Friday, 28 October 2011

PIA News Dipatch - Friday, October 28, 2011

Aquino to visit parents’ grave on Monday

President Benigno S. Aquino III and his sisters will pay respect to their parents, the late Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. and former president Corazon Aquino on Monday, October 31 at the Manila Memorial Park in Parañaque City, a Palace official said on Friday.

The Chief Executive and his sisters preferred to go to the cemetery the day before the All Saints Day to have quality time to offer prayers for their parents and have private moments among themselves, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said during the regular press briefing in Malacanang on Friday.

Lacierda said the influx of people visiting their departed loved ones on All Saints Day will make it difficult for the Chief Executive and his sisters to have private moments during the visit at the cemetery.

"They would like to honor the memories of their parents peacefully and quietly and they feel that October 31 is the appropriate time to visit their parents," Lacierda said.

Lacierda assured that concerned government agencies started doing necessary preparations for the observance of All Saints Day and All Souls Day.

As part of the Ligtas na Undas plan, Lacierda said Transportation and Communications Secretary Manuel Roxas III ordered the deployment of a contingency force to ensure the safety of passengers and adequacy of transportation alternatives amid an expected heavy influx of travelers on All Saints Day.

"The Philippine National Police is on full alert. We have made the necessary preparations to ensure peaceful and orderly observance of Undas," he said. (PCOO)

Coloma to attend UNESCO conference on Communication, Information

Presidential Communications and Operations Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma leaves for Paris, France, this weekend to attend the 36th Session of the United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) General Conference on Communication and Information.

Coloma, the chairman of the Committee on Information and Communication of the Philippine Unesco National Commission, will attend Unesco’s general conference on November 1 to 3.

The Philippines was chosen to become the vice chair of the Information for All Programme Bureau, the governing council of the conference. Coloma holds that position representing the Philippines.

The Philippines is expected to express its strong support for the Communication and Information Commission’s continuing promotion of press freedom in the Philippines. Freedom of expression and information are the hallmarks of President Benigno S. Aquino III’s social contract with the Filipino people.

The Philippines acknowledges the functions of the International Program for the Development of Communication (IPDC) for the safety and welfare of journalists. Coloma said the Philippines is committed to solving media killings happening in the Philippines.

To address this concern, the Aquino administration is prioritizing the passage of a legislative measure known as “Witness Protection, Security and Benefit Act.”

The Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) have been working together to enhance initiatives that will put an end to media killings in the country.

The National Commission, with the support of Unesco, under its participation programme is currently undertaking a pioneering multidisciplinary inquiry on the culture of impunity in the killings of Filipino journalists.

Aside from addressing violence against media, the Philippines also adopted the Communication for Development, a Unesco-inspired program, as framework for its public communication program that now evolves towards Public Service Broadcasting.

During the general conference, the Philippines is expected to express its support to the report of Unesco on the use of the Internet for effective communication and development, as well as to the Unesco’s resolution on documentary heritage.

The General Conference is Unesco’s highest ruling body. One of the highlights of this year’s session will be a special plenary meeting on November 2 devoted to the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the adoption of Unesco’s Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity.

The draft programme and budget being considered by the General Conference gives priority to sustainable development, the development of a culture of peace and non-violence with a special emphasis on gender equality, youth, education for all focus on Africa, least developed countries, small islands developing states and the most vulnerable segments of society.

The General Conference will also begin work on the Organization’s next Medium-Term Strategy for 2014-2019.

Coloma will be joined in his Paris trip by Eric Canoy, chairman and chief executive officer of the Radio Mindanao Network (RMN) and IBC Channel 13. Canoy is Coloma’s co-delegate to the Communication and Information commission. (PCOO)

Aquino orders three cabinet secretaries to pursue government’s peace and order plan in Mindanao, provide assistance to displaced residents

Upon orders of President Benigno S. Aquino III, three concerned cabinet secretaries of the government are presently in Mindanao to attend to a series of meetings with the peace and order councils there, assess the situation and provide the needs of those who were displaced due to the military operations in the area.

In a press briefing at the Palace, Friday, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said that Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman and Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Secretary Teresita “Ging” Delez are presently in Zamboanga Sibugay to pursue the government’s peace and order plan and provide assistance to the locals in the affected area.

“Secretaries Jesse Robredo, Dinky Soliman and Ging Delez are presently in Zamboanga Sibugay and they just came from Basilan where they had a fruitful meeting with the peace and order council,” Lacierda said.

“Secretary Dinky Soliman gave two million pesos to the Basilan governor for the cash for work program, as you know we are also providing assistance to displaced citizens there,” he continued.

Apart from their meeting with the peace and order council in Zamboanga Sibugay, Lacierda bared that the government will also provide a total of ten million pesos covering the five municipalities for the ‘cash for work’ program that would involve those who will be tasked to rebuild and reconstruct the communities for the immediate return of the people affected in the said areas.

Aside from the cash assistance, the government has also prepared at least one million food packs for the displaced families.

“We are also facilitating the quick return of displaced families to their places of origin ensuring that the DSWD through the LGUs that their needs are met …that is the reason why we have provided the cash for work program and also the relief assistance,” he added.

Lacierda added that government is exerting efforts to ensure the involvement of local government units’ in the administration’s plan for peace and progress in Mindanao.

Coinciding with these rebuilding efforts in the affected areas Lacierda assured that the government will still continue to pursue the lawless elements in the area, who are not necessarily members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

The past week, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has launched operations against lawless elements and to secure the areas where skirmishes occurred. (PCOO)