PNoy says he will not give up amidst problems and challenges

admin   •   February 24, 2015   •   2330

President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his speech during the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations Year 12 (TAYO 12) awarding ceremonies at the Heroes Hall of the Malacañan Palace on Tuesday (February 24). (Photo by Gil Nartea / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

MANILA, Philippines – “Just recently, the country faced another challenge due to the incident in Mamasapano. As president, I am doing everything, to face and respond to the problems of the nation. Most of the time, I just ignore fatigue and wakeful nights. I should not be carried away by my emotion because I might aggravate the problem. At all times, I need to be calm, and to always look back as to what is the purpose of all our perseverance. This is the only thing we want: to not repeat the past, and to endow to the next generation a Philippines more progressive and better than before we came to office.”

This is an excerpt of President Benigno Aquino’s speech during the recognition of Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) held in Malacañang on Tuesday.

This is in relation to the 29th anniversary of EDSA People Power revolution tomorrow, February 25.

The President said that in the past years, the Philippines has faced many challenges, threats to the security of Filipinos caught in the conflicts abroad, spread of diseases like Ebola and MERS-Corona Virus, earthquakes, crisis, typhoons and Mamasapano incident.

These past days, some group have been calling for the resignation of President Aquino because of the issue on Mamasapano clash wherein 44 SAF troopers was killed.

Because of the incident, the peace negotiations with Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) became a hot issue particularly the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law.

At the end of his speech, the President reiterated that he will not give in to the challenges the country is facing and assured that he will continue his programs and reforms towards development.

“Indeed we have come this far because we chose to do what must be done, and prioritize the interest of the majority. However, we know that we will be facing more challenges. But should we give up now when we are already able to realize those, which are only dreams before? Should be surrender now when more and more people are joining us towards inclusive development,” President Aquino said. (Nel Maribojoc / UNTV News)

DPWH: EDSA traffic congestion to be reduced by 20-30% in 2020

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 22, 2020

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said the traffic congestion on EDSA might be reduced by 20-30% as several infrastructure projects are set to be completed by 2020.

The DPWH said that once the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 is completed by April, there would be a reduction of around 100,000 vehicles on EDSA.

This is apart from the 30,000 trucks set to be reduced once the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Harbor Link Segment 10 opens in March.

“With the second half of this year, we will relieve EDSA of 20-30 percent. Malaki po ang (There is a lot of) improvement in EDSA and for the first year, starting this year and in subsequent years, we will see continued improvement along EDSA,” according to DPWH Secretary Mark Villar.

The department official also believes that once all the infrastructure projects are completed, EDSA’s vehicle capacity might return to 280,000 vehicles. At present, there are around 400,000 vehicles plying along EDSA everyday.

“I can say at this point, we will deliver in the promise to bring back EDSA to its original capacity,” Villar said.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

PNP Highway Patrol Group returns to EDSA

Marje Pelayo   •   December 18, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – A total of 150 personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Highway Patrol Group (HPG) are again deployed along the stretch of Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA).

Of the said number, 30 officers were among the teams that provided road security in the recently concluded 30th South East Asian Games (SEA Games).

The HPG will assist the local government units (LGUs) in directing the motorists from EDSA towards the inner roads to decongest traffic.

“Ang mga chokepoints po at traffic points na identified natin ay naglalagay tayo ng pulis doon additional (team),” explained HPG-NCR P/LtCol. Wilson Doromal.

(We deploy additional police personnel at choke points and traffic points.)

“Together with NCRPO, nagko -coordinate kami sa mga district director, (we coordinate with the district director),“ he added.

The HPG also encourages private motorists to take Mabuhay lanes as alternative routes to ease the traffic flow on EDSA. – MNP (with details from Lea Ylagan)

Gov’t eyes special scholarship program for decommissioned MILF combatants

Robie de Guzman   •   November 7, 2019

Agents of an independent decommissioning body inspect surrendered firearms in the town of Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao, Philippines, 07 September 2019 (issued 08 September 2019). More than six months after the Bangsamoro Organic Law was ratified in a plebiscite, Muslim rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) turned over close to a thousand high-powered firearms to an independent decommissioning body, reports said.

MANILA, Philippines – The government is eyeing to provide a special scholarship or capacity development program for decommissioned members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and their families.

The program is among the key points provided in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

CHED chairman Prospero de Vera III said the MOU, which was signed last Oct. 30, aims to provide assistance and ensure access to quality tertiary education in the BARMM.

The MOU was inked by De Vera, OPAPP Secretary Carlito Galvez, Jr., and BARMM Technical Education Minister Mohagher Mohammad Iqbal.

“We are assisting the BARMM consistent with the policy of President (Rodrigo) Duterte that all young Filipinos must have access to quality education and that no qualified student is denied access to education on account of poverty,” De Vera said in a statement.

He added that the implementation of initiatives relating to higher education is consistent with Executive Order No. 79 or the Implementing Annex on Normalization Under the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro.

Aside from providing special scholarship program, the MOU also seeks to do the following:

  • Determine the areas to extend technical assistance to the Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE) in relation to BARMM higher education institutions (HEI) and the CHED Registry;
  • Capacitate MBHTE in monitoring the compliance of BARMM HEIs with the standards of quality education;
  • Communicate to DSWD the importance of ensuring the inclusion of underprivileged BARMM students and the children of decommissioned MILF combatants and selected beneficiaries from the Six MILF camps in Listahanan 3.0;
  • Encourage the deputized Expanded Tertiary Education Equivalency and Accreditation Program (ETEEAP) HEIs in Mindanao to help children of decommissioned MILF combatants and selected beneficiaries from the six MILF camps to complete their undergraduate study;
  • Offer study grants and capacity-building programs to target beneficiaries, subject to existing laws, rules and regulations and procedures
  • Propose professional development programs to faculty and staff of BARMM HEIs through the available CHED and other national government funds;
  • Mobilize leading HEIs to provide technical assistance to BARMM higher education needs identified by MBHTE;
  • Provide MBHTE with necessary assistance in the creation of a tribal university system;
  • Assist MBHTE with the necessary technical assistance in the crafting of the Education Code.

Galvez, for his part, said they are requesting Congress to allocate funds for the implementation of the scholarship program for the decommissioned combatants.

“I hope that through this agreement, we shall be able to reach out to those students residing in the ‘last mile’ areas, the underserved and most especially, the children of decommissioned MILF combatants. We are committed to supporting them until they achieve their full potentials,” he said.

Galvez believes the recipients of this program will eventually become the next leaders of the BARMM and strong advocates of peace and moral governance.

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