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DOH: No conflict between Local Government Code, Universal Health Care

Oct 11, 2019 - 8:36 AM

Even with the integration of health facilities into provincial and city-wide networks, the country's healthcare system remains devolved

File photo of a rural health unit. Shutterstock.com

Duque wants review of Local Government Code to renationalize healthcare

Oct 09, 2019 - 5:12 PM

'If health is not a priority and there are other priorities like infrastructure, health programs can be compromised,' says Health Secretary Francisco Duque III of the country's current system of devolved healthcare

RENATIONALIZED HEALTHCARE? Health Secretary Francisco Duque III wants a review of the health provision in the Local Government Code of 1991. Photo by Janella Paris/Rappler

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] A grand swindle

Jul 21, 2018 - 11:00 AM

The road to federalism thus littered with all-too-familiar malignant obstructions, why take that road at all? Why, indeed, when a far less risky and costly alternative is available, an alternative built into an existing law that already devolves power to the local governments?

2018 barangay, SK election winners to serve for only 2 years

May 16, 2018 - 8:00 AM

One election lawyer argues it's the risk that candidates took, while another says it violates the equal protection clause of the Constitution

VOTE COUNT. Teachers and poll clerks start tallying the ballots for the 2018 barangay and SK elections at the Araullo High School in Manila on May 14, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Pera’t kapangyarihan: 5 bagay na ipinagkakatiwala natin sa mga halal sa barangay

May 14, 2018 - 6:00 AM

Bago natin ihalal ang tambay na kapitbahay o ang bagitong ambisyoso sa Mayo 14, alamin muna kung gaano kalaking kapangyarihan at pondo ang ipagkakatiwala natin sa kanila

PAGHAHANDA. Nililinis ng mga tauhan ng treasurer’s office ng Quezon City Hall ang lumang ballot boxes na gagamitin sa barangay at Sangguniang Kabataan elections sa Lunes, Mayo 14, 2018, Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: All systems go for barangay, SK elections 2018

May 12, 2018 - 11:20 PM

Monday's elections will be the first in 5 years for the barangays and in 8 years for the Sangguniang Kabataan

Last day of campaign for the May 14 Barangay and SK elections in Sampaloc Manila on May 12, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Funds and power: 5 things we entrust the barangay officials we elect

May 10, 2018 - 3:02 PM

Before we elect the neighborhood 'tambay' or the ambitious political startup on May 14, know how much funds and powers we're entrusting them with

PREPARATIONS. Personnel of the treasurer’s office of Quezon City Hall clean old ballot boxes that will be used for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections on Monday, May 14, 2018, Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[OPINION] Suspending elections involves shameless power grab

Mar 27, 2018 - 11:00 AM

The statement of President Duterte that he will step down in 2022 even if a federal constitution is passed is as good as his campaign promise to ride a jet ski to the Spratlys

[OPINION] Notes of caution on Duterte’s preferred constitutional overhaul

Mar 26, 2018 - 11:00 AM

No democratic country with an existing unitary-presidential setup has been crazy enough to make these constitutional overhauls at the same time

Subpoena powers should remain with judiciary, says PNP law author Pimentel

Mar 13, 2018 - 9:01 PM

Republic Act 10973, Pimentel says, reduces the power of the judiciary and puts Filipinos' right to security at risk

NO ABUSE? PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa earlier vowed that they will use their 'conscience' in issuing subpoenas. PNP PIO file photo

[OPINION] Major concerns in establishing a federal system

Feb 20, 2018 - 8:35 AM

Filipinos themselves must be reoriented, having been used to an over-centralized governance structure for so long

Duterte has 15 days to accept or reject son Paolo’s resignation

Dec 28, 2017 - 7:59 PM

Paolo Duterte sends his resignation letter to Malacañang via courier

Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and President Duterte's son-in-law Atty. Mans Carpio attend the Senate hearing on the P6.4B BOC shabu smuggling on September 7, 2017. Photo by Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte appoints Renato Osmeña Jr as Cebu City councilor

Dec 04, 2017 - 3:54 PM

Junjun Osmeña replaces Nendell Hanz Abella, who has been appointed National Labor Relations Commission commissioner in August

NEW COUNCILOR. Renato 'Junjun' Osmeña Jr is the new councilor of Cebu City after he was appointed to fill in the vacancy left by Nendell Hanz Abella. Photo from Osmeña's Facebook page

Duterte appoints 3 provincial board members

Nov 30, 2017 - 8:00 AM

The President fills in vacancies in the provincial boards of Kalinga, Bukidnon, and Surigao del Norte

[OPINION] Federalism in motion: a runaway train?

