IP leaders sign manifesto of support for extension of Bangsamoro transition period
Manila Bulletin, July 30, 2021
Indigenous Peoples groups in BARMM declared their support on the pending bills on extending the Bangsamoro transition period until 2025.
‘Whole-of- nation’ programs change ex-Reds’ lives for better: OPAV
Philippine News Agency, July 28, 2021
The local government units (LGUs) in Central Visayas partnered with the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NFT-ELCAC) and the national government to formulate and undertake initiatives in eliminating local-based insurgencies affecting communities within the area.
Dumaguete City gov't holds community-level public consultations on 'smart city' reclamation project
Business World, July 27, 2021
The local government unit (LGU) of Dumaguete City proposed a progressive, "Smart City" reclamation project, on July 27, 2021, whereby the project was assessed by 30 barangay chairpersons, Mayor Felipe Antonio B. Remollo, and the Sangguniang Kabataan.
The project aimed to exacerbate economic growth within the city, despite numerous oppositions from fisherfolks, environmental organizations and the constituents of Silliman University.
BJMP inaugurates new jail facility in Mandaluyong
Philippine Star, July 27, 2021
With the presence of Mandaluyong Mayor Menchie Abalos and other city government officials, the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology held the inaugural blessing of its new detention facility in Mandaluyong City. The new city jail is a P515-million facility with nine storeys and 24 detention cells which is then seen to tremendously reduce congestion rate of prisons from 722% to -835%.
1 ton of garbage collected in coastal cleanup in Tagum City
Manila Bulletin, July 27, 2021
To aid in saving the environment and preserve the beauty and marine resources within the area of Tagum city, the Coast Guard District of Southeastern Mindanao (CGDSEM) along with their partners collected a total of 1,000 kilograms of garbage in the coastal area in Tagum City. The coastal clean up is to further uphold a safer and cleaner marine environment. Additionally, aside from the clean up, 800 mangroves were planted by the CGDSEM. With that, the initiatives and measurements made by the Local government and organizations in preserving the marine resources of Tagum City, will surely help in saving the environment.
Isko breaks ground for new Manila Science High School
Philippine Star, July 27, 2021
The construction of the new Manila Science High School along Taft Avenue officially started with the groundbreaking ceremony that was led by Manila Mayor Isko Moreno. According to Mayor Isko, building this new school is among the city's ways of increasing its economy.
Marikina River's dredging helped in preventing flood: official
ABS-CBN, July 25, 2021
The dredging of Marikina River which was started by the government early this February helped in preventing the backflow of water to the communities. According to the city's Disaster Risk Reduction and Management official, there had been no recorded flooded areas and this is due to the effect of dredging and engineering works in the city's drainage networks.
170 permanent shelters awarded to IDPs in Marawi City
Manila Bulletin, July 24, 2021
170 families of internally displaced persons (IDPs) were awarded permanent shelters in two resettlement sites in Marawi City. The projects made by the Local Government and Task Force of Bangon Marawi was with the help of other foundations and organizations who also wanted to take part in extending help to the community. Consequently, they will be constructing more than 2,500 permanent housing units that are for the IDPs living along danger zones in the city that the second mosque is to be reconstructed inside Marawi’s “ground zero”.
Tugade opens 54.7-km Davao bike lane
Philippine Star, July, 22, 2021
Funded under the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act or Republic Act 1149, a 54.744 kilometer bike lane network is now already open for the cyclists in Davao City.
All QC business establishments required to use KyusiPass
Manila Bulletin, July, 20, 2021
Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte approved an ordinance to fully implement ‘KyusiPass,’ a contact tracing application, within all business establishments. The ordinance was created in order to improve QC’s contact tracing efforts.
Establishments are given six months to fully transition and failure to do so will be met by penalties from the local government.
DILG still keen on imposing granular lockdowns amid threat on Delta variant
Philippine Daily Inquirer, July 20, 2021
To address the tug-of-war between health and economy amid the threat of the highly contagious COVID-19 Delta variant, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) is keen on imposing granular lockdowns instead of provincial or city-wide lockdowns.
Taguig gives P15k worth of scholarship to graduating Grade 12 students
Philippine Daily Inquirer, July 19, 2021
The City Government of Taguig will provide P15,000 worth of scholarship vouchers to its graduating Grade 12 students and cash incentives to top students of the city’s public schools. In a statement, the LGU said that the scholarship vouchers can be used for graduating students’ chosen colleges or universities.
