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DILG on one-week lockdown after exec gets coronavirus

Jul 06, 2020 - 4:36 PM

DILG employees work from home until July 12

LOCKDOWN. The DILG-Napolcom building in Quezon City. Photo from DILG Facebook page

DILG issues guidelines on handling children who violate quarantine rules

Jul 06, 2020 - 1:39 PM

Authorities are ordered to avoid unnecessary force towards children who violate quarantine rules and ensure their immediate return to their parents or guardians

Save the Children Philippines staff have distributed hygiene kits and child friendly information materials to deprived families in Navotas, Caloocan and Malabon to ensure children and their families know how to protect themselves from the spread of COVID-19

Mass shortage: Philippines still lacks 83,000 contact tracers

Jun 18, 2020 - 2:15 PM

The Philippines currently has around 52,000 contact tracers in its fight against the coronavirus. Ideally, it should have 135,000.

FRONTLINERS. Medical workers take a moment to perform a solidarity clap for their fellow front-liners outside the doors of Santa Ana Hospital in Manila on April 9, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

DILG to require bike lanes, warns of charges if not followed

Jun 09, 2020 - 5:55 PM

(UPDATED) The DILG is set to require local government units to prioritize cyclists and pedestrians as the fight against the coronavirus impedes the availability of public transportation options

BIKE LANES. In time for the World Bicycle Day, San Juan Mayor City Mayor Francis Zamora along with biking enthusiast launched bike lanes along Pinaglabanan Road on June 3, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Año says families of some erring barangay officials got cash aid

Jun 05, 2020 - 11:56 AM

DILG files criminal complaints to some 155 barangay officials over alleged cash aid distribution irregularities

CASH AID. DILG files cases against erring barangay officials over cash aid anomalies. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

House panel chair to DILG: 'Cha-Cha can wait'

May 21, 2020 - 2:26 PM

Cagayan de Oro City 2nd District Representative Rufus Rodriguez says lawmakers would rather focus on measures 'that will save lives and the livelihood of our people' during the pandemic

RUFUS RODRIGUEZ. Cagayan de Oro City 2nd District Representative Rufus Rodriguez chairs the House committee on constitutional amendments. Rappler screenshot

19 more barangay officials face criminal cases over cash aid distribution

May 21, 2020 - 2:07 PM

'Nalalapit na ang paghuhukom para sa mga tiwaling opisyales ng mga barangay,' says Interior Secretary Eduardo Año

CASH ASSISTANCE. Emergency Cash Assistance returned General Trias Cavite. Photo by Dennis Abrina

Duterte federalism campaign goes online during pandemic

May 18, 2020 - 4:19 PM

The Duterte government gives a quota of at least 100,000 signatures per region

PLEDGE. The statement of support signatories commit to in signing for the Duterte government's constitutional reform campaign. Rappler screenshot

23 barangay officials face criminal charges over cash aid distribution

May 18, 2020 - 9:05 AM

Barangay officials are accused of falsifying the list of beneficiaries and getting a cut or 'tara' from the emergency subsidy program

CASH AID. Residents of Barangay Labas in Sta. Rosa, Laguna receive their financial assistance under the government's Emergency Subsidy Program during the last day of payout on May 7, 2020. Photo by Mary Grace dela Cerna/Rappler

43 mayors face show cause orders over cash aid distribution

May 14, 2020 - 6:18 PM

The DILG says 4 of the mayors are in Metro Manila

CASH AID. Residents of Barangay Labas in Sta. Rosa, Laguna receive their financial assistance under the government's Emergency Subsidy Program during the last day of payout on May 7, 2020. Photo by Mary Grace dela Cerna/Rappler

Año: Jinggoy Estrada violated lockdown rules

May 04, 2020 - 1:10 PM

While former senator Jinggoy Estrada wanted to help, relief operations should be done according to the law, says Interior Secretary Eduardo Año

FOLLOW RULES. DILG Secretary Eduardo Año at a press conferen on Monday, February 17, 2020. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Año: LGUs may declare ECQs in towns, barangays with reg'l task force approval

May 04, 2020 - 9:36 AM

Without RIATF concurrence, the LGU declaration is invalid. 'National IATF may supercede anytime should circumstances call for it,' Año says

DILG CHIEF. Interior Secretary Eduardo Año says local government units may impose strict lockdowns on towns and barangays with the approval of the regional task force on coronavirus. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Gov't task force rejects ECQ requests of several provinces

