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NorthCot to borrow a billion pesos to ensure economic growth

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/Apr 2/Wednesday) – The provincial government of North Cotabato is planning to borrow a billion pesos from two government financial institutions to ensure economic growth.

GenSan to improve legislative process through IT

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/29 March) – The local government of General Santos City is geared towards improving the legislative process through the use of information technology.

Good governance is focus of Malaybalay’s 10th charter anniversary

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/16 March) -- The city government here will celebrate the 10th anniversary of Malaybalay's charter on March 17 with the theme "Good governance speaks for the truth."

Tagum mayor says no to ouster calls but yes to snap elections

TAGUM CITY (MindaNews/08 March) – Mayor Rey Uy said he believes “greed, apathy, and corruption have returned” but says “any popular uprising to remove the president would be futile.”

Uy, who was among those who signed the manifesto of support for President Arroyo, pointed out that the remaining alternative is to call for a snap election. He said many local government officials also shared his sentiment but “dili lang makaingon” (cannot voice out).

NorthCot’s PALMA is finalist in Galing Pook awards

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/Feb 22) -- North Cotabato's special growth area collectively named PALMA complex is among the 19 finalists in this year's Gawad Galing Pook awards, an annual citation of best practices among the local government units.

SouthCot to implement purok system in local governance

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/16 Feb.) - South Cotabato officials are pushing for the institutionalization of the purok system in the province's 10 towns and lone city in a bid to further strengthen the system of local governance in the area.

Bukidnon gov blinks on “blanket” power to buy

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / February 15) – The Provincial Capitol asked the
Sangguniang Panlalawigan to grant it "blanket authority" to purchase some P42 million worth of goods for the six hospitals and 22 provincial health stations in the province.

But officials withdrew it a day after, when the provincial board discussed the "urgent request" during its regular session on February 13 with some members opposing and warning that a local version of Malacanang fiasco over the ZTE National Broadband Network deal may happen here.

SouthCot allocates P162-M for economic, infra projects

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/28 Jan) – South Cotabato officials have earmarked at least P162.2 million for the implementation of various economic and infrastructure development projects in the province's 10 towns and lone city this year.

Kidapawan mayor defends payoff to extort group

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/January 26) - Mayor Rodolfo Gantuangco admitted having deposited sums of money to a high-profile extortion syndicate operating in Southwestern Mindanao but defended it as part of 'covert' legitimate anti-terror operations.

Drug pushers in Davao to be ‘assassinated’ – Duterte

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 Jan) -- It's an all-out war against drug pushers for Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, saying these criminals will be "subject to assassination."

Valencia’s Galario initiates recall election vs Catarata

VALENCIA CITY, Bukidnon (MindaNews/24 Jan) -- Former Valencia City mayor Jose M. Galario confirmed he has initiated a recall election in Valencia City, courting a political comeback ahead of the 2010 elections.

S Kudarat gets P75-M in infra projects

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/24 Jan) – The national government has earmarked at least P75 million for the implementation of development projects in the first congressional district of Sultan Kudarat province this year.

North Cot has new package for towns and city

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/21 Jan) -- The provincial government of North Cotabato has a new package of services for each of the 17 towns and one city under it, Governor Jesus Sacdalan announced.

De Oro’s Jaraula orders dismissal of casuals, temporary employees

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/27 Dec) -- A sad Christmas season indeed for casuals and temporary employees of the city government here when Mayor Constantino G. Jaraula ordered the termination of their services effective upon the expiration of their appointments on Dec. 31.

Wanted: more women in governance

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 Nov) -- “I am powerful,” so said Nursyahbani Katjasungkanna, Indonesian civil-society leader and Member of Parliament, in describing herself as participants took turns in introducing themselves at the start of an international women leaders conference here Saturday.

In DC’s investment plan, social development a mere fourth of infra budget

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 Nov) --  The City Council here approved on first reading the P3.69-billion local development investment plan, with social development getting a fourth of the budget for infrastructure.

Nanning, Davao Ciy sign sisterhood pact

DAVAO CITY  (MindaNews/24 October) -- The local government here finalized a friendship agreement with the City of Nanning in China, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said late Tuesday night.

Direct international bonds, new funding source for LGUs?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 Oct) – Local governments need not worry about where to source funding for income-generating projects, an official of the Mindanao Business Council said in a press conference marking the end of the two-day BIMP-East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) investment conference Tuesday.

Graft cases vs. village officials rise in poll run up

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 October) -- Graft complaints filed against barangay officials in Mindanao have increased in the last five months in the run up to the October 29 barangay elections, an official of the Office of the Ombudsman in  Mindanao said.

Duterte hits crackdown on Burma protesters

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 September) --  Mayor Rodrigo Duterte echoed growing international criticisms against Burma’s military rulers for attacking street protesters, calling the perpetrators "mga yawa" (devils) in his first television appearance Sunday after an arthroscopic surgery on his right hand and left shoulder last week.

Study shows indigenous governance still influential in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 September) --  Among clans and tribes of Moro and indigenous peoples, traditional governance systems have remained highly influential, according to a study conducted by a group of Mindanao-based non-government agencies.

Duterte: mayors, barangay captains should decide on suspension of classes

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 August) – Who should suspend classes in case of  floods fire and other emergencies? The mayor and barangays captains, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said.

Six out of Mindanao’s 27 governors are women

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 August) – Mindanao has six women governors now, representing 22.2 per cent of  Mindanao’s 27 provinces.

This is the highest number thus far, of women serving as governors in Mindanao.


