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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
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 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.
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.
Mandaue City has 717 active coronavirus cases, 319 recoveries, and 25 deaths
'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.'
Authorities are ordered to avoid unnecessary force towards children who violate quarantine rules and ensure their immediate return to their parents or guardians
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
'Here, dear Brutus, is where the fault lies – the quality of politicians we elect to office'
'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.'
Iloilo City’s successful coronavirus response was not devised in a day. Neither can it be credited to only one person.
Rappler features local governments that have been ahead in responding to the coronavirus pandemic
‘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
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
The Government Accountability Office says economic impact payments totaling $1.4 billion were sent to dead people in the United States
The Philippines currently has around 52,000 contact tracers in its fight against the coronavirus. Ideally, it should have 135,000.
'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'
Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque says the document shows there is an 'overwhelming majority' of local government chiefs who support the controversial measure
'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 stands at 1,328,000,000,000,000 yen or around $12.2 trillion as of end-2019
Cash aid for every Facebook user? No such thing, says the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
(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
Former Presidential Commission on Good Government chairman Camilo Sabio will be brought to the Sandiganbayan on Monday, June 8
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
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
DILG files criminal complaints to some 155 barangay officials over alleged cash aid distribution irregularities
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
Passes are still needed when traveling between provinces and regions
Experts urge better coordination among reporting agencies at the national and local levels as accurate data builds public trust and aids in decision-making
The belt-tightening comes on the back of already reduced donations following revelations of sexual abuse by some staff in Haiti in 2010
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
'Nalalapit na ang paghuhukom para sa mga tiwaling opisyales ng mga barangay,' says Interior Secretary Eduardo Año
Voicing your exasperation over the government and its officials – even in impolite language – is constitutionally protected
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
The Duterte government gives a quota of at least 100,000 signatures per region
Barangay officials are accused of falsifying the list of beneficiaries and getting a cut or 'tara' from the emergency subsidy program
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
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
The DILG says 4 of the mayors are in Metro Manila
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
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'
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
'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
A ruling against the pact could leave the country facing a fourth poll
While former senator Jinggoy Estrada wanted to help, relief operations should be done according to the law, says Interior Secretary Eduardo Año
Without RIATF concurrence, the LGU declaration is invalid. 'National IATF may supercede anytime should circumstances call for it,' Año says
DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya says regional task forces may instead extend the enhanced community quarantine in smaller areas such as towns and barangays
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
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