19 AUGUST 2013.

bulet-arow.gif (856 bytes) Aquino lauds Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino for holding Filipino Language Congress
bulet-arow.gif (856 bytes) Malacanang orders suspension of classes in all levels and work in government offices affected by Typhoon Maring
bulet-arow.gif (856 bytes) Aquino wants more strict control, closer monitoring of Priority Development Assistance Fund
bulet-arow.gif (856 bytes) President Aquino says government working hard to mitigate the effects of heavy rains
bulet-arow.gif (856 bytes) President Aquino to be guest of honor and speaker at ‘Laban Ni Ninoy’ Photo Exhibit

Aquino lauds Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino for holding Filipino Language Congress
 
President Benigno S. Aquino III lauded the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) for holding the first Pambansang Kongreso ng Wika which he said was an important tool for enhancing our love and understanding of our national language.

In his speech keynoting the event held at the Leong Hall of the Ateneo de Manila campus in Quezon City on Monday, the President expressed confidence that the participants to the congress would be able to find ways and means to uplift our understanding of the Filipino language.

“Kaya naman isang malaking hakbang ang pagtitipong ito sa pagpapayabong ng ating wikang pambansa. Nananalig akong sa pagtutulungan ng mga kalahok na sektor, maitutulay ng Unang Pambansang Kongreso sa Wika ang ilang mga hamon at suliraning pangwika na matagal nang nabalewala sa ating lipunan, at magsimulang maitaas ang antas ng pakikilahok at diskurso ukol dito,” the President said.

“Nagpapasalamat ako sa kasalukuyang pamunuan ng Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino, sa inisyatibang likumin ang mga kaisipan at opinyon ng mga eksperto sa pagtitipong ito, gayundin sa masigasig na pagpapatupad ng mandato ng komisyon. Nananalig akong magiging mabunga ang Unang Pambansang Kongreso sa Wika, at magagamit tungo sa paghubog ng mas progresibong lipunan ang anumang resulta ng inyong talakayan,” he added.

The Filipino Language Month, which is embodied in Presidential Proclamation No. 1041 of 1997, is commemorated by the KWF every August. This year’s theme is “Wika Natin ang Daang Matuwid.”
Joining the President were KWF chairman Virgilio Almario and ADMU president Fr. Jose Ramon Villarin, S.J. PND (rck)

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Malacanang orders suspension of classes in all levels and work in government offices affected by Typhoon Maring
 
Malacanang ordered the suspension of classes in all levels and work in government offices in areas affected by Tropical Storm Maring and the enhanced southwest monsoon, a Palace official said on Monday.

Upon the recommendation of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. has ordered the suspension of classes in all levels over Pangasinan, Benguet, Bataan, Zambales, Tarlac, Pampanga, Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna, Cavite, Batangas, Occidental Mindoro and Metro Manila, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said in a statement issued on Monday.

"Likewise, the Executive Secretary has also ordered the suspension of work in the Government Offices in Metro Manila except those involved in disaster risk reduction and management, Lacierda said.

Metro Manila, Ilocos Region, CALABARZON and the provinces of Benguet, Zambales, Bataan, Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Bicol region will experience monsoon rains which may trigger flashfloods and landslides, the PAGASA said in its website. PND (js)

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Aquino wants more strict control, closer monitoring of Priority Development Assistance Fund
 
President Benigno S. Aquino III maintained his earlier stand against the outright abolition of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) saying he wanted stricter control and closer monitoring on the use of the fund to ensure that it goes to its intended use.

In an interview after keynoting the first Pambansang Kongreso ng Wika held at the Leong Hall of the Ateneo De Manila University in Quezon City on Monday, the President said the recent Commission on Audit report finding irregularities in the use and disbursement of the PDAF did not mean that the whole fund was “bad.”

He pointed out that the government is stepping up its efforts to bring the individuals involved in the scam to justice.

“Ang premise siguro ‘nun lahat ng paggamit of pork barrel mali. Pero palagay ko naman, ‘pag tiningnan natin ‘yung COA report, hindi nilalahat,” the President said.

“May tinutukoy na parte ng pork barrel o iyong paggamit ng PDAF na mali; at ‘yon tinutuluyan natin ng Number One, imbestigasyon. May kaso ng naisampa laban kay Ginang (Janet Lim) Napoles, may warrant of arrest na para sa kanya,” he added.

He cited as an example his stint as a congressman of Tarlac province where he used his pork barrel to fix a portion of the McArthur Highway that had frequently been left damaged due to rains and had greatly eased travel time to and from his province.

“For instance, noong ako po’y kongresista, ginamit ko ‘yung PDAF ko para maayos iyong MacArthur Highway. Alam naman po natin national road ‘yan. Hindi po dapat saklaw ng Congressional funds pero walang nag-aasikaso,” the President said.

