Mga miyembro ng gabinete ni Pangulong Aquino, in full force sa senado upang idepensa ang DAP

admin   •   July 25, 2014   •   6826

Secretary Abad: “We will still endeavor towards a standard of government expenditure that we ourselves set in DAP, where the government funds quickly and efficiently are spent, where the utilization of public funds is guided by the principles of transparency, accountability, and citizen empowerment, and where every peso spent by government goes exactly where it should: to the Filipino people’s own benefit.”
CREDIT : Official Gazette of the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines — Nasa senate probe ang mga miyembro ng gabinete ni Pangulong Aquino upang suportahan si Budget Secretary Butch Abad na ipinatawag ng mga senador upang ipaliwanag ang Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) at kung tama ang ginawang paggastos sa pondo nito.

Ayon kay Senate Finance Committee Chairman Senator Chiz Escudero, nagmistulang cabinet meeting ang pagdinig ng senado sa DAP.

Humarap sa pagdinig si Budget Sec. Florencio Butch Abad upang ipaliwanag ang economic gains ng administrasyon sa DAP, gayundin sina Finance Sec. Cesar Purisima at National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Director General Arsenio Balisacan na tinalakay ang financial side ng spending program.

Dumalo rin sina Health Sec. Enrique Ona, Public Works Sec. Rogelio Singson, Interior and Local Government Sec. Mar Roxas, Defense Sec. Voltaire Gazmin, Social Welfare and Development Sec. Dinky Soliman, Tourism Sec. Ramon Jimenez, Transportation and Communication Sec. Joseph Abaya, Agrarian Reform Sec. Virgilio De Los Reyes, Agriculture Sec. Proceso Alcala, Environment and Natural Resources Sec. Ramon Paje, Labor Sec. Rosalinda Baldoz, Secretary to the Cabinet Jose Rene Almendras, Governance Commission for GOCCS Sec. Cesar Villanueva, Climate Change Commission Sec. Lucille Sering, CHED Chairperson Patricia Licuanan, MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino, PCOO Sec. Herminio Coloma Jr., Malacañang Spokesman Edwin Lacierda at Malacañang Deputy Spokesperson Abigail Valte.

“We want full transparency kaya kami nag-appear sa senate. Nandito ang gabinete ni Pang. Aquino at nagbigay ng datos kaugnay ng DAP. Mahalagang nakita matapos ang pitong oras na hearing ay ipinakita na walang nawalang pera. Kilalanin ang pinagkaiba ng nabulsa sa napunta sa bayan”, pahayag ni DILG Sec. Mar Roxas.

“Kaya nga po kami lahat pumunta ditto, gusto po naming igalang ang inquiry ng senado kaya kami nagdala ng ebidensya. Hindi ito salita lang. May list ng names ng nagbenepisyo at lugar”, saad ni DSWD Sec. Dinky Soliman.

“Kusa kaming nag-usap na mga gabinete. Maganda na lahat kami makasagot kung may tanong ang mga senador, hindi lang sina Sec. Butch, Purisima at Balisacan”, dagdag nito.

Bukod  kay Escudero, nasa pagdinig rin sina Senate President Franklin Drilon, at Senators JV Ejercito, Nancy Binay, Bongbong Marcos, Teofisto Guingona III, Loren Legarda, Grace Poe, Sonny Angara, Antonio Trillanes IV, Ralph Recto at Bam Aquino.

Si Ejercito ang naghain ng resolution para magsagawa ng inquiry ang senado sa kontrobersyal na DAP.

Layunin naman ng pagdinig na malinawan ang taumbayan kung paano umabot sa 372 billion pesos ang DAP, at kung saan ito napunta.

Naging kontrobersyal ang DAP matapos na ipahayag ni Sen. Jinggoy Estrada sa kanyang talumpati sa senado, na ginamit umano ng Malacañang ang pondo bilang suhol sa mga mambabatas para mapatalsik sa pwesto si dating Chief Justice Renato Corona.

Napaulat ring may ilang senador na inilaan ang DAP sa mga NGO ni Janet Lim-Napoles. (Bianca Dava, UNTV News)

‘No need to panic buy,’ Palace reminds public

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 3, 2020

Consumers in Metro Manila flocked to grocery stores after President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday night, approved the reversion of some areas to Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) in response to the medical frontliners’ plea for a two-week “timeout”.

This prompted Malacañang on Monday to remind the public not to panic buy amid the implementation of MECQ in the National Capital Region (NCR).

