President Aquino leads ceremonial switch-on of 97 sitios at 62nd Founding Anniversary of Occidental Mindoro
(MAMBURAO, Occidental Mindoro) President Benigno S. Aquino III re-affirmed his full support to the country’s Rural Electrification Program when he led the ceremonial switch-on of 97 sitios in celebration of the 62nd Founding Anniversary of Occidental, Mindoro on Thursday here.
The Chief Executive, who was the guest of honor and speaker during the anniversary celebration, was assisted by local officials led by Occidental Mindoro Governor Josephine Y. Ramirez-Sato held at the Provincial Capitol Compound. This year’s anniversary theme is “Matuwid na Daan Tungo sa Pagbabago.”
He was welcomed by Occidental Mindoro Governor Josephine Y. Ramirez-Sato, Occidental Mindoro Vice Governor Mario Gene J. Mendiola and Paluan (Occidental Mindoro) Mayor Abelardo S. Pangilinan.
Gov. Sato said President Aquino is the second president, after his mother late President Corazon C. Aquino, to visit Mamburao.
The 97 sitios represent the areas covered by the Occidental Mindoro Electric Cooperative Inc. (OMECO) and the Lubang Electric Cooperative, Inc. (LUBELCO).
By the end of December 2012, the OMECO and the LUBELCO intend to energize 38 more sitios in the province.
The Aquino government has put electrification at the forefront of the country's development measures through the Sitio Electrification Program (SEP) which is being implemented by the National Electrification Administration (NEA) and the electric cooperatives (ECs) nationwide.
The program involves the electrification of grid and off-grid sitios through the electric cooperatives.
Aside from the ceremonial switch-on of the sitios, President Aquino also led the ceremonial inauguration of the Mompong Yapang Bridge located in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro. He was assisted by Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson, DPWH and Occidental Mindoro officials.
Later, the President also administered the oath-taking of new officials and members of the Liberal Party- Occidental Mindoro. PND (js)
President Aquino inaugurates P176-million Mompong Yapang Bridge in Occidental Mindoro
(MAMBURAO, Occidental Mindoro) President Benigno S. Aquino III opened on Thursday the P176 million Mompong Yapang Bridge here in celebration of the province’s 62nd Founding Anniversary.
The Chief Executive, assisted by Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson, Occidental Mindoro Governor Josephine Y. Ramirez-Sato, Occidental Mindoro Vice Governor Mario Gene J. Mendiola and Paluan (Occidental Mindoro) Mayor Abelardo S. Pangilinan, led the pressing of the button to signal the formal opening of the bridge.
Constructed by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the bridge is located in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro.
With the completion of the 150-lineal meter bridge, the travel time between San Jose and Mamburao is reduced from four hours to three hours. The newly-completed bridge will significantly improve the access to markets of farm products which are the main sources of income in the mainly agricultural areas.
The inauguration of the bridge also paved the way for the government to easily provide the people of various social services such as health and education.
The bridge is part of the Spanish government's Official Development Assistance (ODA) loan with a total amount of 30.3 Million Euro (equivalent to P1.8 Billion) which covers the supply of steel bridges and related services for 91 bridges in various parts of the country with a total length of 3,675 lineal meters.
The bridge program is part of the Aquino government's thrust of making all national bridges permanent by 2016. PND (js)
President Aquino assures government continues to implement infrastructure and electrification projects throughout the country particularly in rural areas
(MAMBURAO, Occidental Mindoro) President Benigno S. Aquino III assured that the government continues to implement major infrastructure and electrification projects to further develop the agriculture, commercial and tourism industries throughout the country, particularly in rural areas.
In his speech during the 62nd Founding Anniversary of Occidental Mindoro which has for its theme "Matuwid na Daan Tungo sa Pagbabago at Kaunlaran" held at the Provincial Capitol Compound in Mamburao on Thursday, the Chief Executive said the Department of Energy and the National Electrification Administration, in cooperation with electric cooperatives (ECs), are working together in carrying out the electrification project in the country.
"Sa pangunguna naman po ng National Electrification Administration ng Department of Energy, inaasahan natin pagdating ng 2016, mapapailawan na ang lahat ng sitio. Dito sa inyong probinsiya po, 97 sitios na ang naikabait sa grid mula Oktubre 2011 hanggang Oktubre 2012. Dadagdagan pa natin ito hanggang 135 sitios pagdating ng Disyembre," President Aquino stressed.
