Gov’t signals slowdown on devolution, LGUs to take over health, welfare first

THE National Government said the functions it will immediately devolve to local government units (LGUs) are local infrastructure projects, basic healthcare, social welfare, and agricultural extension. The so-called “small-ticket” items to be shed by the National Government point to a prioritization of activities to be handed over to LGUs rather than a full-scale devolution by […]

Senator asks Labor dep’t to partner with LGUs to penalize firms violating 13th month pay law

A SENATOR has asked the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) to partner with local governments to be able to penalize companies that fail to release the mandatory 13th month pay of workers. Under Senator Raffy T. Tulfo’s proposal, local government units (LGUs) will get authority to withhold the annual business permit renewal of a […]

Consolacion to assess real estate properties

THE joint inspection team of the local government of Consolacion will conduct reassessment of its real estate properties.The local government announced through its social media post that its joint inspection team, composed of the Mayor’s Office, Municipal Assessor’s Office and Municipal Engineering’s Office, will conduct reassessment after Governor Gwendolyn Garcia ordered all municipal assessors in […]

Senator asks peers to review contradictions in gov’t enforcement of Corporate Recovery law

A RESOLUTION that seeks to review the government’s enforcement of a law that extends fiscal relief to local and foreign corporations in the Philippines has been filed at the Senate. Senator Ana Theresia N. Hontiveros-Baraquel in Senate Resolution 219 called on her peers to convene as an oversight committee to review the rules that enforce […]

House bill filed mandating gov’t to buy local farmers’ produce for relief, feeding programs 

A BILL has been filed in the House of Representatives mandating the government to purchase produce from local farmers for calamity relief operations and school feeding programs.  House Bill 3382 seeks to ensure that national agencies and local governments prioritize available local supply when sourcing food requirements for social services.    “It is only fitting to […]

DoF urges private partners, LGUs to back P1-T water security plan

THE government’s water security plans for 2030 are expected to require investment of P1 trillion, too large for the Treasury to undertake by itself, Finance Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno said, inviting the participation of the private sector as well as local governments and overseas funders. “Last year, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) introduced […]

Fire bureau questioned on fees 

THE BUREAU of Fire Protection (BFP) has failed to release local governments’ share in fire inspection fees worth P300 million as mandated by law, a lawmaker said on Monday.  Party-list Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy asked bureau officials to submit a breakdown of the fees to the committee on appropriations.  The Fire Code of the Philippines mandates […]

Storm Florita leaves trail of floods, landslides, crop damage

By Kyle Aristophere T. Atienza, Reporter TROPICAL storm Florita, with international name Ma-On, exited the Philippine area Wednesday morning, leaving more than 2,000 families affected and a trail of flooding, landslides and damaged crops in northern parts of the country. In a Wednesday midday news briefing, Social Welfare Undersecretary Marco M. Bautista said the typhoon […]

Gov’t told to talk to local gov’ts on cash aid after weekend chaos

By Kyle Aristophere T. Atienza, Reporter THE PHILIPPINE government should coordinate with local authorities after chaos marred its aid payout to poor students, experts said at the weekend, amid spiraling oil and food prices. The government has not learned from its experiences during the coronavirus pandemic, Maria Ela L. Atienza, a political science professor at […]