About Per SE

Commentary and research on current events and public policy by economists from the University of the Philippines
Posts tagged "local government"

Taking back power

Do you feel that things are getting away from you, that you are in a situation fast spinning out of control while you look on helplessly? Well, you may derive some comfort in knowing that you are not alone. And that indeed, you can do something about it.

A new, more powerful Department of Interior and Local Government is born

The Department of Interior and Local Government under the Aquino administration is the combined Constabulary, Ministry of the Interior, and Ministry of Human Settlements during the Marcos years. In its present form, the DILG is a ‘super’ Department.

Fiscal transfers and gerrymandering under decentralization in the Philippines

While gerrymandering in developing countries is often pushed by local authorities to secure political advantages, fiscal grants systems under decentralization may also have the same result. We investigate this issue to identify the correlates of the growth in the number of cities in the Philippines in 2001-2010.