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How to fight the pandemic: Women mayors don’t sugarcoat how deadly the virus is

Jul 11, 2020 - 11:00 AM

In the face of an unseen enemy, communication down to the grassroots is key, according to the mayors of Odiongan, Romblon; Tabaco, Albay; Barugo, Leyte; Oras, Eastern Samar

STRONG WOMEN. Mayors Krisel Lagman-Luistro, Trina Firmalo-Fabic, Vivian Alvarez and Macel Cumpio-Avestruz show how important it is to communicate with the public during a pandemic. Photos from LGU Barugo, Angat Bayi and Vivian Alvarez

Pasig City offers loans to help unemployed residents

Jul 10, 2020 - 7:38 PM

Residents seeking jobs or planning to start small businesses may avail of loans from the city government at no interest if they pay within two years, says Mayor Vico Sotto

PASIG MAYOR. Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto visits one of the city's quarantine facilities, Rizal High School. Photo from Sotto's Facebook page

In Pasig, fighting corruption yields COVID-19 cash aid for the people

Jul 10, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto began his term by cleaning up the local government’s procurement process and auditing its assets. When the coronavirus pandemic hit, the city had money to help every household, and then some.

STATE OF THE CITY. Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto delivers his State of the City Address on July 2, 2020, marking the first year of his term. Photo from Sotto's Facebook page

‘Common sense’ and speed shield Marikina City from the coronavirus

Jul 08, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Marikina, a city of 450,000 residents, has one of the fastest reduction rates in cases. Mayor Marcy Teodoro says the city government simply did what public health experts advised: test, contain, and treat with speed.

A MAYOR'S FORESIGHT. Marikina Mayor Marcy Teodoro stands outside the city's testing laboratory for COVID-19. Photo courtesy of the Marikina City Government

Mandaue City COVID-19 frontliners to get P200 daily hazard pay

Jul 07, 2020 - 10:59 PM

Mandaue City has 717 active coronavirus cases, 319 recoveries, and 25 deaths

MANDAUE CITY Mayor Jonas Cortes signs the ordinance that will give P200 daily hazard pay to all Mandaue City workers who physically report for work during the pandemic. Photo from Mandaue CIty PIO

[OPINION] The myth of the 'pa-seminar' in the Philippines

Jul 07, 2020 - 4:15 PM

'Seminars are great morale boosters but fail to create lasting change. Participants are likely to remember how lackluster the speaker was, how many punchlines he delivered, or how picturesque the venue was, but not the goals of the program.'

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

Virus hands Japan pension fund worst loss since 2008 crisis

Jul 03, 2020 - 10:55 PM

Japan's Government Pension Investment Fund records losses amounting to 8.28 trillion yen ($77 billion) for the fiscal year that ended in March 2020

BUSINESS IN JAPAN. A face mask-clad vendor stands in Tokyo's Tsukiji area on March 13, 2020. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

[OPINION] Harry’s rapture and the pandemic in our political leadership

Jul 02, 2020 - 12:23 PM

'Here, dear Brutus, is where the fault lies – the quality of politicians we elect to office'

[OPINION] Biting the hand that feeds you: Thoughts of a gov't worker under Duterte

Jul 02, 2020 - 10:28 AM

'Duterte is the Lord Voldemort (he-who-must-not-be-named) of our institution. Nobody dares to discuss him, unless it is about something positive.'

How Iloilo City became ‘Wakanda’ of the Philippines

Jul 01, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Iloilo City’s successful coronavirus response was not devised in a day. Neither can it be credited to only one person.

MORE TESTS. Treñas holds a box of newly-procured rapid test kits in his office. Photo from Iloilo City government

People vs Pandemic: How these mayors’ priorities protected their communities

Jun 29, 2020 - 1:00 PM

Rappler features local governments that have been ahead in responding to the coronavirus pandemic

Legazpi City prepares a table for the quarantined

Jun 29, 2020 - 11:00 AM

‘The local government should be felt. ’Pag nag-lockdown ka, ’tapos pinabayaan mo ang mga tao, ’wag ka na,’ says Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal

CITY LIGHTS. Legazpi City during one of Mayon Volcano's recent eruptions. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

In the fight vs COVID-19, these women mayors didn't take chances

Jun 27, 2020 - 2:00 PM

Mayors Trina Firmalo-Fabic of Odiongan, Romblon, and Krisel Lagman-Luistro of Tabaco, Albay, consult their constituents and get creative in their response to the health crisis