May 03, 2020 - 5:18 PM

DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya says regional task forces may instead extend the enhanced community quarantine in smaller areas such as towns and barangays

GENERAL COMMUNITY QUARANTINE. La Union Governor Francisco Emmanuel Ortega III declares general community quarantine in the province in Ilocos region. Photo from La Union Facebook page

DILG orders LGUs to set up local coronavirus task force

Apr 26, 2020 - 3:40 PM

The local task forces should adopt the 4-step general protocols against COVID-19: contact tracing, isolation, testing, and reintegration or referral

Is Baguio covered in Benguet’s extended lockdown? DILG says yes

Apr 25, 2020 - 9:02 AM

Residents are initially confused, thinking Baguio's administrative independence from the province also applies in a quarantine situation

CITY OF PINES ON LOCKDOWN. Baguio City police regulate the entry of people at the Baguio City Market as part of its physical distancing policy. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

At least 29 Metro Manila barangays failing to implement lockdown rules

Apr 22, 2020 - 10:41 PM

The chairmen of the 29 barangays are facing show cause orders issued by the Department of the Interior and Local Government

LOCKDOWN. Quezon City Police operatives install a barricade in Barangay Pasong Tamo, Quezon City on March 24, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DILG to LGUs: No more window hours in markets, groceries, pharmacies

Apr 19, 2020 - 5:15 PM

Local officials' move to set window hours for buying food and medicine led to further congestion, says the Department of the Interior and Local Government

MARKET RUN. A long queue of consumers is seen outside of a Puregold Supermarket branch in Quezon City on March 27, 2020. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

3 governors, 2 mayors face show cause orders for violating lockdown rules

Apr 15, 2020 - 10:51 AM

The Department of the Interior and Local Government does not identify the local officials who allegedly violated the national government's 'prescribed directives' during the lockdown

LOCKDOWN. A checkpoint at the boundary of Bulacan and Valenzuela City on April 7, 2020, after President Rody Duterte has extends the Luzon lockdown until April 30. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

SC, DOJ, DILG urged: Issue joint order not to arrest light offenders

Apr 02, 2020 - 2:51 PM

'Otherwise we will have a situation where the more we lock people up, we're creating newer problems that we don't really need actually,' says former SC spokesperson Ted Te

VIOLATION. QCPD Police Personnel apprehend violators of the curfew along Timog Avenue, Quezon City. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Vico Sotto can't be prosecuted for violating Bayanihan law – DILG

Apr 02, 2020 - 1:42 PM

'It’s a useless political distraction,' says DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya of the NBI summons against the Pasig mayor

SUPPORT. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto leads the distribution of the first batch of Pamaskong Handog goody bags to residents on November 28, 2019. Photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año tests positive for coronavirus

Mar 31, 2020 - 8:11 PM

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año says he has not shown any symptoms of the coronavirus disease or COVID-19

POSITIVE. DILG Secretary Eduardo Ano during the Rappler Talk Interview at the PNP GHQ In Quezon City. September 18, 2019. Photo by Gerard Carreon/Rappler

DILG to barangays: Voter's ID not required to seek help

Mar 25, 2020 - 1:40 PM

'Panahon po ngayon ng magandang pamamahala, hindi po panahon ng politika,' says DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya

HELP FOR ALL. In this photo, the Navotas City gives out relief packs for its residents. Photo from Navotas City local government Facebook page.

‘Wag na lang mag-quarantine,’ DILG says if tricycles are exempted from ban

Mar 19, 2020 - 5:43 PM

Interior Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya says if they allow Pasig City to exempt tricycles, then other local governments will seek for exemptions too

BANNED. Policemen stops motorists entering Pasig City at a checkpoint along Eastbank Floodway bordering Cainta, Rizal at the start of the community quarantine on March 15, 2020. Photo by Joser Dumbrique/Rappler

DILG to LGUs: Realign your budgets to feed more during Luzon lockdown

Mar 19, 2020 - 1:06 PM

The DILG says local governments can set realign items in their budgets that are not urgent like 'beautification projects'

NEED FOR FOOD. Consumers are seen buying goods more than their daily need at a Market in Quezon City on March 13, 2020, after President Duterte announced on March 12 a community quarantine. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'Safer inside': DILG rejects release of low-level offenders amid coronavirus

Mar 18, 2020 - 5:51 PM

The call is to temporarily release detainees – meaning, people who have not been convicted yet – and those who are entitled to bail but just couldn't afford it

