PH budget transparency, 64; Congress budget oversight, 36

THE PHILIPPINES scored 64, on a scale of 0 to 100, for transparency of eight budget documents in the latest Open Budget Survey (OBS) 2015, a report on 102 countries… »

DOLE adopts web-based management system

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/15 August) — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) central office has adopted the Internet-based Quality Management System (IQMS) developed by its personnel in Region 12… »

Davao eyes automating collection to curb corruption

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/05 November) – Computerizing records at the city’s revenue-generating agencies may be one way to prevent corruption in these offices, an official said. In an interview, City Councilor… »

RDC-12 to finish reorganization next month

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/24 September) — The Regional Development Council (RDC) of Region 12 is targeting to complete by next month its ongoing reorganization process, an official said. Arturo Valero,… »

Public urged to keep track of LGU’s executive and legislative agenda

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/22 August)–The public should scrutinize the executive and legislative agenda (ELA) of local government units (LGUs) to promote transparency and accountability among local officials, an official of the… »

Mindanawons in Congress: 67 in the House, two in the Senate

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 June) –  Bayan Muna’s Carlos Isagani Zarate, a journalist before he became a lawyer in 1995 is one of at least 67 Mindanawons in the House of… »

Mindanawon women in power: from 11.5% to 28.8% in 25 years

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 June) –  The number of  women occupying top posts in Mindanao has increased from only 10 women governors, city mayors and representatives in the post-EDSA elections of… »

Mayor-elect Zamzamin Ampatuan: “Democracy works in terms of real governance”

RAJAH BUAYAN, Maguindanao  (MindaNews/27 May) – If he had his way,  Engr. Zamzamin Lumenda Ampatuan ,  the newly-elected mayor of  this town, would rather be known by his first name.… »

Caraga: poorest region no more

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 April) – Caraga region is no longer the  country’s “poorest region,” a title it held in 2006 and 2009.  In fact it dropped to sixth place among… »

ARMM is poorest region in 2012 but poverty incidence dropped in island provinces

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 April) –   The five-province, two-city Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) posted the highest poverty incidence among families in the country’s 17 regions nationwide in 2012,  with… »

GenSan sets up three new offices

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/19 March) —  The city government has created three new offices in a bid to improve its service delivery to residents in all 26 barangays. Mayor Darlene… »

P120M for additional infra in GenSan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/29 October) — The city government has allocated some P120 million for the implementation of additional infrastructure projects, among them major drainage and flood control structures, in… »

Bukidnon IP congress to PNoy: Favor LGUs with mandatory IP representatives

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 18 Oct) – About 700 lumad leaders attending the 1st Bukidnon Provincial Indigenous Peoples Congress signed Wednesday a resolution urging President Benigno Simeon Aquino III to… »

Surigao groups call for support of pro-environment candidates

MADRID, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews/14 October) — Multiectoral groups all over Surigao del Sur called on voters to support in next year’s elections, candidates with clear agenda on the protection… »

18 of 23 Bukidnon LGUs receive ‘Seal of Good Housekeeping’

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 8 Oct) – Eighteen of the 23 local government units in Bukidnon have been awarded their Bronze Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH) for 2011 by the… »

PNoy decides: it’s Mujiv for ARMM Governor

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/26 September) —  President Benigno Simeon Aquino III has announced to the five provincial governors in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) that OIC Governor Mujiv Hataman… »

Galario to appeal Sandigan ruling on graft

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/12 September) – Former Valencia City mayor Jose M. Galario Jr. will appeal the decision of the Sandiganbayan First Division sentencing him to six years imprisonment after they… »

Bigger fines mulled for breach of anti-smoking ordinance in Davao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/07 August) — The Anti-Smoking Task Force (ASTF) has proposed imposing stiffer fines for violators of the comprehensive anti-smoking ordinance to attain the local government’s goal for a… »

Bukidnon to get P4.7-B IRA in 2013

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/26 July) – From the country’s P302.3 billion Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) for 2013, local government units in Bukidnon will get around P4.7 billion. The amount, based on… »

Most Bukidnon barangays don’t have Lumad representations yet

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews /24 July) – Bukidnon may have been the first province in the country to comply with mandatory representation of the indigenous peoples in the municipal, city and… »

Only 2 Bukidnon towns have new CLUPs

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/17 July) – Only two of Bukidnon’s 20 towns and none of its two cities have completed the drafts of their revised Comprehensive Land Use Plans (CLUP) as… »

Bukidnon LGUs asked: focus on economic development, not politics

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/11 July) – The local government units in the province should focus on economic development and be sensitive in promoting the economy instead of politics, a business leader… »

Surigao City wants to collect P200M in unpaid taxes from PMO

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/10 July) — Saying it would help boost the city’s capability to finance development projects, Surigao City Mayor Ernesto T. Matugas is pushing for the collection of P200,739,598.72… »

South Cotabato taps Veterans Bank ax tax collection agent

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/25 June) – In a bid to improve local tax collections, the provincial government of South Cotabato has linked up with government-owned and controlled Philippine Veteran’s Bank… »

4 Bukidnon towns get incentive fund

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/19 June) – – Four of Bukidnon’s 20 towns were among the 12 local government units in Northern Mindanao that the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)… »

Maguindanao inaugurates legislative hall; Sultan Kudarat is back as provincial seat