U.S. sent coronavirus stimulus checks to 1 million dead people

Jun 26, 2020 - 12:45 AM

The Government Accountability Office says economic impact payments totaling $1.4 billion were sent to dead people in the United States

SLOW RECOVERY. A sign in front of an investment business in Chesterton, Indiana, urges residents to stay at home, May 13, 2020. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

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

[OPINION] The perils of government procurement in the pandemic

Jun 18, 2020 - 12:59 PM

'Without having to go through the process of competitive public bidding, the dangers of corruption, overpricing, and counterfeit goods will just be a door knock away'

Año hands Malacañang list of LGU chiefs supporting anti-terror bill

Jun 17, 2020 - 11:02 AM

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque says the document shows there is an 'overwhelming majority' of local government chiefs who support the controversial measure

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año at a press conference on the Continued implementation of the Presidential Directive to clear Roads of Illegal Obstructions, on Monday, February 17, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[OPINION] Citizen-blaming: The discipline rhetoric is a trick

Jun 11, 2020 - 11:56 AM

'How the Duterte regime has managed to sell this deceitful rhetoric of discipline – this belief that our plight as Filipinos is primarily caused by our disobedience to authority – is worth mulling over'

Japan's debt mountain: How is it sustainable?

Jun 11, 2020 - 10:15 AM

Japan's debt stands at 1,328,000,000,000,000 yen or around $12.2 trillion as of end-2019

(FILES) This file photo taken on May 22, 2020 shows a man wearing a face mask as he walks past the Bank of Japan headquarters in Tokyo. - Already the global leader in accumulating debt, Japan's powerful lower house of parliament approved an emergency budget worth nearly 300 billion USD on June 10, 2020, adding nearly two trillion USD to its mountain 2020 fiscal year with record stimulus packages to cushion the impact of coronavirus. (Photo by Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP)

FALSE: DSWD 'gives P5,500 to every Facebook user'

Jun 10, 2020 - 5:15 PM

Cash aid for every Facebook user? No such thing, says the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

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

NBI arrests ex-PCGG chief Camilo Sabio

Jun 07, 2020 - 7:00 PM

Former Presidential Commission on Good Government chairman Camilo Sabio will be brought to the Sandiganbayan on Monday, June 8

ARRESTED. Former Presidential Commission on Good Government chairperson Camilo Sabio is arrested on June 5, 2020. Photo from National Bureau of Investigation

[EXPLAINER] Can government employees post criticism of the anti-terror bill?

Jun 07, 2020 - 9:04 AM

Even those working in the private sector cannot be terminated, disciplined, or punished for posting something on Facebook or Twitter or showing up at rallies

FEATURED art: ‘Tapal’ (soft pastel and duct tape on black paper, 2000) by Elmer Borlongan. Used with the artist’s permission

Why installing tracking devices on commercial fishing boats is a big help for LGUs

Jun 06, 2020 - 12:42 PM

With some commercial fishing boats taking advantage of the coronavirus as a diversion from policing, making tracking devices on fishing vessels mandatory should help police municipal waters better

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

Libya unity gov't claims full control of Tripoli, suburbs

Jun 04, 2020 - 8:21 PM

The announcement comes after GNA forces retook the capital's civilian airport on Wednesday, June 3, more than a year after losing it in Khalifa Haftar's initial drive on the capital

RESEIZED. Fighters loyal to the UN-recognized Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) cheer after reseizing the capital Tripoli International Airport from rival forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar, on June 3, 2020. Photo by AFP

No need for quarantine pass under GCQ, except in critical areas, buffer zones – DILG

Jun 01, 2020 - 9:34 AM

Passes are still needed when traveling between provinces and regions

PASSES. A man presents his quarantine pass and ID. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Minding the gaps: Why coronavirus counts by DOH, LGUs differ

May 22, 2020 - 3:00 PM

Experts urge better coordination among reporting agencies at the national and local levels as accurate data builds public trust and aids in decision-making

Oxfam to shut offices, axe staff in coronavirus fallout

May 22, 2020 - 10:49 AM

The belt-tightening comes on the back of already reduced donations following revelations of sexual abuse by some staff in Haiti in 2010

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

[ANALYSIS] The right to call the government crazy

May 20, 2020 - 1:32 PM

Voicing your exasperation over the government and its officials – even in impolite language – is constitutionally protected

