Aquino cites Department of Agriculture and PhilRice for improving country’s efficient use, distribution of rice
SCIENCE CITY OF MUNOZ, Nueva Ecija) President Benigno S. Aquino III cited the Department of Agriculture and the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) for leading the government’s quest for rice self-sufficiency.
In his speech read by Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, the President thanked the DA and PhilRice for adhering to the Aquino administration’s battle cry of “Tuwid na Daan” (straight path), particularly for their efforts to improve the country’s efficient use and distribution of the staple through the development of rice varieties more palatable but resistant to pests and forces of nature.
“Kung dati milyon-milyong tonelada ng bigas ay nabubulok sa mga warehouse dahil sa maling pamamalakad, ngayon dahil sa tapat at tamang pamamahala, hindi lamang rice self-sufficiency ang habol natin kundi, kung pakikisamahan tayo ng panahon sa 2013, tayo na din ang mage-export ng bigas,” the President told participants who attended the 27th anniversary of PhilRice which coincided with the formal launching of 2013 as the "National Year of the Rice."
“Nagawa natin ito dahil may mga kabalikat tayong walang ibang hangad kundi baguhin ang tiwaling kalakaran. Nagawa natin ito dahil sa loob ng 27 taon, hindi bumitiw ang PhilRice sa mandatong bigyan ng mahusay at sapat na binhi ng palay ang mga Pilipino,” he added.
“Nagawa natin ito dahil sa buong dedikasyon ng Kagawaran ng Agrikultura na humanap ng iba-bang solusyon upang tumaas ang produksyon at kita ng ating magsasaka at mangingisda. Nagawa natin ito sa likas na sipag at sigasig ng ating lahi,” the President concluded. PND (rck)
Aquino renames Caticlan Airport in Panay Island in Aklan to 'Godofredo P. Ramos Airport'
President Benigno S. Aquino III has renamed the Caticlan Airport in Panay Island, Aklan to "Godofredo P. Ramos Airport" in honor of the former Aklan Congressman, Governor and Court of Appeals Justice.
The Chief Executive renamed the seventh busiest airport in the country by virtue of Proclamation No. 500 signed by Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa on November 7.
Ramos was called the Father of Aklan because as a congressman, he authored House Bill No. 334, proposing the separation of Aklan from Capiz.
The bill was approved by the House of Representatives on May 9, 1955 and was later approved by the Senate on April 16, 1956. It was finally signed by President Ramon Magsaysay as Republic Act No. 1414.
"The renaming of Caticlan Airport to 'Godofredo P. Ramos Airport' is in recognition of his dedication to public service and unwavering commitment to the development of the Province of Aklan," President Aquino said. PND (js)
President Aquino underscores need for country’s leaders to seek God’s help to achieve sustained economic growth
President Benigno S. Aquino III underscored the need to seek God's help in leading the nation to achieve inclusive and sustained economic growth.
In his speech at the opening day of the Asia for Christ Movement (AFCM) Mission Congress 2012 held at the Plenary Hall of the Philippine International Convention Center, along Roxas Boulevard in Pasay City on Tuesday, the Chief Executive acknowledged God's intervention to help the country's leaders in initiating changes in the fulfillment of their aspiration for the country’s stability and prosperity.
"Aminin ko sa inyo ho, nung nagumpisa kami sa ating panunungkulan eh talaga hong bigay ang katapusan ng bawat araw sa dismaya na natutuklasan natin na mga problema na kailangan ayusin," the President said.
The President said he is seeking God's guidance in dealing the issues and concerns of the country and the Filipino people.
"At ang naaalala ko lang nga ho, siguro ngayon lalo na napatingkad, na kada nga ho sitwasyon kung saan binibigyan tayo ng kalbaryo natin o ang mga mabibigat na problema, eh talagang binibigyan natin ng pagkakataon ang Diyos na tayo’y tulungan at ipakita, number one... ipaalala, na tao ka, mayroon kang kakulangan," he stressed.
"Sa lahat ng nangyayari sa ating bansa, ako na siguro ang unang aamin... Ito ba ay dahil nga ba sa napakagaling ko? Hindi naman siguro.... Ako ba ay napapaligiran ng mas magagaling pa sa akin? Nakakatulong po iyon... pero maski naman magaganda ang plano natin, maski na honest ang ginagawa natin, maski na talagang nagsumumikap tayo... pero hindi po tayo pinagpapala... eh wala naman rin pong mangyayari. Pero magtiwala ka at hindi mo kaya, sagot ka Niya," the President said.
He cited the congregation's long track record of Christian services and civic work that has inspired many of the Filipinos in their pursuit and continuing journey of national transformation.
"Nakakagalak talagang nakikita kayong lahat dito, nagkakasama sa pananampalataya at pagtitiwala sa kapangyarihan ng pagdarasal," the President noted.
