Duterte to sign 2020 nat’l budget on January 6, Palace confirms

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 3, 2020   •   993

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers a speech during his visit to the earthquake victims at the M’lang National High School in Cotabato on December 30, 2019. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang has confirmed that President Rodrigo Duterte will sign the P4.1 trillion 2020 national budget on Monday (January 6).

Presidential Legislative Liason Office Secretary Adelino Sitoy said there will be a presidential ceremonial signing at the Malacañang Palace on Monday.

However, Sitoy did not confirm if the president will veto provisions in the said budget.

According to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, the president did not mention about a possible veto.

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has finished the review of the General Appropriations Bill last week.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Duterte inaugurates Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 30, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday (July 30) inaugurated the Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

The Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge cuts travel time between the cities of Mandaluyong and Makati to five minutes. It is one of the two bridges funded by a grant of the People’s Republic of China and is expected to accommodate about 50,000 vehicles daily. The bridge would also help in addressing traffic congestion.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said that the department, as well as, other government agencies, doubled their efforts and continued their work in completing the Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge despite the difficulties and challenges faced during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

The President expressed his appreciation for the Chinese government’s generosity in funding the construction of this new bridge that has not only improved mobility and connectivity but also enhanced the resilience against natural disasters. AAC

 

NCR remains under GCQ with heightened restrictions until August 15

Marje Pelayo   •   July 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the extension of general community quarantine (GCQ) with heightened restrictions in the National Capital Region (NCR) until August 15, 2021.

The approval was based on the recommendations of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) given the current COVID-19 situation in the country.

“Ginusto man niyo o hindi kailangan  itong ganitong patakaran for you to survive; para mabuhay kayo. As shown with what is happening in other countries, there is really a pandemic in the true sense of the word in Indonesia, India and Thailand,” the President said during the televised meeting on Wednesday (July 28).

The following quarantine classifications take effect in the following areas:

Enhanced Community Quarantine (August 1 – August 7)
Iloilo City
Cagayan de Oro
Gingoog City

Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (August 1 – August 15)
Ilocos Norte
Bataan
Lapu-Lapu City
Mandaue City

General Community Quarantine  with heightened restrictions (August 1- August 15)
National Capital Region
Ilocos Sur
Cagayan
Bulacan
Laguna
Lucena city
Cavite
Rizal
Naga City
Antique
Aklan
Bacolod City
Capiz
Negros oriental
Zamboanga del sur
Misamis Oriental
Davao City
Davao del Norte
Davao de Oro
Davao Occidental
Butuan City

General Community Quarantine  (August 1 – August 31)
Baguio City
Apayao
City of Santiago, Isabela
Nueva Vizcaya
Quirino
Quezon
Batangas
Puerto princesa
Guimaras
Negors occidental
Zamboanga Del Norte
Zamboanga Sibugay
City of Zamboanga
Davao Oriental
Davao Del Sur
General Santos City
Sultan Kudarat
Sarangani
North cotabato
South cotabato
Caraga
Agusan del norte
Surigao del norte
Agusan del sur
Dinagat islands
Surigao del sur
BARMM
Cotabato

Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ)
The rest of the country

Duterte maintains approval and trust ratings lead — PUBLiCUS Asia

Maris Federez   •   July 27, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte’s approval and trust ratings had a “sizeable” drop in the recent PUBLiCUS Asia survey.

Duterte’s approval rating dropped to 58 percent, a seven percent decline from this year’s first-quarter survey of 65 percent.

His trust rating also slid to 50 percent from the previous 55 percent.

Despite the decline in the said ratings, however, the president still maintained a good lead among top government officials.

“While it is a sizable drop for both approval and trust ratings, President Duterte still leads the top five government officials with a total approval rating of 58 percent and a total trust rating of 50 percent,” PUBLiCUS said in a statement.

The survey said the Build, Build, Build program was the most popular project during the President’s term, followed by the Bayanihan laws and the campaign against illegal drugs. The Universal Health Care Act was a distant third.

The Anti-Terrorism Act was cited as a top 3 project by over a fifth of respondents.

Overall, the Duterte administration has passing (on or above 6) marks in all areas except promoting human rights (5.86) and managing inflation (5.82), the report said.

Other areas include infrastructure development, taking care of overseas Filipino workers, providing public education, peace in Mindanao, anti-terrorism, crime reduction and law enforcement, providing public health services, national government response to Covid-19, food security, economic development, poverty reduction, job generation, dealing with corruption, foreign affairs, and energy security.

Meanwhile, Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo had an approval rating of 32 percent and a trust rating of 24 percent.

Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto 3rd, on the other hand, received an approval rating of 38 percent with a trust rating of 23 percent, while Speaker Lord Allan Velasco got a 24-percent approval rating and a 14-percent trust rating.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo had an approval rating of 26 percent and a trust rating of 15 percent.

The PUBLiCUS Asia survey was conducted among 1,500 respondents, from July 13 to 19. —/mbmf

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