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COA blames patronage politics

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Soldiers unload sacks of rice and other necessities at an evacuation center in Legazpi City, Albay, in anticipation of typhoon Rammasun on July 15, 2014. According to the Commission on Audit, in the DILG’s 2013 preparedness assessment report, “it was evident that coordination between and among LGUs, national government agencies, civil society organizations and the private sector left much to be desired.”  AP

The Commission on Audit (COA) has blamed “patronage politics” for the government’s failure to provide protection and relief from disasters to poor Filipinos in the country’s high-risk zones.

Posted: September 9th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

Bill filed allowing gov’t agencies, LGUs to use savings

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Deputy Majority Leader and Valenzuela City Rep. Magtanggol Gunigundo has scored the BIR for practically abolishing the Bank Secrecy Act through Memorandum Circular 9-2014 issued on Feb. 11, 2014, which requires corporate and individual taxpayers to declare the income earned on their bank deposits and other investments in their tax returns.  congress.gov.ph/

Another bill that may invite legal wrangling has been filed in the House of Representatives allowing national agencies and local government units to retain and make use of their savings for unprogrammed projects beyond the fiscal year instead of reverting such funds to the treasury.

Posted: August 21st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

LGUs mobilized vs entry, spread of Ebola

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This undated photo made available by the Antwerp Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium, shows the Ebola virus viewed through an electron microscope. The World Health Organization on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to be an international public health emergency that requires an extraordinary response to stop its spread. (AP Photo/Antwerp Institute of Tropical Medicine)

Like the 2003 campaign against the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), local governments are being mobilized as the first line of defense in preventing the entry and spread of Ebola in the Philippines, a Department of Health (DOH) official said here on Friday.

Posted: August 10th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Aquino’s our best chance–mayors

President Benigno Aquino III.  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Executive committee of the 1,490-strong League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) said President Aquino is the “best chance the country has for significant political and vital economic reforms” especially for local government units (LGUs) fighting to attain inclusive growth and end a generational cycle of poverty.

Posted: July 9th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Wanted: Another name for ‘Sacama’

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What’s the name you would give to a joint-venture company that will supervise the development of an 80-hectare estate that is the subject of a dispute between Caloocan and Malabon cities?

Posted: July 1st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Metro | Read More »

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