President Aquino commemorates
Apolinario Mabini's 150th birth anniversary
(TANAUAN CITY, Batangas) President Benigno S. Aquino III on Wednesday led
the commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary of Apolinario Mabini, whose
contributions strengthened the foundation of Philippine democracy.
"Si Mabini ang kumakatawan sa talino ng Pilipino—talinong ibinuhos niya sa
pagpanday ng mga prinsipyo at sistemang nagbigay-hugis sa isang malayang
lipunan," the President said in his speech at the Apolinario Mabini Shrine
in this city.
He cited three concepts by Mabini that the present administration tries to
First, Mabini highlighted the importance of following a mandate as the
foundation of governance, the President said, noting that the strength of
the state emanates from the people.
Looking back, he said Mabini spearheaded the conduct of the first local
election in the country in August 1898.
Mabini also led the formation of the country’s first legislature in Malolos,
Bulacan in 1898, he said, noting that this body elected Emilio Aguinaldo as
president in January 1899 to replace the revolutionary government that
declared Philippine independence in Kawit, Cavite on June 12, 1898.
Second, Mabini instilled the concept of public service in the Filipino
people's consciousness, President Aquino said.
"Ang paniniwala niya: Kung sa taumbayan nagbubukal ang kapangyarihan, dapat
lang itong gamitin sa ikabubuti nila," he said.
And third, according to Mabini, public institutions were formed to serve the
interests of the people, and as such, the government must not hold back in
providing services to the people, he said.
"Sa harap ng Malolos Congress, idiniin ni Mabini ang pangangailangan ng
ehekutibong maging mabilis, maliksi, at buo ang loob, dahil trabaho nitong
matugunan ang pangangailangan ng taumbayan sa lalong madaling panahon,"
President Aquino said.
Pointing out that Mabini had once called on the legislators to work with the
executive branch of the government in fulfilling its mandate to the people,
the Chief Executive said that Mabini's concept on governance is relevant to
modern times, such as in the implementation of the Disbursement Acceleration
While parts of the DAP were declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court,
the President said the program has benefited the people in many ways.
As Mabini said, whatever power a leader possesses, he must always bear in
mind that the people's welfare is his paramount concern, President Aquino
With the President during Wednesday's event were Interior and Local
Government Secretary Manuel Roxas, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima,
Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Sonny Coloma, Jr.,
Congressman Sonny Collantes, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Amando
Tetangco, Jr., Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Lt. Gen.
Gregorio Catapang, and Philippine National Police Chief Director General
Alan Purisima. PND (as)
President Aquino cites more projects funded
(TANAUAN CITY, Batangas) President Benigno S. Aquino
III on Wednesday identified more projects funded by the Disbursement
Acceleration Program (DAP).
In his message during the commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary of
Apolinario Mabini here, the President said the government had allotted P1.6
billion in DAP funds for TESDA programs to train 223,615 scholars, spending
more than P7,000 per person.
Some 66 percent or 146,731 of the graduates are now employed, he said.
"Ang natitira pong 34 percent, tinutulungan na rin ngayon at tinutulungan pa
rin ng TESDA na makahanap ng kani-kanilang mga trabaho. Lahat po sila,
nakalista ang pangalan, tirahan, at telepono; bukas po ito sa lahat at
puwedeng siyasatin ninuman," he said.
The public also benefited from the DREAM-LiDAR project under Project NOAH of
the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), which received funding from
the DAP, the Chief Executive said, adding that through the project, experts
are now able to disseminate reliable information on weather disturbances.
This gives local government units enough time to evacuate people from danger
zones, as what Albay Governor Joey Salceda did during the recent onslaught
of Typhoon ‘Glenda,' the President explained, noting that, as a result,
Albay posted zero casualty during the storm.
In the tourism sector, of the 202 roads that were constructed to connect
priority destinations in the country to major hubs, 66 were built in 2012,
using P5 billion in DAP funds, he said.
"Ang mga kalsadang ito ang maghahatid—at ang iba nga sa kanila ay naghahatid
na—ng ginhawa sa mga turista. At sa kanilang pagdating, direktang
nakikinabang ang mga kababayan nating umaasa sa sektor ng turismo," he said.
