Duterte to give incentives to SEA Games athletes on Dec. 18
Marje Pelayo • December 13, 2019 • 785
MANILA, Philippines – All athletes who participated in the recently concluded 30th South East Asian Games (SEA Games) will be awarded and will get additional incentives from President Rodrigo Duterte.
The ceremony will be held at the Malacañang on December 18, Senator Bong Go told reporters.
The former Special Assistant to the President said the President is also giving the Order of Lapu-Lapu Award to all the athletes.
“Lahat ng gold medalist, silver medalist at ang bronze medalists ay makakatanggap ng Lapu-Lapu Award mula sa Pangulo (All gold, silver and bronze medalists will receive the Lapu-Lapu Award from the President),” Go said.
Among the recipients will be the ‘hero’ surfer Roger Casugay for exemplifying the Filipino value of bayanihan and showing the true spirit of sportsmanship when he chose to save his Indonesian competitor over his quest for a gold medal.
Go said the incentives and the awards are on top of what the athletes deserve to receive as mandated by law. – MNP (with inputs from Dante Amento)
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte announced he is giving his one month salary amounting to P400,000 to help in the implementation of the national government’s action plan in fight against coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Meanwhile, other members of the President’s Cabinet also have agreed to give 75% of their monthly salaries from April to December of this year as support, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement.
Panelo added that other department secretaries also agreed to share by giving a portion of their respective salaries.
Meanwhile, members of the House of Representatives are targeting to raise P100-M to boost financial aid to those affected by the pandemic.
About 200 congressmen have pledged to donate their full salary for the month of May to help the government’s efforts against COVID-19.
House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said they are raising an initial P50-M from the lawmakers while they plan to source out the other 50-M from other private individuals and groups to complete the P100-M pledge.
Cayetano said they are set to discuss on Wednesday as to which particular government effort they would donate the fund.
“Ayaw naman namin na halimbawa bumili ng PPEs iyon pala may P5-B or P2-B worth of PPEs o kaya bumili ng pagkain iyon pala may provisions na sa pagkain,” Cayetano said.
“We want to use the money where it will be most effective,” he added.
Malacanang, meanwhile, is pleased with the support from other branches of government.
“The Office of the President is pleased to know that the two other branches of the government have their own program of helping the battle against COVID-19 even as we acknowledge the support given by various heads of offices and agencies in their personal capacities to thwart the COVID-19 pandemic,” Panelo said. MNP (with inputs from Rosalie Coz)
MANILA, Philippines – Senator Panfilo Lacson is calling on the government to thoroughly look into the protest held by some residents in Quezon City on Wednesday.
The rally held by several residents from Barangay Bagong Pag-asa to demand aid from the local government prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to issue a stern warning against those who violate the law and cause trouble during the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
Duterte earlier told police and the military to “shoot” troublemakers if the situation puts their lives on the line. He also called for the public’s patience as the government works to deliver assistance amid the COVID-19 crisis.
“Definitely, the President’s warning to have ‘troublemakers’ during the enhanced community quarantine shot was exaggerated and harsh. But coming from this President, what else is new?” he said in a statement issued Thursday.
Police earlier voiced out suspicion that the incident may have been instigated by a left-leaning group.
Lacson, citing his background on law enforcement and intelligence, said the answer on whether the protest was “politically instigated” lies on the investigation as he has suggested to authorities.
He said the probe would show if the protest was indeed a valid “hunger-driven spontaneous act of people” out of exasperation or a “politically instigated act of violence by sinister groups” out to destabilize the administration.
“I couldn’t help but suggest to authorities to thoroughly investigate if the ‘riot’ in Quezon City involving protesters demanding aid – but in violation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine – was indeed a valid “hunger-driven” spontaneous act of people who simply lost their patience out of exasperation, or a politically instigated act of violence by sinister groups out to take advantage and destabilize the administration and duly constituted authority,” he said.
“As such, concerned authorities may opt to look into the possibility that Wednesday’s incident could be a “dry run” to test public sentiment as well as the ability of law enforcers to respond,” he added.
He said that at least one group, specifically the urban poor group Kadamay, posted an “invitation” on its Facebook page to an event scheduled for April 1.
“Muling mangalampag bukas April 1. April Fool’s Day pero ang mamamayan ay hindi na maloloko sa napakabagal at inutil na pagtugon sa pangangailangan ng sambayanan,” Kadamay said on a Facebook post, dated March 31.
Lacson, however, clarified that this is not to say that protests during the COVID-19 quarantine should be presumed as politically instigated.
“There is no saying, however, that all protests during the ECQ should be presumed as politically instigated. Yet, it cannot be denied that there may be groups with motive to exploit the volatility of the situation to advance their own political agenda,” he said.
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has tasked the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) to consolidate and manage all medicines, medical equipment, and other supplies donated to the national government in the fight against novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Duterte issued the directive through Administrative Order No. 27 which establishes the framework on the acceptance, distribution, and delivery of medicines, medical equipment, and supplies donated to the national government for operations against COVID-19.
According to the order, which Duterte signed on March 31, the OCD must prepare an inventory of all donations to the national government and the Department of Health (DOH).
It is also tasked to coordinate with the DOH, Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, and other relevant agencies in the determination of which health facilities, establishments or beneficiary groups are in need of medical supplies.
The order also states that all donations intended to address the COVID-19 situation, whether received or accepted from private companies, foreign governments, non-governmental organizations or any group or individual should be coordinated with and transmitted to the OCD for consolidation.
Direct donations of medical products and supplies to the government will still be allowed but it should be reported by the recipient agencies.
The OCD will keep a record of these direct donations in line with its authority to assess whether these items may be reallocated to other health facilities or establishments that are in greater need of the medical goods.
The Department of National Defense shall provide the necessary logistical support to the OCD for the consolidation and distribution of the donated medicines and medical equipment to identified beneficiary facilities.
Presidential Peace Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation, and Unity and chief implementer of the national policy against COVID-19 Carlito Galvez Jr., will oversee the consolidation, management, inventory, recording, and distribution of donations, ensure the efficient and expeditious distribution of assistance to the public.
The OCD is directed to submit a weekly report to the Office of the President on the actions taken relative to the implementation of the order. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)
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