President Aquino extols non-government organizations as partners of government in nation building and development
President Benigno S. Aquino III lauded the non-government organizations as partners of government in nation building and development during rites commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Caucus of Development Non-Governmental Organization (CODE-NGO) Networks held at the Skydome of SM North Edsa in Quezon City on Thursday.
In his speech keynoting the event, the President called the civil society organization-members of CODE-NGO as “pillars of good governance” who act as “bridges” connecting the people and government through their active participation in his administration’s reform program.
He said that NGOs serve as the eyes and ears of government in getting the pulse of the nation and how to effectively address its needs and wants.
“Isa po sa mahalagang bunga ng mapayapang rebolusyon sa EDSA ang pag-usbong ng ating Non-Government Organizations. Sa pagbagsak ng diktadurya, bumangon ang kalayaan sa pamamahayag at lumawak ang pakikibahagi ng mamamayan sa mga isyung panlipunan. Dito tumingkad ang diwa ng sama-samang pagkilos upang maisakatuparan ang mabubuting adhikain para sa bayan,” the President said.
“Sa ating administrasyon, isa kayong matibay na haligi ng mabuting pamamahala. Mga mata kayong nagbabantay laban sa katiwalian; mga taingang nakikinig sa suliranin ng taumbayan; at mga tinig na inihahayag ang saloobin ng mga naisasantabi sa lipunan,” he added.
This year’s celebration coincides with the holding of CODE-NGO’s 5th Congress themed “Breaking Barriers in Civil Society’s Constructive Engagement for Development.”
It is considered the largest gathering of civil society leaders in the country which includes six national networks and six regional networks, representing more than 1,600 development NGOs, peoples’ organizations and organizations nationwide and serves as the culmination of CODE-NGO’s 20 years of influencing public policy and contributing to increasing the effectiveness of civil society’s social development work in the country.
CODE-NGO holds its Congress every 5 years, to evaluate its work for the past years and set its directions for the future. This year’s congress will approve the coalition’s Strategic Plan for the next five years.
Joining the President were Budget and Management Secretary Florencio Abad, Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Soliman, CODE-NGO chair Andrea Patricia Sarenas and Peace Process Secretary Teresita Deles. PND (rck)
Aquino urges non-government organizations to help in choosing next set of leaders in coming polls
Citing their invaluable role as partners of government in nation building and development, President Benigno S. Aquino III called on the non-government organizations, particularly those belonging to the Caucus of Development NGO (CODE-NGO) Networks to help in guiding Filipinos choose the next batch of leaders in next year’s mid-term elections.
The President, in his speech keynoting the 20th year anniversary and 5th Congress of CODE-NGO held at the Skydome of SM North Edsa in Quezon City on Thursday, said that these civil society organizations can help Filipinos make an informed choice of whom to vote for as they are now familiar with his governing style as compared to past administrations.
“Sa Mayo, muli tayong haharap sa sangandaan na huhubog sa ating kinabukasan at kasaysayan. Bukod sa pagbabantay ng mga balota, maging gabay sana tayo ng mamamayan sa pagpili ng mga itatalagang pinuno,” the President said.
“Sa matagal na panahon, nasadlak tayo sa pag-iisip na pare-pareho lang ang lahat ng gustong maglingkod sa gobyerno. Pero nakita ninyo ang pagkakaiba ng estilo ng aming pamumuno, sa dinatnan nating status quo. Hahayaan ba nating pamunuan tayong muli ng mga kawatan at nanlalamang? Huwag naman po sana,” he stressed.
He said his administration’s ability to implement government reforms in just two years in office was made possible through the efforts and support of the people who believe in treading the straight path and are concerned with proper governance.
“Sa susunod na mga taon, tiyak na mas mapipintog pang bunga ang ating mapipitas kung iisa pa rin ang direksyong ating tinatahak. Sa tulong ng ating NGOs, kompiyansa akong patuloy tayong makakapagpunla ng magandang bukas para sa Pilipinas at sa Pilipino,” the President said. PND (rck)
Malacanang says state of emergency in Maguindanao remains in effect to ensure peace and order in the province
As the country commemorates the third year of the Maguindanao massacre on Friday, the Aquino government said the state of emergency in Maguindanao remains in effect to ensure the peace and order situation in the province.
Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said during the regular press briefing in Malacanang on Thursday that at present the government sees no reason that would warrant to lift the state of emergency in the province.
Former president and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo placed Maguindanao, Sultan Kudarat and Cotabato City under a state of emergency on November 24, 2009, a day after the massacre occurred in Ampatuan town in Maguindanao. The massacre claimed the lives of 58 civilians, most of them mediamen.
The country commemorates on Friday, November 23, the third year of the Maguindanao massacre which was dubbed as the bloodiest single-day killing in the country’s electoral history.
Lacierda said the government has yet to receive requests from the local government officials to lift the state of emergency in the province.
"During the first year (of Aquino's term), December of 2010 if I remember it right, we had a meeting with the local government officials of Mindanao. And there was a discussion as to whether to lift it or not, the common consensus of the local government leaders, and I include also the Governor of Maguindanao, Governor (Esmael) Mangudadatu, they recommended that the state of emergency be maintained," Lacierda said.
"Now that there’s upcoming elections also, there is no call from them to lift the state of emergency and I think that is still the position taken by the local government officials there. So the state of emergency, as of this briefing, is still in place and to ensure peace and order in the area of Maguindanao, especially in these coming elections," he said.
Lacierda said Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas has already identified Maguindanao as one of the fifteen provinces in the priority election watchlist.
President Benigno S. Aquino III remains committed on his promise to provide protection for the witnesses and the victims’ relatives, Lacierda said.
He also said that the administration is doing everything in its power to serve justice for the slain victims of the massacre and appealed to the judiciary to expedite the trial.
"As to the others, in terms of hastening or expediting the judicial process, we have time and again made our plea to the judiciary to expedite the process, without of course sacrificing due process. Hopefully, with the appointment of Justice Marvic Leonen in the Supreme Court, they can find a way to answer the plea of the massacre victims," Lacierda said. PND (js)
Aquino government attributes new record high set by Philippine Stock Exchange index to country's sound fiscal and economic fundamentals
The Aquino government attributed the new record high set by the Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) to the country's sound fiscal and economic fundamentals in the midst of economic turmoil in the world.
Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda issued the statement during the regular press briefing in Malacanang on Thursday after the PSEi set a new record Wednesday.
Amid bullish sentiments, the index increased by 0.61 percent or 33.60 points, to 5,534.18 points, the reports said.
"We hope that the trend will still continue. It shows that our fiscal and economic fundamentals are sound. That’s the reason why we have renewed strength and vibrancy in our stock exchange," Lacierda said.
"This is a sentiment shared not only by the foreign investors, not only by the credit rating agencies, but also by the International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde. So, the Philippines is an investment oasis in the midst of economic turmoil in the world," Lacierda said.
"The PSEi high yesterday of 5,534.18 is the administration’s 50th high," Lacierda said. PND (js)