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 June) – The provincial legislature of Maguindanao moved to its “permanent” home on Thursday, June 14 with the inauguration of a rehabilitated structure at the old Capitol… »

Tandag mayor to LCP: Let new cities be

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/14 June) – The mayor of one of the 16 new cities in the country appealed to the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) not to pursue… »

‘Malaybalay founding anniversary rites short of history’

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/14 June) — The commemoration of the city’s 135th founding anniversary lacked “sense of history” and understanding of the people who built the place as a settlement before… »

Environment, ecotourism up in vice mayors confab

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/14 June) — Environmental protection and ecotourism will take center stage during the 3rd Mindanao Island Congress of the Vice Mayors League of the Philippines (VMLP) next week.… »

BIR padlocks store in NorthCot town

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/25 May) – Revenue officers in North Cotabato padlocked on Thursday one of the biggest grocery centers in Midsayap town due to its alleged failure to pay taxes… »

Hataman: ARMM’s appointed legislators are “reform-oriented”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 May) —  OIC Governor Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) says he is “sure” that majority of the  27 persons named to the… »

Kidapawan bent on going to court to get power from geothermal plants

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 14 April) – Members of the city council here are bent on going to court if the National Power Corporation (Napocor) and other subsidiary agencies of… »

Nat’l gov’t ‘owes’ Malaybalay almost P1B

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/13 April) – The City Government of Malaybalay may get close to P1 billion from the national government, if the Supreme Court decides favorably on a petition it… »

Dutertes’ net worth: Vice Mayor Rody richer than Mayor Sara by P1.56M

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/08 April) –  Mayor Sara Duterte posted a net worth of P16.24M in her Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) as of yearend 2010 while her… »

Mindanao’s richest gov is del Rosario, Maguindanao’s Mangudadatu is 2nd; richest city mayor is Matugas

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/07 April) –  Only 18 of Mindanao’s 27 governors filed their Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) in 2010 and out of the 18, Davao del… »

Meet Mindanao’s richest and poorest governors

DAVAO CITY  (MindaNews/07 April) — Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario has consistently been the richest governor in Mindanao for several years now,  based on the Statement of Assets,… »

Meet Mindanao’s richest and poorest city mayors

DAVAO CITY  (MindaNews/07 April) –  Surigao City’s Ernesto Matugas is not only the richest  city mayor in Mindanao among 27 of 33 city mayors who filed their  Statement of Assets,… »

In Bukidnon, plant trees, get tax discount

MALAYBALAY CITY  (MindaNews/17 March) — Provincial board member Jay Albarece has proposed an ordinance granting real property tax discounts for  lots with high density of  trees to serve as incentive… »

BIR-12 moves to prevent tax record ‘leakages’

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/09 March) – With the local business scene here and in nearby areas currently “picking up,” an official of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) directed their… »

Surigao City mayor, treasurer accused of illegal exaction

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/10 February)–Another case has been filed before the office of the Ombudsman against Surigao City Mayor Enesto T. Matugas. For the fifth time, Matugas has been charged for… »

Cotabato City political scene heats up over Sema ambush, murder charges

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/08 February) —  It’s 15 months before the May 13, 2013 elections but  the political scene here has heated up with the filing Monday of charges of frustrated… »

Arabian firm investing $20M in Maguindanao

BULUAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews/07 February) — A big Arabian corporation is coming to war-torn Maguindanao province for a business venture with a capital requirement of $20 million or roughly P855 million… »

P1B released to 4Ps in R-12, Marawi in 2011

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/25 January) – The national government has released a total of P1.075 billion in cash grants last year to beneficiaries of its continuing conditional cash transfer program… »

BIR collects P4.4B in Southwestern Mindanao; breaches 2011 target

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/24 January)—Tax collections last year in Region 12 reached P4.4 billion, surpassing the target set for the period by 6.1%, a Bureau of Internal Revenue official said yesterday.… »

SP questions budget, activities for Kaamulan

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/20 January) – Members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan have questioned some activities being lined up for this year’s Kaamulan as inappropriate to the annual celebration of Bukidnon’s indigenous… »

South Cotabato eyes P30-M mining revenue for 2012

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/20 January) –The provincial government of South Cotabato is expecting to generate P30 million this year from the small-scale mining industry players in the area, officials said. Gov.… »

Valencia City approves P6M for 3 irrigation pumps

VALENCIA CITY (MindaNews/17 January) – The Valencia City council approved a resolution authorizing Mayor Leandro Jose Catarata to allocate P6.08 million for the urgent purchase of three water pumps to… »

Robredo orders closure of tunnels and demolition of houses in high-risk areas

PANTUKAN, Compostela Valley (MindaNews/06 January) – Local Governments Secretary Jesse Robredo has ordered the closure of  tunnels in high-risk areas and the demolition of houses in “no habitation” zones in… »

Valencia City celebrates 11th charter day

VALENCIA CITY (MindaNews/06 January) — The Valencia City Government is pushing though with the celebration of it 11th Charter Day events, which started in December and will last up to… »

South Cotabato, power firm reach deal on unpaid taxes

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/21 December) – Power distribution utility South Cotabato I Electric Cooperative (Socoteco I) is set to sign an agreement with the provincial government of South Cotabato to… »

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