CORONAVIRUS. Officers from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) conduct an awareness seminar regarding COVID-19 to detainees in Manila City Jail on March 12, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Workers exempted from Metro Manila lockdown – Año

Mar 12, 2020 - 11:41 PM

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año says workers from outside Metro Manila will be allowed to enter and leave as long as they present their company IDs and proof of their work in the capital region

LOCKDOWN. The Metro Manila skyline. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Barangay assemblies nationwide canceled due to coronavirus scare

Mar 11, 2020 - 2:25 PM

'While the holding of the barangay assembly day is important, we need to think of the greater good and ensure the general welfare of our people,' says Interior Secretary Eduardo Año

CITIZEN PARTICIPATION. A barangay assembly held in 2014 inside UP Diliman. Photo by Raisa Serafica/Rappler

How can commuters evade virus? Use masks, hand sanitizers – Año

Mar 10, 2020 - 12:45 PM

'We really need preventive measures,' says Interior Secretary Eduardo Año

CROWDED. Metro Manila train commuters take a plunge in a stream of humanity every day. File photo by Mick Basa

Metro Manila students barred from public spaces over coronavirus threat

Mar 10, 2020 - 9:57 AM

(UPDATED) 'We have no choice but to undertake these measures because public health demands it,' says Interior Secretary Eduardo Año

LAST MINUTE. Some Filipinos do things last minute, like shopping for Christmas gifts or Noche Buena. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

P50k at stake in DILG Cordillera's peace-building poster-making contest

Mar 05, 2020 - 11:55 AM

PRESS RELEASE: Regional winners will receive certificates and cash prizes – P10k for the first prize, P6k for the second prize, and P4k for the third prize

DILG orders LGUs to craft plans for the 'Big One' in 90 days

Feb 26, 2020 - 6:52 PM

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año says local officials that fail to do so may face administrative, even criminal cases

Manila fails DILG's good financial housekeeping standards

Feb 19, 2020 - 3:48 PM

(UPDATED) Only 10.8% of assessed local government units nationwide fail to meet the Good Financial Housekeeping criteria as of January 31, 2020

NON-PASSER. Manila is the only local government unit in the National Capital Region to be excluded from the list of Good Financial Housekeeping passers. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

'Safe' to join public gatherings amid COVID-19 threat, says PH gov't

Feb 18, 2020 - 5:50 PM

Several Cabinet officials including Health Secretary Francisco Duque III tell the public that they can join gatherings with large crowds for as long as they observe DOH-recommended precautionary measures against COVID-19

FACE MASKS VS COVID-19. People wearing face mask look for books during the opening ceremony of 'Big Bad Wolf' book sale in Pasay City on February 13, 2020. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

DILG targets barangays in new 75-day road clearing campaign

Feb 17, 2020 - 7:34 PM

Mayors and barangay captains must focus on local roads next

ONE MORE ROUND. DILG Secretary Eduardo Año at a press conference on the continued implementation of the road clearing campaign. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'Pinuyat pero 'di jinowa'? On Valentine's Day, DILG staff show state of love via dress code

Feb 14, 2020 - 1:47 PM

A memo released on the eve of Valentine's Day instructs staff to let colors do the talking

DILG: Proposed regional dev't authority 'not a political unit'

Feb 04, 2020 - 2:08 PM

But Deputy Speaker Johnny Pimentel says the proposal would 'complicate' the process of implementing projects in the regions

CHARTER CHANGE. Inter-agency Task Force on Federalism and Constitutional Reform chair Jonathan Malaya discusses before lawmaker their proposed changes to the Constitution on February 4, 2020. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

DILG urges LGUs to form coronavirus task force

Jan 31, 2020 - 12:11 PM

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año says the local task forces 'will implement DOH protocols and guidelines and extend full cooperation to the DOH and other government agencies to meet the world health emergency'

PREVENTIVE MEASURE. A 'No mask, no entry' sign can be seen at the entrance of San Lazaro Hospital in Manila on January 30, 2020, the day the Philippines confirmed its first case novel coronavirus. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

DILG forbids entry in 14-kilometer Taal danger zone

Jan 23, 2020 - 2:38 PM

The DILG directs mayors in high-risk areas to strictly implement a total lockdown

GHOST TOWN. A general view shows vehicles covered in ash by the eruption of the Taal volcano, near Agoncillo, Batangas, on January 20, 2020. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Lawmakers to recall Cha-Cha resolution they approved in secret