“Walang dahilan para mag-panic buying. Supplies are high, delivered in supermarkets in anticipation of bigger demand prior to MECQ,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.

The Palace official reiterated that only essential establishments will remain open including supermarkets, banks, and hospitals. He also said that the “time out” will be used to strengthen the government’s testing, tracing, and treatment of COVID-19.

“This is primarily to accede to the demand of the frontliners for a break. A ‘time out,'” Roque said. AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

Gov’t assigns anti-COVID-19 czars to boost fight against virus

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 14, 2020

The Duterte Administration assigned anti-COVID czars to intensify the country’s response against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The Malacañang admitted that the number of COVID-19 cases in the country continues to rise but it assured that the administration is still in control of the situation.

Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque, Jr. introduced the four anti-COVID czars, namely, Secretary Vivencio Dizon as Chief Testing Czar, Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong as Chief Tracing Czar, Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar as Chief Isolation Czar, and Health Undersecretary Leopoldo Vega as Chief Treatment Czar.

Roque explained that all four anti-COVID czars will be directly under the National Task Force Against COVID-19 (NTF) led by Chief Implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr.

Mas malawakang targeted testing, mas maraming isolation centers, mas matinding tracing, at mas matinding treatment para sa mga nagkakasakit. Lahat po yan sa ilalim ng NTF, sa ilalim ng ating Chief Implementer Secretary Galvez (More extensive targeted testing, additional isolation centers, improved contact tracing, and better quality of treatment for patients. All of these will be under the NTF, under Chief Implementer Secretary Galvez),” Roque said.

Chief Testing Czar Secretary Dizon reported there are now 85 COVID-19 laboratories nationwide, with nearly 1 million tests done as of July 11. Daily tests as of July 9 reached 25,000, nearing the 30,000 daily tests target by end of the month.

For tracing, Chief Tracing Czar Mayor Magalong said they are seeking to intensify skills training for contact tracers and use a contact tracing e-system composed of a COVID-19 data collection tool, a GIS (geographical information system) platform, and a Link Analysis Tool.

Chief Isolation Czar Secretary Villar said they plan to construct more quarantine facilities nationwide. Aside from the existing 129 regional evacuation centers, they are also building quarantine facilities in Region 7, Region 8, Region 10, and in Region 12.

Meanwhile, Chief Treatment Czar Dr. Vega said expanding hospital capacity will be one of his priorities. He also introduced One Hospital Command which will be in charge of both public and private hospitals and quarantine facilities in terms of planning healthcare capacity among others.

Galvez also said the NTF will also focus on the economy and social recovery of the country.

Nandito po tayo sa sitwasyon na dahan-dahan nating binubuksan ang ating ekonomiya. Bagaman nandito po ang threat ng virus, kailangan na nating i-recover ang ating mga ekonomiya para manumbalik po ang negosyo at trabaho ng ating mamamayan (We are in a situation where we are slowly opening our economy. Even though the threat of the virus is still there we still need our economy to recover so that businesses and jobs will reopen for our citizens), he said. –AAC

Malacañang admits shortcomings in not building more laboratories soon enough

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 9, 2020

Malacañang admitted the government had shortcomings in not building more coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing laboratories to boost the country’s response against the pandemic.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the country only began having more testing laboratories last March, adding that the country should have already boosted its testing capacity when the first COVID-19 case was reported.

Inaamin po natin na medyo naging mabagal ang proseso sa lumipas po na dalawang buwan (We admit the process has been slow in the past two months),” he said.

“If I were to look back, what could have we done better? Siguro po noong nagkaroon tayo ng unang kaso imported case ng COVID, dapat pinalawak na natin ang testing capacity natin agad (When we had the first imported case of COVID-19, we could have already boosted our testing capacity), Roque added.

The country only had one COVID-19 laboratory in January. As of July 7, licensed RT-PCR laboratories across the country have reached 78. The Palace official said the government is improving its COVID-19 testing, treatment, and contact tracing to better the response against the virus.

The Duterte Administration also called on the public, local government, and business establishments to be more responsible in following minimum health standards including social distancing, wearing face masks, and hand washing.

Roque also announced the government will further boost its targeted testing.

Bukod po sa 10 million na naorder natin at 1 million na na-deliver na PCR testing, magkakaroon ng mas malawak na targeted testing na iaanunsyo po natin sa mga darating na panahon (Aside from the 10 million we ordered and the 1 million PCR testing that has been delivered, there will be wider targeted testing which we will announce soon), he said. –AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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