"So, ang pangako ko sa inyo, 2016 tapos iyan. Pero palagay ko, pare-pareho tayong hindi magagalit kung mas maaga pang mapakuryentehan iyan," he said.
President Aquino III said that a slew of infrastructure projects, including the newly-constructed P176 million Mompong Yapang Bridge, in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro, will boost the province's attractiveness as one of the country’s top tourist destinations.
"Nakapila na rin po ang iba pa nating makabuluhang proyekto tulad sa pagpapaunlad sa Mindoro West Coast Road upang mapalago ang komersiyo at turismo sa inyong probinsiya," he said.
The government, through the Department of Agriculture (DAR under the leadership of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, continues to expand the agriculture and irrigation projects.
"Mais at palay nga po ang pangunahing produktong agrikultura ng Occidental Mindoro. Magpapatuloy po ang suporta ng inyong gobyerno sa pagkakaloob ng makabagong kagamitan, patubig at paghahanda sa kalamidad upang masiguro ang inyong masaganang ani," he said.
"At ang sabi po niya sa atin, sa susunod daw pong taon, hindi na daw po nating kailangang mag-angkat ng bigas at mas panatag na ang kalooban ninyo sa presyo ng inyo pong sinaka. At dahil nga number two kayo consistently, baka naman next year number one na kayo, puwede na rin daw tayong magluwas nang matataas na klase ng bigas sa 2013. Ang pakiusap lang, makisama sana ang panahon," he said.
The President also stressed the government's plans to further provide programs to improve the educational system in the country.
"Sa 2013, wala ng kulang na silid-aralan. Pero siyempre makikiusap rin po ako, gamitin natin ito para sa kabataan hindi sa – baka may mahilig ng ballroom dancing o PTA (Parents Teachers Association) meeting activities.
Unahin natin ang mga estudyante muna kung pupuwede lang po. Dito nga po sa Occidental Mindoro, nakapagpatayo na tayo ng 175 classrooms. Sa tulong nito, hindi na mala-sardinas ang mga mag-aaral sa silid-aralan," the President said.
The President also underscored the need to provide the people of enhanced health services. He, likewise, assured that the government is enhancing the conditional cash transfer program to help alleviate poverty.
"Dito po sa Occidental Mindoro, mahigit 24,700 na ang pamilyang katuwang natin sa ating Conditional Cash Transfer Program. Kaisa po natin sila sa pamumuhunan tungo sa magandang kinabukasan," he noted.
Also present during the event were Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II, Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson, Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla, and Transportation and Communications Secretary Emilio "Jun" Abaya Jr. PND (js)
President Aquino cites Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas for maintaining strictest standards of fair, honest, complete broadcast reporting
(TAGAYTAY CITY) President Benigno S. Aquino III cited the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) for maintaining the strictest standards of fair, honest and complete broadcast reporting in the Philippines by which media practitioner-members have bound themselves to emulate.
The President said in his speech keynoting the KBP’s 38th Top Level Management Conference here on Thursday that after 40 years, the KBP has managed to maintain and even improve its standards of broadcast reporting etiquette.
“Ang sabi ko na nga lang po, mabuti’t laging nariyan ang Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas. Sa loob ng mahigit apat na dekada, itinataguyod at patuloy ninyong iniaangat ang pamantayan ng pagbabalita. Kasabay ng pangangalaga sa mga karapatan ng inyong kasapi bilang mga brodkaster, isinusulong din ninyo ang responsableng pamamahayag sa inyong masugid na pagbabantay sa ethical standards sa broadcast media,” the President said.
He added that the KBP, together with government, has gone further in just reporting news to include important government achievements worth broadcasting to Filipinos wherever they are by coordinating with the Outdoor Advertising Association of the Philippines and the Advertising Foundation of the Philippines.
“Sa pamamagitan ng advertising campaigns, special events, at iba pang social marketing projects, napapagyaman natin ang mga katangian ng Pilipino—tulad ng katapatan, disiplina, pagbabayanihan, at ang kahusayan sa pandaigdigang entablado,” the President said.
“lyan lang po ang mga halimbawang pagpapatunay na kayang magkaisa’t magtulungan ng pamahalaan at ng media,” he added.
He called on the KBP to always foster the concept of thinking of others before oneself and towards the betterment of the country.
