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

admin   •   July 25, 2014   •   6433

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)

OFW deployment ban to Kuwait to stay until 2018 labor pact fully implemented – Palace

Robie de Guzman   •   January 17, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The total deployment ban of Filipino workers to Kuwait will remain in effect until the labor agreement signed in 2018 between the two countries is fully implemented, Malacañang said Friday.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the labor department’s call for a total ban on deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFW) to Kuwait following the killing of household service worker Jeanelyn Villavende.

“The Palace wishes to inform the public that President Duterte has approved the recommendation of Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III on the total deployment ban of Filipino workers in Kuwait,” Panelo said.

He added that the ban will stay until the memorandum of agreement between the two countries is fully honored and “the terms contained therein are incorporated in every labor contract with our OFWs.”

Bello earlier said he recommended a total deployment ban to Kuwait after results of a re-autopsy by the National Bureau of Investigation revealed that Villavende had several missing internal organs and had “clear indications of sexual abuse.”

The re-autopsy was conducted after a certificate released by Kuwait’s Ministry of Health showed that Villavende died of “acute failure of heart and respiration” as a result of shock and multiple injuries.

In a statement on Thursday, Bello said the implementation of a total deployment ban of workers was fueled by the alleged attempt of the Kuwaiti government “to cover-up the true case of death” of Villavende.

He said the re-autopsy on the Filipino worker’s remains was in complete contrast to the report of the Kuwaiti authorities.

Bello also said that another cause for the ban was the failure of the Kuwaiti government to come into an agreement regarding the standard employment contract in accordance with the Memorandum of Agreement in 2018.

“Under the MOU, we were supposed to come up with a standard employment contract in order to provide sufficient protection for our OFWs. That’s almost two years ago of discussing and debating but until now, we have not finalized anything,” Bello said.

The total ban covers the processing and deployment of all household service workers, semi-skilled, skilled workers and professionals including Filipino crew seafarers for Kuwait.

However, skilled workers and professionals who have unexpired contracts or categorized as Balik-Manggagawa, and those who will be cleared by the Secretary of Labor are exempted from the ban.

“Those who will come home for a vacation and has an existing contract are still allowed to travel to Kuwait, however, workers with new contracts will be covered by the ban. This move is nothing less than for the protection of our workers,” Bello said. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

Palace suspends gov’t work, classes in Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Calabarzon due to Taal ashfall

Robie de Guzman   •   January 13, 2020

Villagers take shelter inside a church during an eruption of Taal Volcano, in Talisay, Batangas, Philippines, 12 January 2020. Thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate as authorities in the Philippines raised the alert due to increased activity of Taal volcano, located on an island near Manila. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) raised the alert level from 1 to 3 – on a scale of 5 – after an increase in activity in the crater resulted in an eruption spewing steam and ash up to one-kilometer-high. EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang has suspended classes in all levels and work in government offices on Monday, January 13, in Metro Manila, Calabarzon and Central Luzon due to the Taal volcano ashfall.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, by authority of President Rodrigo Duterte announced the class and gov’t work suspension around midnight in areas affected by the ashfall “except frontline response agencies involved in disaster response,mdelivery of basic and health service, and/or other vital services.”

“The private sector is highly encouraged to suspend work for the safety of their employees,” Medialdea added.

Earlier, local government units have declared class suspensions in all levels in view of the Taal volcano ash explosion.

These areas include:
• Batangas province, including municipalities around Taal lake (Talisay, Balete, Mataas na Kahoy, Cuenca, Alitagtag, Sta. Teresita, San Nicolas, Agoncillo, Laurel)
• Cavite Province
• Laguna
• Metro Manila
• Bataan
• Bulacan province
• Pampanga
• Capas, Tarlac
• Concepcion, Tarlac

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has raised the alert level 4 over Taal Volcano on Sunday night, which means a hazardous explosion is imminent within hours or days.

Phivolcs also recommended that residents in Taal island and high-risk barangays in the towns of Agoncillo and Laurel in Bagangas be evacuated due to possible hazards of pyroclastic density currents and volcanic tsunami.

Palace defends PNP’s security measures for Traslacion 2020

Robie de Guzman   •   January 9, 2020

Filipino policemen try to control a crowd of devotees during the Black Nazarene to mark its feast day in Manila, Philippines, 09 January 2020.  EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Thursday defended the strict security measures imposed by the Philippine National Police (PNP) for this year’s Traslacion in Manila.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the stringent measures were enforced to ensure the safety and security of Catholic devotees participating in the annual event.

“The PNP has to undertake measures that will provide for the safety of those devotees, it may be strict but the goal is protect them from any harm,” he said in a Palace briefing.

Panelo made the statement in reaction to criticisms and frustrations expressed by some devotees and netizens over the increased police deployment during the procession.   

During the procession, policemen formed a so-called “Andas wall,” which consists of hundreds of cops guarding the andas (carriage) from devotees.

Police’s move to set up barbed wires of the beams of the Ayala bridge, and the placement of container vans along some parts of the Traslacion route also drew mixed reactions.

The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) earlier explained the installation of barbed wires on the bridge’s beams is to prevent devotees from scaling its frames.

This year’s Traslacion took a shorter and slightly different route through the Ayala bridge instead of Jones bridge which has been used for years.

More than 13,000 policemen were deployed to secure the event. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

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