Oct 17, 2017 - 10:00 AM

The logic of the PDP proposal seems to suggest an 'intended consequence' – a political system which will be easier for the Duterte regime to control

What you need to know about speed limits in the Philippines

Sep 29, 2017 - 5:47 PM

While the Land Transportation and Traffic Code has mandated uniform speed limits throughout the country, some LGUs have enacted their own speed limits based on road and traffic conditions in their areas

Barbers defends 'realistic' plan to appoint barangay officials

Apr 03, 2017 - 3:45 PM

The lawmaker says appointing 300 000 barangay officials is nothing compared to the number of drug suspects and crimes that would rise if narco politicians remain in power

'REALISTIC' MOVE? Surigao del Norte 2nd District Representative Robert Ace Barbers defends his bill giving the President the power to appoint barangay OICs. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Barangays use social media, incentives to get residents to join assemblies

Mar 27, 2017 - 9:48 PM

Acting on orders from the DILG village leaders in thousands of assemblies held nationwide pushed for the shift to a federal system of government

PARTICIPATORY DEMOCRACY. Allan Monreal, member of the Barangay Assembly of Barangay Atop-Atop, Bantayan Island, Cebu, talks about his livelihood rehabilitation project. Photo credit: Allan Monreal

Barbers files bill postponing barangay elections for 3 years

Mar 27, 2017 - 9:29 PM

Surigao del Norte 2nd District Representative Robert Ace Barbers measure would also allow President Rodrigo Duterte to appoint officers in charge once the barangay polls are postponed

POSTPONING THE POLLS. Surigao del Norte 2nd District Representative Robert Ace Barbers files a measure seeking to postpone the October 2017 barangay elections. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

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Mar 27, 2017 - 9:24 PM

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Senators to block law allowing Duterte to delay polls, appoint OICs

Mar 27, 2017 - 4:41 PM

Senators from both the majority and minority blocs oppose the President s idea saying it is unconstitutional and undemocratic

Voters wait in line at the local Comelec office of Manila as the first day of official registration for the coming Sangguniang Kabataan elections start on Friday, July 15, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Alvarez confident Local Gov't Code can be amended for barangay OICs

Mar 27, 2017 - 2:10 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says the bill can be passed into law before October if President Rodrigo Duterte certifies the measure as urgent

DILG mobilizes 42,000 barangays for federalism campaign

Mar 24, 2017 - 7:10 PM

The Department of the Interior and Local Government will use the mandatory barangay assemblies – which fall on March 25 and October 8 this year – to gather support for the government s federalism agenda

FAST FACTS: The Local Government Code turns 25

Oct 10, 2016 - 5:46 PM

October 10 2016 marks 25 years since the Local Government Code – the bible of local governance – was enacted in the Philippines It is undergoing a comprehensive review

Half of national taxes to go to LGUs in Pimentel bill

Jul 17, 2016 - 12:46 AM

Senator Koko Pimentel s Bigger Pie Bigger Slice bill seeks to hike to 50 the LGU share in national internal revenue taxes

MORE TAX PROCEEDS TO LGUS. Senator Aquilino 'Koko' Pimentel III has filed a bill to increase the share of local government units in national taxes. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Can federalism solve PH's education funding woes?

Jul 03, 2016 - 11:38 AM

In a federal system states can keep 80 of their revenues and remit 20 to the national government in comparison to the status quo where LGUs keep only 40

NEW GOVERNMENT. Former Senator Aquilino Pimentel believes a new system of government will solve the country's education woes. Photo by Justine Balane/ Rappler

How can citizens take charge of #OpenRoads?

Apr 07, 2016 - 7:54 PM

To help improve the quality of roads in the country citizens should take charge

#AnimatED: Ano’ng silbi ng boto mo?

Mar 28, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Hindi laro ang pagpapatakbo ng isang probinsiya siyudad o bayan Kung mataas ang pamantayan natin para sa mga pambansang kandidato lalo tayong dapat maging mapili sa kampanyang lokal

What’s in the new Sangguniang Kabataan?

