Local competitiveness: Will province, Lipa City improve this time?

Charito Armonia of the Philippine Statistics Authority-Calabarzon (standing) and Department of Trade and Industry- Calabarzon Director Malou Toledo (third from left) egged on Batangueño local government planning coordinators and investment officers to submit correct data for the 2017 Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index. Data for the 2017 CMCI will cover 2016. (photo from DTI-Batangas on its Facebook page.)



LIPA CITY (The Filipino Connection)–Calabarzon’s Regional Competitiveness Council egged on local government units in Batangas, and the entire province as well, to improve their programs and policies so as to become more economically competitive.

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[Special edition] Lipa’s stinky problem

A member of the Facebook group Lipa City Philippines posed a question to residents while Lipa City is struggling to manage its solid wastes.

LIPA CITY–There’s a pileup of not just trash but of problems on how a progressive urban enclave in Batangas is dealing with solid wastes.

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Budget for hauling Lipa’s trash ‘inadequate,’ says new hauler

The City Council's Committee on Environment hearing held early February heard the plans of 7MG Hauling Services Philippines, Corp. to collect Lipa City's garbage.  The firm led by its President Manuel Guarin, told councilors the city's 2017 budget allocation for garbage collection is inadequate, and it excludes a monthly dumping fee (worth P2 million a month) that the firm pays to the dumpsite. (photo from Luigi Antonio Aception through his Facebook page)

LIPA CITY—This city has a new garbage hauler, but the annual budget for hauling and dumping the trash elsewhere may not be enough.

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Trash hauling: Like in 2016, City Council to add funds

The current City Council of Lipa (taken from the official Facebook page of the city council)


LIPA CITY—An additional budget to cover the spending shortfall for hauling and dumping trash in Lipa City may be the temporary solution to elude uncollected garbage that remain the city’s eyesore.

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[Editorials of The Connection] RA 9003 compliance an indicator of good LGU performance

Uncollected trash i Brgy. Balintawak, Lipa City (photo by Elizabeth Almogia, taken from her Facebook page)

The Department of the Interior and Local Government had been handing out the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) awards for the past two years. This scheme aims to promote sound performance by the country’s over-1,700 local government units.  The SGLG replaced the old Seal of Good Housekeeping when the late Jesse Robredo was then DILG secretary.

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Lack of foresight in changing of garbage haulers?

Uncollected trash at a waiting shed in Lipa City's Barangay 8 (photo by Connie Reyes-Raz through her Facebook account)


MANILA and LIPA CITIES—The changing of contractors hauling a locality’s garbage may inevitably lead to a problem of leaving some trash uncollected. [Read more…]

Legal liability looming for Lipa if RA 9003 not followed?

Environmental Ombudsman Gerard Mosquera (middle) is spearheading efforts by the Office of the Ombudsman to check on local officials' compliance with Republic Act 9003. Local officials founnd not complying with RA 9003 may be sued by the ombudsman. (photo from the Philippine Information Agency)


MANILA and LIPA CITIES—Unless Lipa City, its officials, and its communities and residents fix the city-wide garbage problem, legal issues loom for city officials. [Read more…]

Handling wastes in Lipa City: A history of lack of cooperation, ineptitude

UN Habitat project Lipa City


LIPA CITY—Today’s garbage woes across the city bring back lessons from 15 years ago when a United Nations-funded solid waste management project in the city flopped due to residents’ bad habits in waste segregation, and their distrust to government. [Read more…]

[Re-branding] Lipa-centric hyperlocal journalism partners with top Facebook group



LIPA CITY–The Filipino Connection repackages itself as a hyperlocal community news organization focused on Lipa City, and that will report on economic issues.

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[Editorial] Lipa: My city, my pride

(photo from the Facebook page of Lipa City Philippines)


The City of Lipa is Batangas province’s new wonder. Look at how Ayala Avenue had changed much over the years: The “oldies” are Chowking, McDonald’s, Red Ribbon, Starbucks. New ones, at least on the Big Ben side, are KFC, Tokyo Tokyo and a new building for the born-again church group Victory.

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