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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

Duterte task force behind red-tagging is part of COVID-19 'strategic communications'

Jul 07, 2020 - 11:27 AM

Task force spokesman Major General Antonio Parlade Jr says their job is to counter 'communist propaganda' supposedly exploiting government lapses in dealing with the pandemic

ANTI-COMMUNISM TASK FORCE. NTF-ELCAC was created by President Rodrigo Duterte through Executive Order No 70  ANTI-COMMUNISM TASK FORCE. NTF-ELCAC was created by President Rodrigo Duterte through Executive Order No 70

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

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

Gov't suspends bringing back stranded individuals to Western, Eastern Visayas

Jun 28, 2020 - 3:15 PM

The suspension will last for two weeks, says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

STRANDED. More than a dozen locally stranded individuals (LSI) bound for Samar, Cotabato, Zamboanga and Davao troop in front of a convenience store along Villamor airbase road in Pasay City on June 23, 2020, to wait for available flights that will take them home to their respective provinces. Photo by KD Madrilejos/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

Negros Occidental halts entry of stranded residents from Cebu

Jun 25, 2020 - 7:49 PM

Most of the latest virus infections are persons who came from Cebu province

DILG files complaint vs Olongapo mayor for breaking lockdown rules

Jun 24, 2020 - 12:42 PM

Olongapo Mayor Rolen Paulino Jr allegedly organized a mass gathering to distribute social amelioration cards and allowed motorcycle backriding in his city

OLONGAPO CHIEF. Olongapo Mayor Rolen Paulino Jr addresses a crowd in his city on March 2, 2020. Photo from the Olongapo City Public Information Center Facebook Page

450 stranded travelers to leave for Cebu, Iloilo on board PH Navy ship

Jun 21, 2020 - 7:45 PM

Philippine Navy officials say the humanitarian mission involves the 'biggest number of locally-stranded individuals transported in a single voyage by a Navy vessel so far'

Photo from Philippine Navy

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

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

Over 1,600 stranded individuals in Cordillera sent home – DILG

Jun 13, 2020 - 3:42 PM

OWWA Cordillera also reports that it assisted 710 OFWs in the region from May 1 to June 9

Returnees comprise highest single-day rise in Eastern Visayas COVID-19 cases

Jun 10, 2020 - 11:05 PM

Region VIII confirms 19 new cases in a day on Tuesday, June 9, bringing to 72 the total cases in the region

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

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

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

UPLB alliance calls on school officials to protect students from red-tagging

May 25, 2020 - 1:59 PM

(UPDATED) UPLB Chancellor Fernando Sanchez Jr defends the students who participated in a demonstration in campus and were implicated in military propaganda against progressive organizations

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

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

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

Duterte's final gambit to end insurgency: task force vs communists

May 14, 2020 - 6:51 PM

If the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict sees the ABS-CBN shutdown as a counterinsurgency issue, that's because the task force is meant to sniff out 'rebel influence' from anywhere

NTF-ELCAC. The NTF-ELCAC logo. Background photo of NPA rebels by Bobby Lagsa/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

‘Let this be our final warning’: UP CMC slams red-tagging students during pandemic

May 13, 2020 - 9:02 PM

‘An attack on our students is an attack on our college,’ the UP College of Mass Communication reminds the NTF-ELCAC

NTF-ELCAC 'black propaganda' vs Maria Ressa, ABS-CBN sparks outrage

May 11, 2020 - 12:05 PM

(UPDATED) Following public backlash, the PCOO takes down the posts and says it's taking measures to 'uphold accountability' over the incident

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

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

LGU certification required for groups conducting coronavirus relief ops

Apr 25, 2020 - 2:08 PM

Groups unable to show this certification will be stopped at checkpoints, says DILG Spokesman Jonathan Malaya

Barangay volunteers prepare relief goods to be distributed to residents of Paranaque City on March 20, 2020, during the enhanced community quarantine period. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

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

LGUs can no longer declare lockdowns on their own

Apr 24, 2020 - 4:42 PM

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año says defiant local governments will not receive their allocated cash aid subsidies for poor families

LOCKDOWN. An interagency effort composed of the PNP, Philippine Marines and Army restrict unnecessary travelers to pass through the Coastal Road toll gate at the boundaries of Paranaque and Las Pinas cities from Cavite. Photo by Ben Nabong/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

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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

[OPINION] Acting local against COVID-19

Apr 09, 2020 - 11:00 AM

With a government that is not exceptionally wise, just, and benevolent, one nationally mandated decision can cause damage to all

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