Malacañang hopes for Congress’ approval of proposed budget for “all” gov’t agencies

admin   •   September 15, 2017   •   4446

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang is still hopeful that Congress will approve its budget proposal for all government agencies despite the controversial pushing of P1,000 budget for the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) by the Lower House.

Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Kris Ablan said the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and the Office of the President (OP) have submitted the more than P600-million fund for CHR.

The budget approval will also undergo various processes, thus the P1,000 CHR budget is not yet final.

“When the DBM and the OP submitted the budget to Congress of more than P600 million for CHR, it’s there. The MOOE (Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses), the personnel salaries, the projects, it’s all there. So that by itself, it’s in the proposed GAA (General Appropriations Act), is already symbolic that the Executive respects all of its branches, including its constitutional commissions’ budgets,” said Ablan. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

Duterte to announce final decision on reduced physical distancing in public transport

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 16, 2020

President Rodrigo Duterte will make his final decision on Thursday (September 17) regarding the reduction of physical distancing in public transportation.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said doctors have opposing opinions on the matter and added that last meeting of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) Against COVID-19 even took six hours discussing the issue.

“Ang mga doctor iba-iba rin po ang mga pananaw. Wala pong isang opinyon pagdating dito sa pagbawas ng isang dangkal lang naman na social distancing sa pampublikong mga transportation (Our doctors have varying opinions. There is no unified opinion when it comes to social distancing in public transportation),” he said on Wednesday (September 16) during a press briefing.

Roque also said the IATF based their recommendation to reduce physical distancing on research and advice from doctors.

“Ang rekomendasyon po ay isusumite kay Preisdente. Si Presidente na po ang magde-decide (The recommendation has been submitted to the President and he will be the one to decide), Roque said. AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Duterte vows to support military in fight against extremism in Mindanao

Marje Pelayo   •   August 31, 2020

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte leads the candle-lighting and the offering of flowers at the blast site at Barangay Walled City in Jolo, Sulu on August 30, 2020. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — For the first time since his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA), President Rodrigo Duterte made his public appearance to visit Jolo, Sulu.

Specifically, the President visited the sites of the twin explosions that occurred on August 24 which killed a number of soldiers.

He delivered a short speech before the troops at Kuta Heneral Teodulfo Bautista Headquarters where he vowed to give his full support to the military in fighting and eradicating terrorists activities in Mindanao. 

“Bilang isang Pilipino ibibigay ko sa inyo ang lahat ng suporta na kailangan ninyo para matupad ang inyong misyon dito sa Jolo (As a Filipino, I will give you all the support you need to accomplish your mission here in Jolo),” he said. 

“I commit myself to working with you my dear troops to ensure that these terrorists will have no future in this country,” he added.

During the ceremony, the President commended the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the sake of peace and order in the province. 

President Duterte said that he regrets the situation in Mindanao and added that if not for the atrocities in the region, it could have attained the progress that the province has been aspiring for decades.

“For decades, Mindanao’s progress has been hindered by the threat of insurgency and extremism,” the President said. 

“Kung wala lang sana itong seed of hatred na nakalagay sa isip from generation to generation, sana ngayon maganda na ang buhay para sa lahat, (If only the seeds of hatred had not been planted in the minds of people from generation to generation, quality of life [in the region]would have improved for everyone by now),” he added.

The President appeals to all government forces to continue the fight against terrorism and work hard to achieve long lasting peace in the country. 

“If we cannot really agree,  then we fight and we fight hard hanggang magkaubusan na (until no one is left). Maybe by that time, kung ubos na ang lahat, wala ng giyera (when everyone is gone, the war would finally end)” he said. MNP (with reports from Rosalie COZ)

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House passes Bayanihan 2 on 3rd and final reading

Marje Pelayo   •   August 11, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The country’s lawmakers in the present Congress will soon convene to harmonize their versions of the Bayanihan 2 Law.

This, after the House of Representatives, on Monday (August 10), approved the Bayanihan 2 bill on its third and final reading.

Among the representatives present, 242 voted affirmative on House Bill 6953 or the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act. Six, on the other hand, voted on the negative.

The bill appropriated P27.5 billion for PhilHealth coverage for COVID-19; additional health workers and their benefits; acquisition of personal protective equipment; and establishing isolation and quarantine facilities.

Other appropriations include:

  • P71 billion for cash-for-work programs and additional capital for government financial institutions to fund loan programs;
  • P40.1 billion for agriculture, transportation and tourism programs;
  • P8.9 billion for education including programs for digital education;
  • P13.5 billion for the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the local government units;
  • P1 billion for programs of the Department of Foreign Affairs and assistance for athletes.

House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said they will set a bicameral conference with the Senate for the ratification of the final version of the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act. –MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

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