Jan 31, 2016 - 5:18 PM

2016 will mark the first SK elections after a 3 year hiatus

#BrgyAssembly: All governance is local

Oct 10, 2015 - 9:39 PM

Stop the errant complaining and get involved. Sustain the community conversation. Let's start partnering on solutions

General Trias cityhood plebiscite set for December 12

Oct 05, 2015 - 8:13 PM

The Comelec has allotted P13 67 million for the plebiscite where more than 50 000 voters are eligible to participate

Aquino approves cityhood of General Trias in Cavite

Aug 27, 2015 - 5:36 PM

If residents favor the city hood in a plebiscite General Trias will be Cavite s 7th city and the country s 145th

Batangas gov't cannot tax Shell refinery – Supreme Court

Aug 12, 2015 - 11:00 PM

The ruling of the High Court s 3rd division means local government units do not have the power to impose business taxes on entities that manufacture and distribute petroleum products

Comelec rejects recall petition vs Bulacan governor

Apr 23, 2015 - 5:29 PM

More than half of signatures in the bid for recall elections against Bulacan Governor Wilhelmino Sy Alvarado are invalid says the elections commission

STAYING AS GOVERNOR. The Commission on Elections rejects a petition to hold recall elections against Bulacan Governor Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado. Photo courtesy of bulacan.gov.ph

#BrgyAssembly: Nation-building begins in your community

Mar 28, 2015 - 11:37 AM

Be a part of your barangay assembly today to find out where all your hard earned tax money is going

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

Should opting out be an option in the BBL?

Mar 21, 2015 - 10:38 AM

The perceived strategic advantage of lodging the expanded powers exclusively with a regional bureaucracy needs to be challenged

Duterte 're-enters' PDP-Laban amid 2016 prospects

Feb 21, 2015 - 8:03 PM

They want me to run as president I don t even have a First Lady Give me a First Lady before anything else Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte says

LGUs to play big role in ASEAN integration

Feb 15, 2015 - 4:30 PM

But local officials claim they would be needing more beyond simply being briefed about the economic integration

Push for Bangsamoro Basic Law later, not now

Feb 13, 2015 - 1:09 PM

To push for it now is not right People are still emotional after the incident says a professor of the Institute of Bangsamoro Studies

Review of Local Government Code urged anew

Oct 11, 2014 - 8:07 PM

Vice President Jejomar Binay joins calls to revisit the 23 year old law

LOOKING AT CODE. The Local Government Code of the Philippines gets a review and possible amendments

Join your #BrgyAssembly on Oct 12

Oct 09, 2014 - 8:51 PM

The Barangay Assembly provides an opportunity for residents to express their stand on issues as basic as garbage disposal faulty street lights and clogged canals

Nueva Ecija to vote on Cabanatuan status November 8

Oct 07, 2014 - 8:50 PM

All registered voters in Nueva Ecija will vote whether to upgrade the status of Cabanatuan from a component city into a highly urbanized city

You want FOI? Start with your barangay

Oct 07, 2014 - 4:23 PM

The next Synchronized Barangay Assembly will be on October 12 Residents at least 15 years old can introduce and deliberate local law and policy

CITIZEN DEMOCRACY. Residents of Glarus Landsgemeinde vote on matters of importance in direct elections. Photo from Wikimedia Commons/Ludovic Péron

Why the Sangguniang Kabataan needs an overhaul

Sep 27, 2014 - 5:12 PM

Ideally the Sangguniang Kabataan is the venue for young Filipinos to be trained as leaders but along the way there seems to be a multitude of issues surrounding the institution

Provinces to DOF: We’re not living off national gov’t dole outs

Jun 23, 2014 - 4:21 PM

The League of Provinces of the Philippines responds to the DOF tax watch ad saying that Internal Revenue Allotments are constitutionally due them

OUR SHARE. League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP) President and Oriental Mindoro Gov. Alfonso V. Umali, Jr. said that provinces are not depending on the national government allocation that is due them. Photo from the LPP website

BIR slams provinces living off gov’t allocation

Jun 18, 2014 - 3:24 PM

Bulk of the regular income of 7 out of 10 provinces in the country still come from the national government

MAY REVENUES. BIR has continued to miss its collection target this year. File photo from AFP

Filipino youth: Safeguard your ‘patrimoney’!

May 12, 2014 - 1:45 PM

With no SK elections this year the youth need to know how money meant for them will be spent by barangays all over the country

Taking civic initiative: Where every citizen is a lawmaker

Apr 10, 2014 - 4:25 PM

As residents of a barangay you can turn your ideas into reality This can be done through the mechanism known as Local Initiative

#BrgyAssembly: We could've done so much better

Apr 01, 2014 - 11:00 PM

Not many citizens realize the power to implement change at the community level is already in their hands

Join your #BrgyAssembly on March 25

Mar 27, 2014 - 7:00 PM

Attend the Barangay Assembly on Saturday March 5 and prove to the government that you are the boss