Libya unity gov't seizes airbase in new blow for rival Haftar

May 19, 2020 - 12:45 AM

The reported capture of Al-Watiya comes after a weeks-long siege by pro-Government of National Accord forces of the base, where Khalifa Haftar had stationed aircraft for bombing runs against his rivals

SEIZED. Vehicles are seen outside a hangar at Al-Watiya airbase, which was seized by forces loyal to Libya's UN-recognized Government of National Accord, southwest of the capital Tripoli, on May 18, 2020. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

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

How local governments observed physical distancing in evacuation centers

May 17, 2020 - 8:41 AM

To help LGUs prepare better as the country gears up for the typhoon season during a pandemic, MovePH collates a number of response practices observed when Ambo hit the country

Israel delays swearing in of unity government

May 14, 2020 - 11:43 PM

Benjamin Netanyahu asks his ally-turned-rival Benny Gantz to postpone the swearing in until Sunday, May 17, so he can finalize cabinet assignments among members of his right-wing Likud party

UNITY. In this file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) greets Benny Gantz, leader of Blue and White party, at a memorial ceremony for late Israeli president Shimon Peres, at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem on September 19, 2019. File photo by Gil Cohen-Magen/AFP

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

Pompeo in Israel for West Bank annexation talks amid new bloodshed

May 13, 2020 - 7:37 PM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also voice fresh condemnation of their common foe Iran, accusing the country of promoting terrorism during the coronavirus pandemic

POMPEO IN ISRAEL. In this file photo taken on October 18, 2019, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) shakes the hand of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo following their meeting in Jerusalem. File photo by Sebastian Scheiner/Pool/AFP

Israel gov't swearing-in delayed a day by Pompeo visit

May 11, 2020 - 11:58 PM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet both Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz for talks on 'regional security issues related to Iran's malign influence'

Israel lawmakers back Netanyahu-Gantz government

May 07, 2020 - 9:41 PM

The two men have said they will swear in their new administration on May 13, with Benjamin Netanyahu remaining leader for 18 months, before handing over to Benny Gantz

UNITY GOVERNMENT. This combination of file pictures created on September 18, 2019, shows Benny Gantz (R) waving to supporters in Tel Aviv early, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressing supporters at his Likud party's electoral campaign headquarters in Tel Aviv early. File photos by Emmanuel Dunand and Menahem Kahana/AFP

ABS-CBN shutdown a 'betrayal of 11,000 workers,' labor groups say

May 05, 2020 - 10:46 PM

'To shut down a major media outfit and render the more than 11,000 workers jobless at a time when the country is reeling from a pandemic is the height of callousness!' says labor group Sentro

OFF AIR. The staff of ABS-CBN watch as President and CEO Carlo Katigbak makes a statement on the broadcast network shutdown by the National Telecommunication Commission on May 5, 2020. Photo courtesy of Alcuin Papa

Israel court hears challenges to coalition deal

May 04, 2020 - 11:53 PM

A ruling against the pact could leave the country facing a fourth poll

HEARING. Judges and personnel of the Israeli Supreme Court, wearing face masks against the coronavirus, attend a session on May 4, 2020 at the Supreme Court in Jerusalem. Photo by Abir Sultan/Pool/AFP

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, DSWD extending deadline for LGUs to complete April cash aid

Apr 30, 2020 - 3:03 PM

DILG chief Eduardo Año says they understand that it is difficult to distribute cash aid while observing physical distancing in areas that are densely populated, like in Metro Manila

National Task Force on Covid-19 chief implementor Carlito Galvez Jr., leads the first distribution of P 8,000 under the government's social amelioration program to residents of Barangay Vitales, Paranaque City on April 3, 2020, part of the 'Bayanihan to Heal as One Act' to provide subsidy to low income families affected by enhanced community quarantine. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Libya's Haftar claims mandate to rule as rivals denounce 'coup' attempt

Apr 28, 2020 - 11:13 PM

Accused by critics of wanting to install a new military dictatorship, Khalifa Haftar announces his self-styled 'army' is 'proud to be mandated with the historic task' of leading Libya

COUP? This image grab taken from a video published by the War Information Division of military strongman Khalifa Haftar's self-proclaimed Libyan National Army (LNA) on April 28, 2020, shows Haftar giving a speech, saying he had 'a popular mandate' to govern the country, declaring a key 2015 political deal over and vowing to press his assault to seize Tripoli. AFP PHOTO/LNA WAR INFORMATION DIVISION