Stories from January 2016
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House OKs Malolos' lone district bill
31 January 2016
The House of Representatives has approved House Bill 6338, making the City of Malolos a lone legislative district. The Malolos lone district bill was approved January 25, two days after the commemoration of the 117th Anniversary of the Philippine First Republic and was already approved for transmittal to the Senate.
Taguig tops CSC anti-red tape survey
29 January 2016
Taguig City has topped a recent survey by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) that was conducted to determine compliance with anti-red tape measures.
Free Wi-Fi in public goes nationwide
29 January 2016
First and second class municipalities had been included by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in the roll out of its free Wi-Fi Internet Access in Public Places project to better reach the class three to six municipalities which were the original target beneficiaries of the project.
P126M for Southern Leyte's drainage, flood control projects
26 January 2016
The national government has released P126.6 million for the construction of flood control structures and drainage canals in Southern Leyte, prioritizing those areas previously hit by typhoons and vulnerable to future natural calamities.
ARMM to issue new wage order for private workers getting P250 a day
20 January 2016
The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Boards (RTWPB) in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is set to issue a new wage order adjusting wages of workers in the private sector.
Abra launches 'One Good Vote'
19 January 2016
A group of church officials, military and police personnel in the province of Abra convened to map out “One Good Vote” campaign project as a continuing effort to conduct peaceful, honest and credible May 2016 elections.
Aquino signs law for Sangguniang Kabataan reforms
19 January 2016
President Benigno Aquino III has signed into law Republic Act (RA) 10742 or the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Reform Act. RA 10742 seeks to implement various reforms in the barangay youth arm, which has long been criticized for being inefficient and corrupt. Various groups have called for the SK's abolition.
Zamboanga spends P600M for security
17 January 2016
Close to P600 million have been spent by the local government of Zamboanga in support to peace and order from 2013 to 2015 and much of the funding went to the local police force, health and education.
LGUs benefiting from revenue improvements
13 January 2016
Improved revenue collections have allowed the government to increase allocations for local government units (LGUs), the Budget department said.
This year, 43,593 LGUs were given internal revenue allocations (IRA) amounting to a total of P428.62 billion, 10 percent higher compared to 2015. Reckoned from 2010, the amount is over 60 percent higher, the department said in a statement on Wednesday.
52% of PHL cities lag in locally sourced revenues
11 January 2016
Some 52 percent or 75 Philippine cities are lagging when it comes to their own-source revenues in 2014, data from the Department of Finance (DOF) released on Wednesday showed.
Out of the 144 cities in the country, 75 have an annual regular income below the national average of 30-percent as a ratio of locally sourced revenues to annual regular income.
Govt to spend P6.5 billion for road rehab in chosen 73 provinces in 2016 - DBM
04 January 2016
The government has appropriated P6.5 billion in the 2016 General Appropriations Act (GAA) for the rehabilitation and upgrading of provincial roads in 73 provinces, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM). The allocation of funds is performance-based with the recipient provinces chosen on compliance with good governance standards.
Local officials face administrative charges
03 January 2016
Criminal and administrative charges are being prepared against more than 50 officials from different local government units (LGUs) in the country for failure to implement the 13-year old Republic Act 9003 or Ecological Solid Waste Management (ESWM) Act of 2001.
Increasing uncertainties in passage of Bangsamoro law: indie monitor
03 January 2016
The Third Party Monitoring Team (TPMT), the independent body that tracks the implementation of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), recently expressed the "ongoing, indeed increasing, uncertainties regarding the possible outcome of the legislative process" concerning the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).
Ormoc creates local blood supply system for residents
02 January 2016
City Health Officer Nelita Navales welcomes the creation of a Local Blood Council (LBC) as this will help lower maternal deaths that have been sharply increasing for the past six years here.