Aquino declares August 2 special non-working day in Kabangkalan City,
Negros Occidental in celebration of 16th Charter Day
President Benigno S. Aquino III has declared August 2, which falls on a
Friday, as a special (non-working) day in the city of Kabankalan in the
province of Negros Occidental in celebration of its 16th Charter Day.
The Chief Executive issued the declaration through Proclamation No. 622
signed by Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. on July 12 to give the
people of Kabankalan the full opportunity to celebrate and participate in
the occasion with appropriate ceremonies.
The town of Kabankalan was declared by former president Fidel V. Ramos as a
chartered city on August 2, 1997, under Republic Act No. 8297. PND (js)
President Aquino cites Association
of Safety and Health Training Organizations of the Philippines for its
dynamic contribution to country’s development
President Benigno S. Aquino III cited the Association of
Safety and Health Training Organizations of the Philippines (ASHTOP) for its
dynamic contributions towards equitable progress.
"Occupational safety is a vital component of our collective task to further
unify the public and private sectors. In this light, your specialization
adds strength to the foundations we have laid in securing inclusive growth,"
the Chief Executive said in his message to ASHTOP on the occasion of the 3rd
ASHTOP National Congress.
The ASHTOP will hold the two-day 3rd ASHTOP National Congress which has for
its theme "Public & Private Partnership in Occupational Safety and Health"
at the Subic Bay Travelers Hotel in Olongapo City on July 25 and 26.
"As you promote health and safety in behalf of the Filipino workforce, may
you help generate more effective results among our public-private
partnership programs. May your members remain passionate in this significant
undertaking," the President said.
The President called on the association to work with the government in
creating a more conducive atmosphere of cooperation among our institutions
to accelerate Philippine development.
"May this occasion empower you further in your dynamic contributions towards
stability and lasting, equitable progress," he said. PND (js)
President Aquino lays down the
principles and reforms that shaped the proposed P2.268 trillion National
Budget for 2014
President Benigno S. Aquino III laid down the principles
and reforms that shaped the proposed P2.268-trillion National Budget for
In his 2014 Budget Message, the Chief Executive said the 2014 National
Budget will support his administration's agenda for Inclusive Development.
The key reforms include the Performance-Informed Budgeting, Tighter Budget
Prioritization for Inclusive Development, Better Collaboration as the New
Standard in Government, Enabling the Private Sector as Engine of Economic
Growth,Transparency at the Core of Effective Public Financial Management and
Empowering the Citizenry Through the Budget.
"For this Proposed Budget for 2014, we embark on a bold move to change the
way the Budget is presented. With the Performance-Informed Budget Structure
(PIB), each peso is now presented alongside the results that we want to
achieve," the President said.
Before, the annual Budget presented an incomprehensible mix of financial
numbers. With the PIB, the Budget has a new face which presents each peso
together with the outcomes, outputs and performance targets that government
agencies commit to achieve with their respective budgets.
In preparing the 2014 Budget, the President said the government issued a
Budget Priorities Framework that enjoins all agencies to design their
respective proposals along program priorities with the Key Result Areas of
the Aquino Social Contract.
"This Budget Priorities Framework also identifies geographic focus areas
where our poorest people are and where great potential lies. We have
directed these departments to not only prioritize their resources for these
programs and areas but also tighten their collaboration in these areas for
greater impact," the President stressed.
The President said Budget was designed not in the usual way, where agencies
competed against each other for a share of scarce national resources. With
the Program Budgeting Approach, government agencies moved out of their silos
to converge their efforts and resources along priority programs.
"Sa pagsasakatuparan ng ating Social Contract, mahalagang siguruhin na
nagbubukluran—at hindi nagkakanya-kanya—ang bawat institusyon ng ating
pamahalaan," he said.
He acknowledged that government spending alone is not enough to push growth
upwards. Thus, he underscored the need for the administration to create the
right environment for the private sector to flourish.
"As we do our part in establishing the right environment for growth, the
private sector must likewise fulfill its role as engine of economic growth,"
This Budget seeks to sustain macroeconomic stability, promote the
streamlining of business processes and invest in the needed public goods
In line with the Public Financial Management Reform Roadmap, the government
will move towards a Budget-as-Release Document regime in 2014.