Jan 21, 2020 - 1:08 PM

The House committee on constitutional amendments also plans to reopen public hearings after the executive branch submitted a new list of proposed changes to the charter

CHA-CHA TALKS. House committee on constitutional amendments chair Rufus Rodriguez says he would reopen their public hearings on charter change this month. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

PH soon to have single online portal for prisoner, criminal data

Jan 10, 2020 - 6:21 PM

But agencies are yet to digitize their data that will be uploaded to the newly-launched National Justice Information System (NJIS)

PRISONERS. Convicted prisoners at the Maximum Security Compound of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa on October 29, 2019. Photos by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Camiguin mayors protest DILG charges over road clearing

Jan 07, 2020 - 7:36 AM

Mayor Joseph Uayan of Sagay and Mayor Helenio Abecia of Guinsiliban say they have nothing to clear really, – their towns are among the smallest in the country, and their roads are narrow

TOO SMALL FOR OBSTRUCTION. The town of Sagay is a 5th-class municipality with a population of about 12,000 in Camiguin. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

10 mayors face charges for failing to comply with road clearing directive

Jan 05, 2020 - 11:30 AM

The DILG files administrative cases against the first 10 out of the 97 mayors who did not follow President Rodrigo Duterte's road clearing order

TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT. Motorists experience moderate to heavy traffic in Osmena Blvd Cebu City on a Rush Hour Monday, November 25, 2019. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

QC getting 1,500 CCTV cameras under 'Safe Philippines'

Dec 30, 2019 - 4:17 PM

Despite claims of the project's potential security risks, the DILG collaborates with another city to provide its China-backed surveillance system

SURVEILLANCE. More CCTV cameras will be installed along major roads and areas in Quezon City. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Moreno camp to DILG: Why blame Isko for Erap’s anti-drug faults?

Dec 17, 2019 - 10:40 PM

The DILG issues a show cause order to Mayor Isko Moreno's administration for the poor performance of Manila's anti-drug abuse council during the time of his predecessor

NOT TO BLAME. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno's chief of staff Cesar Chavez hits Interior Undersecretary Ricojudge Echiverri for holding Moreno accountable for the poor anti-drug council performance during the term of Joseph 'Erap' Estrada. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Manila faces show cause order for poor anti-drug council performance

Dec 16, 2019 - 9:03 PM

(UPDATED) The city of Manila fails to reach a good mark in organizing, financing, and operationalizing its anti-drug abuse council

NOT ACCOUNTABLE? Interior Undersecretary Ricojudge Echiverri says Manila mayor Isko Moreno is not entirely to blame for the low functionality of the city's anti-drug abuse council. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Cebu Pacific to deliver donations for Typhoon Tisoy victims for free

Dec 06, 2019 - 7:10 PM

Donors will have to get an endorsement from the Department of the Interior and Local Government for Cebu Pacific to accommodate their cargo

RELIEF GOODS NEEDED. Residents affected by Typhoon Tisoy are in urgent need of food items and shelter repair materials, among others. File photo from Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Año supports end of Mindanao martial law

Dec 05, 2019 - 3:48 PM

'Normalcy has returned to the entire region,' says Interior Secretary Eduardo Año, backing Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana's recommendation against another extension of martial law in Mindanao

RECOMMENDATION. DILG Secretary Eduardo Ano during the Rappler Talk Interview at the PNP NHQ In Quezon City. September 18, 2019. Photo by Gerard Carreon/Rappler

DILG urges mayors to suspend classes for SEA Games 2019

Nov 29, 2019 - 9:39 AM

In anticipation of heavy traffic, class suspensions are recommended for schools in Metro Manila, Central Luzon, and Southern Luzon

SUSPEND CLASSES. DILG Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said that a memorandum circular has been issued urging mayors to suspend classes in areas with SEA Games 2019 venues. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Robredo did not get anything confidential from us – DILG

Nov 27, 2019 - 2:45 PM

Department of the Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya says Robredo did not gain any information regarding drug lords and drug syndicates

NEED TO KNOW. While the Department of the Interior and Local Government was open to giving Vice President Leni Robredo information on the anti-drug campaign, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año allowed it on a need-to-know basis. Photo by Jay Ganzon/OVP

Año says China-funded Safe Philippines project will be 'all-Filipino'

Nov 22, 2019 - 8:25 PM

The national government will handle all the data gathered by the surveillance system project, says Interior Secretary Eduardo Año

ALL FILIPINO? Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said that after providing the equipment, Chinese contractors will not be handling the Safe Philippines project. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler