President Aquino commends
'Jesus is Lord' during anniversary, acknowledges contribution to
President Benigno S. Aquino III acknowledged the contribution of the Jesus
is Lord (JIL) Church on Friday during the congregation's 36th founding
anniversary celebration at the Rizal Park.
In his speech during Friday's
event, the President said Jesus Is Lord Church Worldwide, founded evangelist
Bro. Eddie Villanueva, became instrumental in fighting poverty and industry
during a period when the country was experiencing uncertainty.
"Sinisikap ng inyo pong kongregasyon na gabayan ang inyong mga kasapi sa
kanilang mga desisyon sa buhay, at humanap ng maiging paraan upang tugunan
ang problema," the President said.
At the same time, the President expressed his gratitude to the leadership
of Jesus Is Lord Church for helping his administration fight corruption and
uplift the living condition of the Filipino people.
"Makakaasa kayong dodoblehin pa ng inyong gobyerno ang pagsisikap nitong
maghatid ng malawakan at pangmatagalang benepisyo sa mas nakakaraming
Pilipino," the President said.
"Sa tulong ng inyong lumalagong samahan, nananalig ako sa pagdami pa ng
mga Pilipinong magsasabuhay ng dakilang aral ng Panginoon."
The President also acknowledged the contribution of the other members of
the Villanueva family such as TESDA Dir. Gen. Joel Villanueva.
He said the agency has improved a lot. Citing data from the Department of
Budget and Management, he said that only 28.5 percent of TESDA scholars
found jobs from 2006 to 2008.
"Sa matuwid na pamamahala sa ahensya, nagtala ng general average na 68.5
percent employment rate ang mga nagtapos ng Training for Work Scholarship
Program ng TESDA noong 2012," he said.
There is an employment rate of 96 percent for those who graduated from
tech-voc training under TESDA and Semiconductor and Electronics Industries
in the Philippines starting April until September 2014, he added.
Rep. Sherwin Tugna, Bro Eddie Villanueva's son in law, is also one of the
administration's pillars in Congress, a government partner in spearheading
accountability in public service, he said.
The theme of JIL's 36th founding anniversary celebration this year is
"Pursue Peace and Be Holy, Without Which No One Can See God." PND (as)
Malacanang welcomes Lonely
Planet's recognition of Philippine tourism
The Palace welcomed Saturday another recognition for the country's tourism
sector after it was named "a must-see destination in 2015" by travel guide
publisher Lonely Planet.
"Ikinagagalak natin ‘yan sapagkat talaga namang ikinararangal ng ating bansa
ang pagkakaroon ng pinakamagagandang isla at magagandang natural endowments
kaya naman dinarayo ito ng mga mamamayan mula sa iba’t ibang panig ng mundo,"
Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr of the Presidential Communications Operations
Office said in a radio interview Saturday.
"At bukod pa riyan, ang likas na pagiging mabait at pagiging hospitable ng
ating mga kababayan, na kung saan ay talagang ipinararamdam sa mga
bumibisita na parang hindi sila umalis sa kanilang tahanan o bayan. At bukod
pa riyan, it’s really ‘more fun in the Philippines,'" he told dzRB Radyo ng
Lonely Planet, the largest travel book guide publisher, named the
Philippines as one of the best countries to visit in 2015.
The travel guide publisher ranked the Philippines eighth in its yearly "Best
in Travel - Countries" noting that the country's placement is long overdue.
Lonely Planet praised the country's coral reefs, coastlines, and also noted
the Philippines' love of street parades, food festivals, and live musical
events, which gave the country a "cabaret atmosphere" almost every night.
Other countries in the Lonely Planet's "Best in Travel" list include
Singapore, Namibia, Lithuania, Nicaragua, Ireland, Republic of Congo,
Serbia, St. Lucia and Morocco. PND (as)
Government has enough
measures to fend off Ebola virus, says official
Philippine health authorities have strengthened the mechanism to fight Ebola
virus especially with the expected influx of Filipinos returning to the
country for the Christmas season.
It was reported that a health worker in New York tested positive for Ebola
virus after working in Africa. New York has a large concentration of
"Pinapalakas pa ng ating pamahalaan ang paglatag ng epektibo at matatag na
depensa laban sa Ebola virus," Presidential Communications Operations Office
Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr said regarding the government response on Ebola
"Palagiang binabanggit ng Pangulo na sa dami ng Pilipinong nasa labas ng
bansa, ay inaasahan nating marami rin sa kanila ang uuwi sa panahon ng
Kapaskuhan, kinakailangang palakasin natin at paigihin pa ang mga sistema
para tiyakin na tayo ay hindi maaapektuhan o hindi lalaganap ang deadly
virus na ito sa ating bansa," he told dzRB Radyo ng Bayan on Saturday.
He added that all concerned government agencies are doing the necessary
preparations and precautions to prevent Ebola from affecting Filipinos.
For instance, the President instructed government agencies to prepare for
the possible repatriation of Filipino peacekeepers from Africa, the hotbed
of Ebola infections.
The Philippines has a contingent of peacekeepers in Liberia, one of the
African countries with highest number of infections.
And for Filipinos coming from other destinations who could be possible
carriers of Ebola, they will go through strict screening and quarantine,
"Kung mayroon pong matutunton na mayroong sintomas ng Ebola, ang tawag po
dito ay flu-like symptoms, agad po silang dapat na i-isolate at ilagay sa
proper facilities na kung saan ay agad na matutunton ‘yung kanilang
kondisyon at maihihiwalay po sila para mailayo po sa panganib ang karamihan
sa ating mamamayan," he explained.
If there are individuals who will be tested positive, like the country's
experience on MERS-CoV (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) coronavirus, the
government will carry out extensive contact tracing, he added.
"Kaya sa lahat po ng aspeto, pinalalakas natin, pinatatatag natin ang
kahandaan ng ating bansa simula doon sa pinanggagalingan mismo ng Ebola na
ang pinaka-hotbed nga ay ‘yung West Africa, at inihahanda na ang mga
nararapat na hakbang," Coloma said. PND (as)
President Aquino to inspect bus terminals, airport
next week prior to All Saints' Day
All concerned government agencies are already doing the necessary
preparations for the influx of people going to the provinces for All Saints’
Day, a Palace official said.
"Siyempre po ay pinaghahanda ang lahat ng mga ahensya na may tuwirang
partisipasyon sa pagtulong sa ating mga mamamayan na magkaroon ng ligtas at
kombinyenteng pagbiyahe," Presidential Communications Operations Office
Secretary Herminio Coloma said about the government preparations.
Coloma said that the President will visit bus terminals, airports and
seaports like what he customarily does before the All Saints' Day
He added that he expects that the management of airports, bus terminals and
seaports are also doing the preparations for the expected exodus of people
before All Saints' Day.
"‘Yun namang mga kompanya ng transportasyon ay iginagayak na rin ang
kanilang mga sasakyan, tinitiyak na ang mga ito ay magiging handa para sa
inaasahan nating pagkilos at paglakbay ng maraming Pilipino," he said during
an interview over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan on Saturday.
"Sa karanasan natin, ito ang panahon ng taon na pinakamaraming Pilipino ang
umuuwi sa kanilang mga hometown at pinaparangalan ang kanilang mahal sa
buhay na pumanaw."
Coloma also said that the Department of Labor and Employment already
declared November 1, All Saints’ Day, a special non-working day in the
The labor department also issued a guideline on the grant of holiday pays to
employees, Coloma added. PND (as)