Ilocos Norte health workers help to build field hospital
Philippine Daily Inquirer, July 15, 2021
Health workers from Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center have converted local basketball courts and driveways into field hospitals as it is starting to be overwhelmed by the rising number of Covid-19 patients.
Despite opposition, Dumaguete councilors grant authority requests for reclamation
Rappler, July 14, 2021
The Dumaguete City Council granted Mayor Felipe Remollo the authority to sign an amended joint venture agreement with the developer of the P23-billion “Smart City” island reclamation project. Furthermore, the city councilors passed a resolution of “no objection” to the said project.
Pasig automates HR system via ‘Facebook-like’ website, app for gov’t workers
ABS-CBN, July 14, 2021
Pasig launched its Government Employee Management System (GEMS), an IT system which will allow city government workers to "access and file their daily time records, application for promotion and leaves", and even their pay slips. Performance evaluations of the employees will be available in this system as well along with job portal for external and internal hiring. This project was initiated so that the employees can focus on "giving personalized service" to Pasig, lessen clerical work, and to promote transparency.
Navotas distributes cash allowance to PWD scholars
The Philippine Star, July 13, 2021
The local government of Navotas unit has officially started the distribution of cash allowance to the 375 beneficiaries of the PWD Students Educational Assistance/Scholarship. They were given P2,500 for the months of January to May which then equates to P500 monthly educational assistance.
LOOK: Lapu-Lapu City unveils Plaza Rizal's new look
Rappler, July 11, 2021
“In a post from the city’s public information office, the city’s Tourism, Cultural and Historical Affairs Commission (TCHAC) chairperson Cindi King-Chan said that this new plaza is the epitome of a world-class facility, an educational and cultural portal for everyone” (Sitchon, 2021).
'A big injustice': Maranao leaders protest Marawi stadium, convention center projects
Rappler, July 9, 2021
“Maranao civil society leaders have raised howls of protest over the government's plan to build a stadium and a convention center in Marawi as part of rehabilitation efforts for the city destroyed by bombardment in 2017” (Gomez, 2021).
Fisherfolk groups in Surigao Sur town get P1.9-M gov't projects
Philippine News Agency, July 7, 2021
The LGU of Catillan, Surigao del Sur, in partnership with the Kasama Kita Association (KKA), the Ayoke Conservation Enterprise (ACE), the Sitio Cabiton-onan Fisherfolk Association (SCAFA) under the Civil Society Development Office (CSDO) of Cantilan and, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) provided Php 998,000 worth of fishing equipment to the KKA, Php 500,000 to ACE and SCAFA, respectively for the purpose of increased revenue traction through technological development in the fisheries sector.
DENR starts dredging Cagayan River for flood prevention, port’s rehabilitation
ABS-CBN News, July 3, 2021
To prevent flooding, rehabilitate ports, and improve river flow in the Cagayan River, DENR started its dredging project. This was also done to minimize the likelihood of flooding in the provinces of Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Isabela, and Cagayan. Apart from disaster prevention, this project aims to boost the country’s economy.
BARMM prepares to take full control of Turtle Islands
Rappler, July 1, 2021
The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) will now take full responsibility in protecting and conserving the Turtle Island Wildlife Sanctuary as mandated in Republic Act No. 11054 or the Bangsamoro Organic Law.
Maguindanao village gets access to clean water
Philippine Star, July 1, 2021
There is now an abundance of safe drinking water in the upland Barangay Looy in South Upi, Maguindanao, as a result of the water system project embarked by the International Labour Organization (ILO), The People of Japan (TPJ), a non-government entity, and the Ministry of Labor and Employment-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region.
Mati building fishport, dairy plant to diversify agricultural base
Business World Online, June 28, 2021
The capital of Davao Oriental, Mati, celebrated its fourteenth year of city livelihood projects and heralded the local government units for continuing to aid agriventures in the production of fisheries and dairy, and enhance capacity-building efforts within the LGU to preserve, protect and develop the Pujada Bay for long-term resource maximization.
Debate on Cotabato City's turnover for BARMM supervision lingers
Manila Bulletin, January 15, 2020
The 2019 plebiscite for the BARMM officially included Cotabato City in the autonomous government's territory. However, whether it should be under the official supervision of the BARMM or not remains a question.
Seven mayors unite to help Taal volcano victims
Inquirer.Net, January 15, 2020
Seven mayors from different parts of the country came together to aid one of their colleagues in taking care of evacuees housed in Alfonso, Cavite headed by Mayor Randy Salamat. The seven mayors, including Salamat, became friends during their training in CLRG. Alumni of CLRG become part of the Community of Practice which the center espouses.
