Malacanang confident budget concerns of Commission on Election will be addressed soon
Malacanang expressed confidence that the budget concerns of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) will be addressed by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) soon.
In a press briefing aired over government owned dzRB Radyo ng Bayan, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said that officials from both departments had begun discussions into the budget requirements of the COMELEC which had undergone severe cuts in the proposed 2013 General Appropriations Act.
COMELEC chair Sixto Brillantes warned last week the possibility of next year’s midterm elections reverting back to manual counting after the DBM slashed the Commission’s budget from P24-billion to P8-billion.
“Yes we are confident (that the DBM and Comelec will come to a resolution regarding the budget concerns of the Comelec),” Valte said.
In fact, the budget officers of the DBM and Comelec met last week to start reconciling and addressing the concerns of the Comelec,” she added. (rck)
Government disaster agencies all set for onslaught of tropical storm 'Gener'
Malacañang assured the public that the government and its disaster preparedness agencies are on alert and are ready to respond to any distress that may occur as tropical storm “Gener” (international code name Saola) moves towards extreme Northern Luzon.
Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte gave the assurance in a press briefing aired over government owned dzRB Radyo ng Bayan on Sunday.
She said the concerned agencies such as the National Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council, the Departments of Public Works and Highways, Interior and Local Government, Social Welfare and Development, and Health are ready to assist any of the affected local government units from the effects of "Gener."
“And, as usual—as is our usual protocol—nakahanda po ‘yung mga regional offices ng national government agencies to help augment the actions of our local government units sakali pong kakailanganin nila,” Valte said.
“…‘yung mga quick response teams po ng DPWH for road clearing, ‘yung DSWD po for evacuation centers and for prepositioned relief goods, DOH also for the prepositioned medicines that may be needed...sana hindi naman kailanganin pero maibibigay naman po lahat ng ‘yan nang agaran sa mga local government units,” she added.
Valte called on the Filipino people to be on the alert and heed the storm warnings issued by the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) and other concerned government agencies in order to prevent any untoward incidents from happening.
“Kapag sinabi po ng mga awtoridad na kailangan tayong lumikas, sana po tayo ay makinig para maiwasan naman ang pinsala sa buhay at sa mga properties po natin. Mas mahalaga ang ating kaligtasan kaysa maiwanan, o mabantayan ang bahay natin o kung ano pa man. Mas importante sana makipag-cooperate sa mga awtoridad at maging handa. Maghintay po tayo ng mga babala na galing sa PAGASA,” Valte said.
According to PAGASA, tropical storm "Gener" was last spotted 310 kilometers east of Casiguran, Aurora, moving west northwest at 15 kilometers per hour. It has a maximum sustained winds of 85 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 100 kilometers per hour. (rck)