Road rights problem delays Davao’s drainage system project

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 August) --  Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has admitted full responsibility for the city government's failure to anticipate the problem of lack of road right of ways in building the city's P247 million urban drainage and flood control project.

MIndanao has six new cities

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 August) – Mindanao has six new cities this year, bringing the total number of cities to 33.

Mindanao now has 27 provinces and 33 cities.

The new cities are Bayugan, Cabadbaran, El Salvador, Lamitan, Mati and Tandag.

Traders, NGOs cite fruits of tripartite coordination in local governance

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 August) -- Officials of the Mindanao Business Council and the Mindanao Coalition for Development NGOs (MinCODE) said the initiative for transparent and accountable governance in 16 Mindanao cities has provided a venue for the local government, the business community, and the civil society organizations to work together.

Kidapawan employees receive pay hike

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/30 July )  -- At least 700 employees of the city government here will receive salary increases before August ends.


LGUs saving calamity funds for Christmas bonus?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 July) – The Office of Civil Defense and the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council in Southeastern Mindanao are looking at reports that there are some local government units that purposely save unexpended mandatory funds for calamites to beef up funds available for employees' Christmas bonus, an OCD official said.

In Davao City, footwear rule clarified for city council audience

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 July) -- Those who cannot afford to buy shoes can still attend the sessions of Davao's city council even if the new vice mayor launched a stricter dress code within her first 30 days in office.

Pinol wants province’s board meetings in different towns

KIDAPAWAN CITY(MindaNews / June 29) --  North Cotabato  Vice Governor Emmanuel Piñol has asked the newly elected members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to hold their regular meetings out-of-town.

Duterte takes oath with congressmen, except Nograles

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 June) --  President Arroyo's two Dabawenyo allies, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and House Majority Floor Leader Prospero Nograles, will not take their oath of offices at the same time.

Brothers pledge continuity in Samal governance

PEÑAPLATA, Island Garden City of Samal (MindaNews/28 June) -- It was a brother to brother affair at the turnover rites as the city’s newly elected officials took their oath of office in this tourist island city on Wednesday.

Koronadal a modern economic hub and center of culture by 2010

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/28 June) -- The city government here will push for the transformation of the city into a modern economic hub and center of culture and heritage in Region 12 (Southwestern Mindanao) by 2010.

Feats and peak at the future mark city council’s exit call

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 June) -- As in every curtain call, the adjournment of the sessions of the Sangguniang Panlungsod here was marked with a recitation of feats, a pitch on the next steps and a peek at those who will replace them.

Outgoing officials should ensure smooth transition to successors

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 May) -- Incumbent officials who lost or those who are "graduating" from their third term on June 30, should ensure a smooth transition to their successors, the Department of Interior and Local Governments (DILG) said as a reminder. 

Koronadal to build P200-M city hall

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/27 May) -- Construction work for the new city hall building of Koronadal may start anytime now as the city government and Development Bank of the Philippines here has signed a P200-million loan agreement for the new facility.

SoCot real property tax collection overshoots target

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/21 Dec) -- The provincial government of South Cotabato has exceeded its real property tax collection target for the entire year by at least P22.38 million between January and October.

Emano works for more revenues for De Oro; revamps staff

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/21 Dec) -- In the remaining months of his administration, Mayor Vicente Emano outlined several revenue generating strategies to improve the finances of the local government amid criticisms from the local opposition who said that he overspent in the construction of roads and bridges.

Infra, human dev?t get big budget from South Cot?s P113-M development projects

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / October 20) – Infrastructure and human development got the bulk of the P113 million worth of investments to implement various development initiatives in the province next year.

Koronadal ?most business-friendly city? once more

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/18 Oct) -- For the second straight year, Koronadal was named “Most Business-Friendly City” in Mindanao by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI).

Iligan City collects P80 million taxes

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews /16 June) - The City Treasurer' Office reported that it collected  P80 million in revenues last year, the bulk of it paid by its 56 major tax payers.

The city’s major taxpayers are mostly industrial and commercial companies and establishments, City Treasurer Ernesto Balat told MindaNews.

Have you contributed in achieving this independence?

ALABEL, Sarangani (June 12, 2006) – Governor Miguel Dominguez posed this question today during the 108th Philippine Independence Day celebration at the Capitol Park with employees and provincial officials.

The 7:30am program was highlighted by simultaneous raising of Philippine flags infront of the capitol and floral offerings.

Underdevelopment hard to solve due to LGU’s non-reporting

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /09 June) – Difficulty in dissecting and solving underdevelopment of many localities may be partly traced to the refusal of many local governments to submit their performance report, a regional Interior Department official said here.

Learning from Mindanao: Replicate LGU best practices in Visayas, Luzon, even the world

May 12, 2006

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/12 May) -- Here's another good news from Mindanao: soon, local government units (LGU) in Visayas, Luzon, and even the world, will be learning from the best practices here.

The best practices and emerging best practices vary – from improving the collection of real property taxes to increasing revenue from business permits by as much as 300% as in the case of Zamboanga City; reducing the paperwork for housing and ensuring that the LGU-operated bus terminal, market or hospital can serve the constituents well and at the same time earn.

Zambo City’s business permit revenues up by 300%

May 12, 2006 

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/12 May) --  From P9.9 million  to P29.4 million.

Zamboanga City registered nearly 300%  increase in revenues from business permits for the period January 2 to 20 this year.

Jaime Voltaire Faustino, executive assistant to Mayor Celso Lobregat, told MindaNews that their revenue increased when they waived the submission of a locational clearance, a requirement for the issuance of a permit.