During the event, the President was prayed over by the church leaders led by Brother Eddie C. Villanueva, chairman of the AFCM and Spiritual Director and International president of the Jesus is Lord Church Worldwide.
Among those who participated during the event were Dr. Dexter Low, vice chairman, AFCM; Bishop Dan Balais, National Director, Philippines for Jesus Movement, National chairman, Intercessors for the Philippines; Bishop Leo Alconga, National chairman, Philippines for Jesus Movement, Treasurer, AFCM; Dr. Andrew Liuson, chairman, Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches, and Rev. Reuben Seevaratnam, Senior Pastor, Global Harvest, Malaysia, among others. PND (js)
President Aquino says pilot of ill-fated Piper Seneca plane that killed DILG Secretary Robredo failed to adhere to aviation industry's standards
President Benigno S. Aquino III said the pilot of the ill-fated Piper Seneca plane that killed Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse Robredo failed to adhere to the aviation industry's standards that affected the air worthiness of the aircraft which crashed off the coast of Masbate on August 18.
Citing the initial findings of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), President Aquino noted pilot error and the plane operator's insufficiency of experience as factors that affected the air worthiness of the plane.
"Heto po ang resulta ng imbestigasyon: Bagaman marami ang nagsabing ekspertong piloto si Captain Jessup M. Bahinting, wala siyang angkop na karanasan at kasanayan sa one-engine inoperative emergency. Malinaw ito nang nabigo niyang panatilihin ang ligtas na paglipad ng eroplano nang iisang makina na lamang ang gumagana," he said during the press briefing in Malacanang on Tuesday.
President Aquino said evidence showed that the pilot committed errors on that fateful day.
"Bukod dito, dalawampu’t tatlong minuto matapos silang mag-take-off sa Mactan, batid na ng piloto na palyado ang kanilang makina, subalit sa halip na bumalik, tumulak pa rin sila sa Naga. Inabot pa sila ng pitumpung minuto sa himpapawid bago ang kanilang pagbagsak. Ibig sabihin, kung agad silang bumalik sa Mactan, mataas ang posibilidad na naiwasan ang aksidente," he said.
"Pangalawa, taliwas sa Piper Seneca Flight Manual Procedures for twin-engine planes ang pagbababa niya ng landing gear at flaps kahit na hindi tiyak kung aabot sila sa runway ng Masbate," he said.
Aviatour’s mechanics, who maintained the Piper Seneca, were not authorized to conduct any form of maintenance on the aircraft, the President noted.
Based on a number of documents collected by the investigation panel, the President said, apparently Aviatour’s has allegedly been in connivance with one inspector from CAAP to violate regulatory requirements.
"Nobyembre 2011 nang pinalitan ang right-hand engine propeller ng bumagsak na Piper Seneca di umano. Upang matiyak na ligtas sa paglipad ang eroplano, nag-file ng propeller overhaul report si G. Nelson Napata, ang Director for Maintenance ng Aviatour’s noong Enero, na agad namang inaprubahan ng CAAP Airworthiness Inspector na si G. Fernando Abalos. Ayon sa aircraft test flight report ng CAAP, nabigyan ng test flight clearance, inabot ng isang oras ang test flight, at “satisfactory” ang kondisyon ng Piper Seneca," he said.
"Subalit ayon sa isinagawang imbestigasyon, walang record sa aircraft logbook ang nasabing test flight. Wala ring nakatalang flight plan dito, ayon sa Mactan International Airport. Malinaw po ang ginawa nilang panlilinlang at pandaraya. Ang naging kabayaran: buhay ng tatlong tao," he said.
Aquino vowed to rid corruption in the industry and to hold those responsible accountable for their acts.
The President tasked the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), the CAAP, and other concerned agencies, to continue strengthening and expediting the reforms for the aviation industry. He directed the re-auditing of all the permits and licenses approved by CAAP.
"At kung may makita tayong dumaan sa shortcut at lumabag sa mga nakasaad sa Philippine Civil Air Regulations, agad po nating babawiin," he said.
President Aquino said the administration is now studying and enhancing the regulations in the management of Flying Schools, Air Taxis, approved Maintenance Organizations, and other groups related to the country’s aviation industry.
He, likewise, directed the DOTC and the CAAP to craft new mechanisms that will be more strict in implementing industry regulations.
"Ayaw na nating mangyari ang ganitong trahedya sa kahit kanino. Wala ni sinuman sa atin ang gugustuhing mawalan ng magulang, ng anak, o ng kaibigan dahil lamang sa katamaran, pagkukulang, o panlalamang ng iba. Higit sa luha’t pagluluksa, higit sa mga parangal at pagkilala, tiyak pong mas makabuluhan, at mas gugustuhin ni Jesse kung may matutuhan tayo sa trahedyang sinapit niya. Huwag nating hayaan na mapunta sa wala ang kaniyang pagkawala," he said. PND (js)