The President further pointed out that in July 2012, the Supreme Court
posted a savings of P1.8 billion, which was meant to augment the fund for
the construction of the Manila Hall of Justice.
“Ang problema lang po, nasa ilalim ng Department of Justice ang item ng
ating budget para sa proyektong ito. Karugtong po nito ang ikalawa nating
halimbawa. Noong taong pareho, 2012, may 100 million piso ang budget ng DOJ
para sa Manila Hall of Justice. Nakatanggap po tayo ng sulat mula sa Korte
Suprema, naglalaman ng isang hiling. Ipinalilipat po nila ang mga pondo para
maipatayo ang mga gusaling magbabahay ng mga korte,” he said.
The High Court however withdrew the request in
December 2013, when the implementation of the DAP became an issue.
President Aquino cited this as an example of
cross-border transfer, or the allocation of funds from one branch of
government to another.
“Ididiin ko lang po: Nang sinimulan natin ang DAP,
nariyan na ang Sections 38, 39, at 49 ng ating Administrative Code. Ang
ginawa nating pamamaraan ay ginawa na rin naman ng mga naunang
administrasyon. At dahil nga po ginawa rin ito ng Korte Suprema, lalong
tumibay ang ating paniniwala na nasa tama ang ating mga kilos,” he said.
The President reiterated that the implementation of
the DAP had a lawful basis, and as such, the Executive branch has asked the
Supreme Court to reassess its decision to declare parts of the program
The High Court has ruled that the DAP is unconstitutional, saying the
President had violated the Constitution by using or transferring funds
without proper mandate from Congress. PND (as)
President Aquino issues proclamation declaring
holidays for year 2015
President Benigno S. Aquino III has issued a
proclamation declaring all national holidays to be observed for the year
Malacañang on Wednesday released a copy of
Proclamation No. 831, which was signed
by the President on July 17.
The proclamation listed 18 holidays, with eight long weekends to be expected
New Year’s Day - January 1
(Thursday); Maundy Thursday – April 2; Good Friday – April 3; Araw ng
Kagitingan – April 9
(Thursday); Labor Day – May 1 (Friday);
Independence Day – June 12 (Friday); National Heroes Day -- August 31 (last
August); Bonifacio Day –November 30 (Monday);
Christmas Day – December 25 (Friday); and Rizal Day – December 30
Special (Non-Working) Days:
Chinese New Year – February 19 (Thursday); Black
Saturday – April 4; Ninoy Aquino Day – August 21 (Friday); and All Saints
Day – November 1 (Sunday)
Additional Special Non-Working Days:
January 2 (Friday); December 24 (Thursday); and
December 31 (Thursday)
Special Holiday (for all schools):
EDSA Revolution Anniversary – February 25
Meanwhile, the proclamations declaring national holidays for the observance
of Eid’l Fitr and Eidul Adha shall be issued after the dates have been
determined in accordance with the Islamic calendar.
The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos is tasked to inform the Office
of the President on which days the two holidays will fall. PND (jb)
President Aquino appoints two new Central Bank
Monetary Board members
President Benigno S. Aquino III on July 21 appointed
two new members of the Monetary Board of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).
Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr.
said Wednesday that Juan D. de Zuniga, Jr. and Valentin A. Araneta were
appointed for a six-year term of office.
De Zuniga, 66, served as BSP deputy governor from 2010 to 2013; as BSP
assistant governor and general counsel from 2003 to 2010; and as BSP general
counsel from 2000 to 2003.
He was also vice president/executive vice president of the Bank of Commerce
from 1992 to 2000. He graduated from the Far Eastern University with a
bachelor’s degree in political science.
Meanwhile, Araneta, 65, served as president and chief executive officer of
the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation; and as member of the Executive
Council and chairman of the Audit Committee of the International Association
of Deposit Insurers.
He also worked as independent director of the Metropolitan Bank and Trust
Company from 2004 to 2011.
Araneta earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from the Ateneo de Manila
University. PND (ag)