Stories from April 2014
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Funds for Maguindanao livelihood projects released
The Manila Times, 15 April 2014
Upi town in Maguindanao is now ready to implement priority projects and programs following the release of funds amounting to more than PhP 25 million. One of the town's priorities is the construction of potable water supply systems. Check other projects for implementation in Upi through reading from the full story's link.
DBM allots P20B for LGU projects
Business Mirror, 13 April 2014
More local governments will enjoy more funds from the Department of Budget Management (DBM) following the department's decision to expand the coverage of Grassroots Participatory Budgeting for 2014. These funds will be used for basic services delivery, employment and local economic development. Learn more from the full story.
Davao wants utility cables underground
Business World, 13 April 2014
Davao City is starting to get rid of messy cable wires through an ordinance that will require telecommunications companies to install their cables underground. The move cites reasons such as aesthetics, security and efficient telecommunications. Read more details by visiting the link of this story.
Completion of draft Bangsamoro Law lauded
The Philippine Star, 12 April 2014
The League of Mayors in Maguindanao province are delighted with the completion of the draft Bangsamoro Law through the efforts of the
Bangsamoro Transition Commission. The draft law will be handed over to Malacañang which will submit the same to the Congress. Full details and more information on this news is written in the full article.
Palace exec cites LGUs’ vital role in investment generation
Business Mirror, 11 April 2014
The role of local governments in attracting investments has been emphasized in a speech delivered by Secretary of the Cabinet Jose Rene Almendras. He said that LGUs' role is crucial in increasing local and foreign direct investments in the country. Read the full article and see how local governments can move towards this direction.
New BPO company relocates in Laoag City
Business Mirror, 11 April 2014
This is a positive development for Laoag City and the province of Ilocos Norte as it will create employment in this northern region. While the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has the hand on this, the city government of Laoag and provincial government of Ilocos Norte are also key players in this process. Learn more by reading this story.
Finance dep’t puts up online LGU scorecard
Business World, 10 April 2014
Department of Finance's Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) recently launched a website which allows citizens to check their respective local government's financial performance.The website named Iskor ng Bayan is a mechanism the promotes transparency and accountability in local governance. The full story offers more details about this issue.
Iloilo villages urged to put up CCTV
The Manila Times, 10 April 2014
A local lawmaker in Iloilo City is encouraging local leaders to put up CCTV in their respective barangays as a mechanism to maintain peace and order and prevent crimes in the city. Although not mandated in the city's CCTV ordinance, village leaders are in full support of the proposal. Go beyond this news clip and read more details from the story.
DA doles out P1-billion funds for ARMM projects
Business Mirror, 10 April 2014
Local government units in the ARMM are among the beneficiaries of the Bottoms Up Budgeting (BUB) of the Department of Agricultural. Through this approach, 104 LGUs from the region are ready to implement more than 300 livelihood and infrastructure projects. Read more and get details from this story.
JICA donates maternity waiting home to women in Leyte town
Business Mirror, 06 April 2014
Maternal health services in a town in Leyte are now more accessible for would-be mothers from far-flung barangays through a maternity waiting home provided by JICA. The maternity waiting home is "meant to provide a safe waiting place to help avoid unsafe long-distance travel for pregnant mothers during labor or after deliver." See a clearer picture of this story through this article.
Davao Sur cited for tax take
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 04 April 2014
The Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) of the Department of Finance cited Davao del Sur as the top Southern Mindanao province in terms of real property tax collections. Read this news and learn how the province realized this achievement.
Ifugao Gov sees regional autonomy as an opportunity for faster growth and development
Philippine Information Agency, 02 April 2014
During the municipal consultation and information, edcuation campaign in Banaue, Ifugao last March 25, Governor Habawel shared his idea that an autonomous region in the Cordillera will give the opportunity for Ifugao to hasten its socio-economic devemlopment and progress. To know the preparations of the province to ensure its competitive position, read this article.
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