“So lahat ho nakinabang ‘nung naisaayos natin ‘ang kalsadang ‘yan, lalo na ‘yung parte na binabaha parati tuwing tag-ulan, e dapat ba pinagtiis nalang natin --- para magpatuloy iyong paghihirap na dumaan sa Tarlac lalo na pagdating ng tag-ulan dahil nga nasisira ‘yung kalsada?,” he said.

“So tulad ng kahit anong bagay, merong mabuting paggamit, merong maling paggamit. Siguro ang makatuwirang gawin ay iyong maling paggamit ay talagang patungan ng kauukulang kaparusahan at iyong tama namang paggamit ay dapat nating matulungan dahil mas diretsong nakakatulong ito sa mga komunidad lalo na pagdating natin sa labas ng National Capital Region,” the President further said.
He stressed the importance of constant surveillance and due diligence in monitoring the disbursement and use of the PDAF.

“Kailangan pong merong tumututok doon sa kakulangan na hindi napupunuan ng national government at iyong kinatawan ng bawat distrito ang siyang mas nakakapag-ugnayan, at saka iyong mga local government units, para mas matukoy ng diretsuhan iyong mga pangangailangan ng bawat komunidad,” the President said.

“So ayusin iyong paggamit nito, dagdagan ng mga restrictions, gawing mas malawak ang tinatawag na mga safeguards at iyong monitoring ng mga implementation,” he said. PND (rck)

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President Aquino says government working hard to mitigate the effects of heavy rains
 
President Benigno S. Aquino III said concerned government agencies are working hard to carry out their tasks in mitigating the effects of the heavy rainfall.

In an interview following his attendance to the Pambansang Kongreso ng Wika at the Leong Hall of the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) in Quezon City on Monday, the Chief Executive said the Department of Public Works and Highways, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Department of Science and Technology, local government units and other concerned government agencies, started putting in place interventions to mitigate the effects of climate change.

"There are no fresh instructions. Instructions have already been given from the start—from the very first storm that we had to encounter. And, in fairness to the agencies you mentioned, MMDA in particular, kagabi pa sila naglilinis ng mga trash," he said.

"'Yung paglilikas sa ating mga kababayan na nasa danger zones --- testigo naman kayo na nag-umpisa na po ito. ‘Yung unang grupo na apektado ng San Juan River dinala na sa San Jose del Monte, Bulacan at mas panatag na ang loob nila doon sa San Jose del Monte, Bulacan. ‘Yung second group is ongoing dito naman sa side ng Quezon City," the President said.

He also cited the readiness of local government units in responding to the effects of heavy rainfall.

"Yung Marikina, kausap natin si Mayor Del de Guzman kahapon, siguro sometime between 8:00 and 9:00, at nag-first warning na at mukhang ready na ready na sila sa pagbagsak nga nitong maraming tubig dahil sa kasalukuyang ulan," he said.

Aware of the country’s vulnerabilities to the effects of climate change, President Aquino said the government has put in place the policy framework and implementing mechanisms at the national and local levels.

To mitigate effects of climate change and disasters, the government had already crafted the Master Plan for Flood Management in Metro Manila and Surrounding Areas, using the river basin approach to flood management.

The Plan will provide a sustainable long-term flood management strategy to be fully implemented up to 2035, covering not only Metro Manila, but also the surrounding provinces. PND (js)

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President Aquino to be guest of honor and speaker at ‘Laban Ni Ninoy’ Photo Exhibit
 
President Benigno S. Aquino III will be the guest of honor and speaker at the opening of "Laban Ni Ninoy" Photo Exhibit that will be held at the Ayala Malls Trinoma, Quezon City, on Tuesday.

Upon arrival, the Chief Executive, to be excorted by Sonny Camarillo, will view the photo exhibit to be held on the 4th floor of the Cinema Lobby, Ayala Malls Trinoma. He will then attend the program where he is expected to deliver his speech.

Joining the President are Camarillo, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio "Sonny" Coloma Jr, among others.

Camarillo, a practicing freelance photojournalist since the mid-70s, will hold the "Laban ni Ninoy" Photo Exhibit in celebration of the 30th Death Anniversary of former Senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr .

The photojournalist had mounted numerous photo exhibits, centering on the 1986 Edsa People Power Revolution. This time, he conceptualized a visual presentation to commemorate Ninoy's death anniversary entitled "Laban ni Ninoy".

The exhibit is a chronicle of events in pictures from the time of his wake and funeral march to the subsequent rallies and street parliaments and other mass demonstrations. Many believe that the murder of Ninoy Aquino fueled the 1986 Edsa Revolution.

The photo exhibit is aimed at educating the viewers, especially the youth on the values of freedom and democracy, fought by our forefathers from Lapu-lapu, Jose Rizal, Andres Bonifacio to our soldiers who shed blood in Bataan and Corregidor, to the hundreds of thousands of Filipinos who risked their lives during the historic Edsa Revolution, and to Ninoy Aquino who bannered, "The Filipino is worth dying for." PND (js)

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