayor Oscar Moreno s motion for reconsideration of the Ombudsman s dismissal order

'No permit, no rally' during APEC – DILG

Nov 08, 2015 - 3:02 PM

The Department of Interior and Local Government releases its guidelines on holding public assemblies during APEC

DILG, NYC ink deal to include youth in local disaster councils

Jul 01, 2015 - 7:32 PM

Will local government units implement the agreement?

FOR THE YOUTH. Interior Secretary Mar Roxas (2nd left) and NYC Commissioner Dingdong Dantes (3rd left) signs the joint memorandum circular telling LGUs to involve young people in their disaster councils. All photos by David Lozada/ Rappler

GenSan mulls closing down public market

May 01, 2015 - 3:30 PM

Mayor Ronnel Rivera is studying a proposal to build a bigger and modern public market in Barangay Labangal some 3 km away from its present site

CLOSING DOWN? The General Santos city government plans to close down its public market to build a 'bigger and more modern' one in Barangay Labangal, some 3 kilometers away from the present site. Photo by Edwin Espejo, Rappler

DILG endorses creation of Negros Island Region to Aquino

Apr 16, 2015 - 5:45 PM

Most local executives in Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental are in favor of merging their two provinces to create a separate region

In Iloilo, barangay officials go after remiss taxpayers

Sep 22, 2014 - 3:22 PM

To double its real property tax collection Iloilo province gives barangay officials this incentive: the higher a barangay s collection the more funds it gets as share

TAX COLLECTORS. The Iloilo provincial government taps village officials to go after delinquent real property taxpayers and double its collection for the year. Photo from iloilo.net.ph

5 steps to disaster-ready, climate-resilient communities

Nov 25, 2013 - 12:09 PM

Here are ways PH communities can better prepare for the next storm and adapt to possibly even more catastrophic climate change impacts

RISING FROM DISASTER. Communities in Eastern Visayas rebuild their homes and their lives after Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) brought the region to its knees. Photo by Jake Verzosa

Ban cuts 20% of plastic industry jobs

Jun 18, 2013 - 2:08 PM

The plastic ban that local governments have imposed in their cities resulted in slashing 20% of the local plastics industry workforce

AFFECTED. The banning of plastic bags in different local government units has already affected 20% of the local plastics industry. Photo by AFP

Jesse Robredo: 'If I were President...'

Aug 27, 2012 - 10:42 AM

'I will drastically change the allocation of government resources to favor local governments. I will make LGU leaders accountable to their constituents in a measurable way'

Rappler file photo

Divers, Sereno visit Robredo's wake

Aug 25, 2012 - 1:12 PM

The divers who helped retrieve the late Jesse Robredo s body attend the second day of his wake in Malacañang