Cooperatives officer in every LGU endorsed
Manila Bulletin, January 13, 2020
If the bill becomes a law, having a cooperative officer in the different tiers of local government, except the barangay, will be mandatory.
Gatchalian thinks equipping LGUs is key to a successful disaster response program
Manila Bulletin, January 13, 2020
Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, a former city mayor, is in favor of equipping LGUs to be better responders during calamities. He does not support a separate disaster department IF it slows down LGUs as frontliners.
League of Municipalities signs deal with DITO on dedicated fiber network
Manila Bulletin, January 13, 2020
The dedicated fiber network is expected to benefit all municipalities in the delivery of fast and upgraded services to constituents via a secure network.
Lanao Del Sur town to become 1st Mindanao LGU to avail of solar-powered water project
Manila Bulletin, January 13, 2020
If the project proceeds and succeeds, not only Taraka will be the first Mindanao LGU to avail of it, but will also benefit remote villages through potable water and irrigation systems.
5,000 families in Pagadian to benefit from housing program
Philippine Daily Inquirer, January 11, 2020
Providing decent housing is one of the social services that is expected from local governments. In this case, the LGU partners with a government-owned and controlled corporation (GOCC) to realize its mandate.
Makati to deliver more tech-driven projects
The Philippine Star, January 10, 2020
After topping the 2019 Digital Governance Awards, Makati City is set to introduce new projects that will utilize digital technology in the education, health and social services sectors.
No ID, No Entry policy stays in Zambo
Philippine Daily Inquirer, January 10, 2020
Zamboanga City Peace and Order Council (POC) decided to retain the 'No ID, No Entry' policy in the city despite the lifting of martial law in Mindanao. As a local special body, the POC is headed by the mayor of the city.
Baguio eyeing massive construction projects to decongest city
GMA News Online, January 7, 2020
The city's mayor reported that projects such as construction of integrated transport terminals, road widening, sidewalks, and green building parking buildings are underway to decongest and improve mobility within the city.
Bill proposing a Cordillera Autonomous Region filed anew
Manila Bulletin, December 11, 2019
Two past attempts toward a Cordillera Autonomous Region passed the Congress in 1990 and 1998, but plebiscites for both were unsuccessful.
Compostela Valley is now Davao de Oro
Manila Bulletin, December 9, 2019
After the plebiscite held on December 8, 97% of the voters from Compostela Valley signified their agreement to change the name of the province to Davao de Oro.
Kidapawan City gov't stands firm on relocation of families
Philippine Daily Inquirer, November 29, 2019
The local government of Kidapawan has stood firm in its decision not to allow residents of several upland villages in the city to go back to their landslide-prone communities.
Six winning LGUs in Digital Governance Awards 2019 get China trip
Philippine News Agency, November 29, 2019
The six winning local government units in the Digital Governance Awards (DGA) 2019 were awarded an all-expenses-paid trip to Huawei’s headquarters in China for an international learning program on digital governance.
Makati tops 2019 Digital Governance Awards
Manila Bulletin, November 28, 2019
The award recognized the city’s efforts to implement Information and Communications Technology (ICT) solutions in the education sector and public engagement through electronic facilities and channels towards providing improved, timely, and relevant delivery of public service.
BARMM issues fatwa on reproductive health
Philippine Daily Inquirer, November 28, 2019
An advisory council of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) has issued a fatwa, a Islamic ruling, on how to implement government’s reproductive health program.
ASEAN clean city award goes to PH's Iloilo City
Philippine Daily Inquirer, November 28, 2019
The Clean Tourist City Standard (CTCS) provides Asean member countries “benchmarks to aim for and ultimately lead to greater tourist satisfaction, greater number of visitors and better conditions for the local population”
House gives final OK to real property valuation bill
GMA News Online, November 25, 2019
If the bill becomes a law, LGUs will be able to maximize revenue collections from real property taxes and promote genuine local autonomy, according to a member of the House of Representatives.
Lapid bill to require senior citizen reps in local legislative councils
GMA News Online, November 25, 2019
The bill seeks to mandate the representation of senior citizens in the Sanggunian from the barangay up to the provincial level.
Manila gov't earns P144M from tax amnesty program
Philippine Daily Inquirer, October 22, 2019
The city government of Manila sees the amnesty program as a win-win solution both for the government and its citizens. The amnesty program allows citizens who have not previously paid their tax obligations to be exempted from paying penalties, interests and surcharges.