“Ang panawagan ko lang po sa ating lahat: sa bawat pagkakataon, pagsumikapan nating iangat ang isa’t isa. Sa bawat pahayag na ating ilalabas, lagi’t lagi nating isipin ang kapakanan ng ating kapwa, at ang ikabubuti ng ating bansa,” the President said.
“Sa huli, tayong mga lingkod-bayan ay pare-pareho pa ring mga alagad ng katotohanan. Tungkulin nating makapaghatid ng sapat at matapat na impormasyon; obligasyon nating pagsilbihan ang nag-iisa nating boss—ang taumbayan,” he added.
“Bilang nagkakaisang lahi, iwaksi na natin ang kultura ng hilahan, ng tulakan, at ng pag-uunahan; sama-sama nating isulong ang pagbabagong atin nang nasimulan,” the President said.
The KBP is an organization composed of owners and operators of radio and television stations in the Philippines. It was established in April 1973 by representatives of 19 broadcasting companies with the objectives of 1) elevating the standards of broadcasting; 2) promoting positive social change; 3) disseminating information on development; and 4) establishing better business practices between the broadcast media and the advertising industry.
The Top Level Management Conference is an annual event attended by owners and executives of broadcasting corporations to assess the Philippine broadcasts industry’s performance in fulfilling its economic and social objectives and to determine action that should be taken to enhance its contributions to Philippine society. PND (rck)
President Aquino assures more infrastructure projects for Cavite
TAGAYTAY CITY) President Benigno S. Aquino III assured residents of the province of Cavite on Thursday that the government would continue implementing infrastructure projects to improve the traffic flow and overall road safety in the province.
Speaking to reporters at the sidelines of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas’ 38th Top Level Management Conference, the President said the Department of Public Works and Highways had various projects lined up that were already being implemented or are soon to be implemented for the province’s benefit.
“We are really improving all the roads between Manila and Cavite. And talagang either, we are fixing the roads or widening them,” Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson, who was with the President, said.
Singson added that the DPWH would soon be implementing “other major initiatives” such as the Ternate-Nasugbu road project that will decongest the Tagaytay Ridge that goes to the province of Batangas and will provide a scenic view on the Ternate, Puerto Azul, all the way to Camilo Coast.
Another infrastructure project, Singson said is the Cavite-Laguna Expressway “that will open up the whole of Cavite and Laguna especially as we try to decongest Metro Manila.”
The President then interjected with a list of infrastructure projects lined up for the province of Cavite: asphalt overlay and widening of the Manila-Cavite Road, Kawit-Noveleta Diversion Road, including right of way acquisition; Governor’s Drive- Carmona- Dasmarinas-Trece Matirez Road including bridges and approaches; widening of the Pulunan Bridge and its approaches; construction of the Kawit-Noveleta Diversion Rood including road right of way acquisition and then, lastly, the widening of the Bangkal-GMA Bridge in Dasmarinas.
“So, we will continue to improve, because this is the major thrust of the government --- tourism,” Singson said. PND (rck)
President Aquino to invoke international treaty shared between ASEAN member countries to extradite Filipino-Malaysian to face charges
TAGAYTAY CITY) President Benigno S. Aquino III will invoke an international treaty shared between Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) –member countries to extradite a Filipino-Malaysian wanted for allegedly duping hundreds of Filipinos of their hard earned savings by enticing them to invest in a multi-level marketing company he put up.
In an interview at the sidelines of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas 38th Top Level Management Conference held here on Thursday, the President said that the ASEAN Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) could be invoked to bring back Aman Futures Group, Incorporated founder Manuel Amalilio to the Philippines to face charges.
Amalilio was reportedly spotted in Malaysia after fleeing the country.
“Actually, sa ASEAN, merong tinatawag na MLAT, iyong Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty. We can invoke that,” the President said.
He added that that the National Bureau of Investigation has been coordinating with its counterparts in Malaysia in searching for Amalilio.
“Pero ganunpaman po, kailangan nating mailagay, madala sa bars of justce itong mga taong ito at iyon na nga po hinahanap nating lahat itong involved at nandoon pa rin tayo, kailangan nating dumaan doon sa proseso na may mga preliminary investigation bago pa pumutok itong isyung ito na on going tungo sa pagpa-file ng information para mabigyan tayo ng Korte ng hold order saka mga warrant of arrest,” the President said. PND (rck)