"Last year, we announced the move toward a Budget-as-Release-Document Regime
through the 2014 Budget. This regime promotes predictability and speed in
budgetary releases, as well as in implementation, as the budgets of
agencies—except for those that need prior clearance, to be contained in a
negative list—are considered as released as soon as the Budget is enacted,"
In crafting the 2014 Budget, the government expanded mechanisms for
citizen's meaningful participation in the budget process.
"We introduced the process of Budget Partnership Agreements between
government agencies, corporations, and civil society organizations and
piloted it in crafting the 2012 Budget. In this process, government agencies
and civil society organizations partners enter into a formal partnership in
the review of the budgets, programs, and projects of the agencies, as well
as in the crafting of their budget proposals for the following fiscal year,"
he said. PND (js)
Government vows transparent, real public
consultation for the planned MRT, LRT fare hikes
Malacanang assured Wednesday on the conduct of a
transparent and real public consultation before the government adjusts the
rates of the Metro Rail Transit and Light Rail Transit as mentioned by the
President in his 4th State-of-the-Nation Address on Monday.
“Yes, you can be assured of a transparent, real public
consultation. And they will inform the public, all the stakeholders. It is
going to be a free public consultation,” Presidential spokesman Edwin
Lacierda when asked by reporters in a press briefing in Malacanang.
The Department of Transportation and Communication
(DOTC) is currently studying the MRT and LRT rates as spelled out by the
President in his SONA, Lacierda said.
The DOTC will also follow all the requirements for
the conduct of public consultation before a fare hike is implemented,
according to the Palace official.
The President laid down the reasons why there is a
need to adjust the fares of the MRT and LRT considering its toll on the
country’s financial condition and the ability of the MRT and LRT managements
to provide better services to the riding public, Lacierda said.
In his SONA on Monday, the President criticized
previous officials for delaying fare increases in the MRT and LRT at the
expense of public good.
The LRT rate is P40 for each passenger, with the
government subsidizing P25 for every LRT passenger. Every passenger only
pays P15 per ride.
MRT’s original fare rate is P60 but every passenger
only pays P15. This means the government shoulders P45 for every passenger.
“Nasa Mindanao ka o Visayas ka man, na ni minsan ay
hindi nakatuntong sa LRT o MRT, kasama ka sa pumapasan nito,” President
Former officials have also given away the
commercial development rights for the LRT and MRT, which could generate
advertizing revenues that could augment LRT and MRT operations.
“Ang puwede sanang pagkunan ng pantustos sa
maintenance at operasyon, nawala pa.
Siguro naman po, makatuwirang ilapit man lang natin
sa ibinabayad sa aircon bus ang pasahe ng LRT at MRT, upang maituon ang
subsidiya sa iba pang serbisyong panlipunan,” the President said. PND (as)
Aquino in good health condition, says
President Benigno S. Aquino III is in the pink of health
and the public should not worry about his health condition, a Palace
official said on Wednesday.
Medical Association, expressing concern over the Presidents health
condition, had advised the President to undergo a full executive check-up
after his coughing episode during his State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA) on
But Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said in a
press briefing in Malacanang on Wednesday that there is no concern over the
health of the President and he could very well fulfill his function as chief
“The President is in good condition, good health.
Sa haba ng pagsasalita niya, walang patid na talumpati, siguro naman kahit
sino ay masasamid o mauubo nang kaunti,” he said.
Still health experts underscored the need for the
chief executive to be always in tip-top shape as he confronts enormous tasks
with limited time to rest. It was noted that speaking lengthily, as the
President did last Monday, could dry up the pharynx which leads to coughing.
Pharynx dryness without lubrication is what stimulates the coughing reflex.
Considering the age of the President, who is in his
50’s, a chronic smoker and with a family history of cancer, are the reasons
for him to undergo a full executive checkup, they added.
The President’s mother, the late President Corazon
Aquino, died of colon cancer on August 2009.
An executive checkup involves a complete physical
examination and consultation by a qualified physician. PND (as)