Comelec: Bangsamoro Organic Law 'deemed ratified'
Rappler, January 25, 2019
The Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will now be replaced by the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) after more than 1.5 million people voted in favor of the Bangsamoro Organic Law.
Local gov’t career worker is DILG’s new undersecretary
Rappler, January 16, 2019
The only woman Undersecretary at the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Marivel Sacendoncillo has decades of experience in the field of local governance.
Virtual applause roars for Marikina City evacuation work, modular tents
Inquirer.Net, 13 August 2018
Marikina's modular tents which house evacuees due to massive flooding gained attention and praises from netizens.
Dumaguete named Best Place to Retire in the PHL for 2018
GMA News, 08 August 2018
The Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA) has named Dumaguete City as the best place to retire in the Philippines for 2018.
MILF faces tremendous challenge on governance, says UP Prof
ABS-CBN News, 06 August 2018
The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) faces a tremendous challenge in showing its capability to run a government, a professor on Islamic Studies said Monday.
Taytay creek is water rehab model for Southeast Asia
Rappler, 02 August 2018
After the rehabilitation of the Maningning Creek in Taytay, Rizal, it now serves as a model for the rehabilitation of waterways, a model to be replicated to save other creeks and rivers in other ASEAN countries.
Naga to equip PUV drivers with first aid skills
Rappler, 01 August 2018
A new ordinance in this city in the Bicol region will train drivers of jeepneys, trimobiles, padyak, and e-trikes to become first aid responders during road crashes.
Towns to vote on inclusion of their barangays in Bangsamoro
MindaNews, 30 July 2018
Barangays outside of the core territory of the Bangsamoro that are proposed for inclusion in the Bangsamoro in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) will become part of the new political entity if the municipalities to which they now belong will vote in favor of the law creating such region, an official explained on Monday.
Moro people urged to register to ensure ratification of Bangsamoro law
MindaNews, 29 July 2018
Moro people of voting age should register with the Commission on Elections to boost the chances of ratification of the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao during the plebiscite, Engr. Aida Soliwan of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s social welfare committee said.
Palace to spend up to P90M for federalism information campaign
GMA News Online, 26 July 2018
Malacañang has formed an inter-agency task force that would conduct a nationwide information dissemination campaign about President Rodrigo Duterte’s push for a federal form of government.
Duterte signs Bangsamoro Organic Law
The Philippine Star, 26 July 2017
President Rodrigo Duterte has signed the Bangsamoro Organic Law, Malacañang confirmed Thursday. The president first announced the signing of BOL during the 69th anniversary of Ipil, a town in Zamboanga Sibugay, at about 5:13 p.m. Thursday.
Año: LGUs support localized peace talks
Inquirer.Net, 19 July 2018
Various local government units have expressed their support for the holding of localized peace talks, according to Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año.
De Lima proposes system for LGUs to aid PWDs
Manila Bulletin, 18 July 2018
Senator De Lima urged local officials to train enough emergency service providers who can assist family members of the PWD community in times of man-made or natural disasters.
Bicam OKs final Bangsamoro bill for Duterte signature
Rappler, 18 July 2018
The bicameral conference committee finalized on Wednesday, July 18, the bill that would establish and grant greater autonomy to a new Bangsamoro region.
Creation of federal gov't estimated to cost P55B -Manasan
Manila Bulletin, 17 July 2018
The creation of a federal government is estimated to cost P55 billion and would mean more taxes from Filipino citizens, Dr. Rosario Manasan of the Philippine Institute of Development Studies (PIDS) told the Senate constitutional amendments and revision of codes said Tuesday.
Supreme Court: LGU shares shall be sourced from all national taxes
Rappler, 04 July 2018
The Supreme Court (SC) announced on Wednesday, July 4, its ruling that the “just share” of local government units shall be sourced from “all national taxes and not only national internal revenue taxes.”
PH still far from becoming PWD-inclusive -- UP study
Rappler, 25 June 2018
Only 60 percent of local government units have a Persons with Disability Office (PDAO), according to a study by the UP Center for Local and Regional Governance (UP CLRG) on persons with disability (PWD) inclusion in the Philippines.
DILG: More than 300,000 SK officials finish mandatory training
MSN, 25 May 2018
In an effort to prepare and capacitate newly-elected youth leaders, around 335,600 Sangguniang Kabataan officials have completed their nationwide mandatory training nearly two weeks after the 2018 barangay and SK elections, the Department of the Interior and Local Government said Friday.